Christopher Carr, BSc MSc PhD


About me

I am a Wallscourt Fellow in Financial Technology at the University West of England, Bristol: UWE staff profile

Previously I held a postdoctal research and innovation position at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

I completed a joint PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2019. My PhD thesis, entitled: Towards Fairness and Decentralisation in Modern Cryptocurrencies, was successfully defended in 2019.

My thesis was selected for an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis award. It can be found on the QUT eprint website here: phd-thesis.

My primary supervisor from NTNU was Colin Boyd, and my cosupervisor was Kristian Gjøsteen. At QUT, my principal supervisor was Xavier Boyen.

I also hold a bachelors degree in Mathematics from Keele University and a masters degree in Mathematics of Cryptography and Communication from Royal Holloway University of London.

I am also the Cheif Technology Officer and a founding member of a blockchain tech startup Graphchain AS.

Research interests

My interests lie in various aspects of cryptography, blockchain technology, and disruptive financial technologies. I am interested in aspects of blockchain technology such as sustainability, energy consumption, energy trading, crime and accurate comparisons to traditional systems.

My previous research has looked at some of the major challenges facing blockchain technology, including scalability, decentralisation and energy consumption. I have also worked on other areas such as fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) and identity based encryption (IBE).

I occasionally give talks and consult on blockchain related technologies.

PhD opportunities

I am always interested to talk about potential PhD proposals. If you are interested in working within a similar area, feel free to get in contact.

Teaching and lecturing

This spring (2020) I have taught a masters level course called The Fintech Environment at UWE. The course looked at both the technical side of disruptive technologies, including Blockchain, AI and Big Data. It also contains many guest lecturers from both large and small Fintech organisations.

This autumn I will be teaching a third year undergraduate module on Fintech. This will be similar in structure to the masters course, with some adjustments for the level.

I have also been responsible for teaching two masters level courses at NTNU: Information Security and a newer course on Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies. I have also been involved in teaching Information Security and Wireless security throughout my PhD.

I have supervised numerous masters student projects. If you are thinking of writing a masters project that overlaps with my area, feel free to get in touch.


A list of my publications can be found on dblp.uni-trier and Google Scholar.

Invited talks and presentations (short highlights)


Email is the best way to get in touch:

chris [dot] last_name [at] uwe [dot] ac [dot] uk