(A full list of papers can be found on Google Scholar).


Chris Elsden, Ludwig Trotter, Mike Harding, Nigel Davies, Chris Speed, John Vines. 2019 Programmable Donations: Exploring Escrow-based Conditional Giving. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland UK. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 13 pages. https: // 

Chris Elsden, Tom Feltwell, Shaun Lawson and John Vines. 2019. Recipes for Programmable Money. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland UK. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 13 pages. https: //

Anne Spaa, Abigail Durrant, Chris Elsden and John Vines. 2019. Understandingthe Boundaries between Policymaking and HCI. In: CHI 2019 – ACM Conference on HumanFactors in Computing Systems 2019, 4-9 May 2019, Glasgow, UK.

Chris Elsden, Inte Gloerich, Anne Spaa, John Vines & Martijn de Waal. 2019. Making the blockchain civic. Interactions, 26(2), 60-65.

Chris Elsden, Ludwig Trotter, John Vines and Chris Speed. 2019. Darkening Programmable Donations. In CHI4EVIL – CHI 2019 conference on Creative Speculation on the Negative Effects of HCI Research, 4th – 9th May 2019, Glasgow, UK. (pdf)


Chris Elsden. 2018. A quantified past : fieldwork and design for remembering a data-driven life. PhD Thesis (Newcastle University). [Open Access] 

Ella Tallyn, Larissa Pschetz, Rory Gianni, Chris Speed, and Chris Elsden. 2018. Exploring Machine Autonomy and Provenance Data in Coffee Consumption: A Field Study of Bitbarista. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 2, CSCW, Article 170 (November 2018), 25 pages. DOI: [Open Access]

Raluca Bunduchi, Chris Elsden, Kate Symons, Chris Speed. Adding value with blockchain: an explorative study in the charity retail sector. In Proc. ISPIM Innovation Conference.

Chris Elsden, Arthi Manohar, Jo Briggs, Mike Harding, Chris Speed, and John Vines. 2018. Making Sense of Blockchain Applications: A Typology for HCI. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 458, 14 pages. DOI: [Open Access]

Chris Elsden, Bettina Nissen, Karim Jabbar, Reem Talhouk, Caitlin Lustig, Paul Dunphy, Chris Speed, John Vines. HCI for Blockchain: Studying, Critiquing, Designing and Envisioning Distributed Ledger Technologies . (CHI EA’18), (forthcoming). ACM.


Chris Elsden, John Vines. Speculative Approaches to Understanding DAOs. In Proc. DIS 2017 Workshop on New Value Transactions – Understanding and Designing for Distributed Autonomous Organisations. (pdf)

Chris Elsden, Abigail C. Durrant, David Chatting, David S. Kirk. Designing Documentary Informatics. In Proc. Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ’17). ACM,  649-661. DOI:, ACM. (pre-print PDF)

Chris Elsden, David Chatting, Abigail C. Durrant, Andy Garbett, Bettina Nissen, John Vines, David S. Kirk. On Speculative Enactments. In Proc. CHI  2017 (5386-5399), ACM. (HONOURABLE MENTION, top 5% of papers)

Chris Elsden, Aisling O’Kane, Paul Marshall, Abigail Durrant, Rowanne Fleck, John Rooksby, and Deborah Lupton. 2017. Quantified Data & Social Relationships. In Proc. CHI 2017 Extended Abstracts (644-651), ACM. DOI: (pdf)

David Chatting, David S. Kirk, Abigail C. Durrant, Chris Elsden, Paulina Yurman, and Jo-Anne Bichard. 2017. Making Ritual Machines: The Mobile Phone as a Networked Material for Research Products. In Proc. CHI 2017 (435-447), ACM. DOI:

Abigail Durrant, David Kirk, Diego Trujillo Pisanty, Wendy Moncur, Kathryn Orzech, Tom Schofield, Chris Elsden, David Chatting, and Andrew Monk. 2017. Transitions in Digital Personhood: Online Activity in Early Retirement. In Proc. CHI 2017 (6398-6411), ACM. DOI:

Chris Elsden, Abigail Durrant, David Chatting, David Green, David S. Kirk. Abacus Datagraphy: A Speculative Enactment. In Proc. 3rd Biennial Research Through Design (RTD) Conference. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.4746961.


Chris Elsden, Mark Selby, Abigail C. Durrant, David S. Kirk. Fitter, happier, more productive: what to ask of a data driven life. interactions 23, 5 (August 2016), 45-45. DOI:

Chris Elsden, Abigail C. Durrant, David S. Kirk. It’s just my history, isn’t it?: Understanding Smart Journaling Practices. In Proc. CHI 2016 (2819-2831), ACM. DOI: (pdf)

Chris Elsden, Bettina Nissen, Andrew Garbett, David Chatting, David S. Kirk, John Vines. Metadating: Exploring the Romance and Future of Personal Data. In Proc. CHI 2016 (685-698), ACM.  DOI: (HONOURABLE MENTION, top 5% of papers)  (pdf)

Chris Elsden, Sebastian Mellor, Patrick Olivier, Pete Wheldon, David S. Kirk, Rob Comber. ResViz: Politcs and Design Issues in Visualizing Academic Metrics. In Proc. CHI 2016 (5015-5027), ACM. DOI:  (pdf)

Chris Elsden, Abigail C. Durrant, David S. Kirk. The Quantified Past as PIM: Remembering a Data-Driven Life. Proc. CHI 2016 Workshop on ‘Personal Information Management (PIM 2016)’.   (pdf)


Chris Elsden, David S. Kirk, Abigail C. Durrant. A Quantified Past: Towards Design for Remembering with Personal Informatics. Human-Computer Interaction (in press). Taylor and Francis. (pre-print pdf)

Diana Nowacka, Nils Y. Hammerla, Chris Elsden, Thomas Plötz, and David Kirk. Diri – the actuated helium balloon: a study of autonomous behaviour in interfaces.  In Proc. UbiComp ’15, (pp 349-360). ACM.

Chris Elsden, Mark Selby, David S. Kirk, Chris Speed. Beyond Personal Informatics: Designing for Experiences with Data. In Proc. CHI Extended Abstracts  (CHI EA ’15), (pp 2341-2344). ACM.    (pdf)


Chris Elsden & David S. Kirk. A quantified past: remembering with personal informatics.   In Proc. DIS Companion 2014 (pp. 45-48). ACM.   (pdf)

Chris Elsden. Situated remembering with digital technology.  In Proc. DIS Companion 2014 (pp. 145-149). ACM.   (pdf)