IFLAS has been researching and teaching on local currencies, cryptocurrencies and blockchain since 2014 when our University became the first public University in the world to accept bitcoin. Since then we have always had Ph.D. students studying this area, taking a multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon social theory to explore the implications for the public of a multicurrency future.
We are now seeking new applications for Ph.D. research in this field, to start October 1st 2018. The opportunity is suited to people who work on this topic and could do a Ph.D. part-time over 4 or 5 years. They would work alongside a full-time Ph.D. student who works with the new Lake District Pound, and with Professor Jem Bendell as their supervisor. Most supervision is provided remotely, and so the number of visits to campus during the programme can be negotiated (the July 2019 summer school is obligatory).
There is no funding, but the fees for part-time students with UK or EU residency are very competitive (under 2000GBP a year).
If you already have a Masters degree and are interested, please write one page about your idea for your research and your motivation, and send it before May 10th to Professor Jem Bendell [email: jem(dot)cumbria(at)cumbria(dot)ac(dot)uk]. If your idea is relevant, then you will hear within a week of initial contact and be invited to submit a formal application before the end of May to enable an October 1st start.
More information on our Institute is available at www.iflas.info
More information on our views on blockchain and crypto is here.
Our latest peer reviewed paper on the topic, from Prof Bendell, is here.
Our international engagement on this topic is via Prof Bendell chairing the organising committee of a UN event on blockchain. Information here.