Bristol Digital Futures Institute is a community of University of Bristol academics and external partners with a shared mission: digital innovation for a better future.
Professor Susan Halford, Co-Director
Susan, is a social scientist, Professor of Sociology and President of the British Sociological Association. Susan has a long-standing commitment to interdisciplinary research across the social sciences and engineering. Her research focuses on the politics and practices of digital data, methods and infrastructures, with particular attention to questions knowledge, power and inequalities, and she is committed to developing collaborative spaces where new forms of knowledge about digital data, methods and architectures can be pioneered.
Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Co-Director
Dimitra, is Professor of High-Performance Networks and Director of Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol. Her specialisms are in the fields of high-performance networks, programmable networks, wireless-optical convergence, 5G and smart city infrastructures. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the smart city project, Bristol Is Open, and leads the Bristol City/Region 5G urban pilots.
Dr Jenny Knapp, Director of Programmes and Operations
Jenny is responsible for delivering BDFI-awarded programmes, the first of which is a £100m+ investment in space and facilities by Research England, 27 partners and University of Bristol. She also manages the operations and running of the specialist BDFI facilities.
Hayley Shaw, Institute and Partnerships Manager
Hayley manages the running of the Institute and supports both BDFI researchers and partners to connect across disciplines and sectors, and to catalyse new research or innovation. Her expertise is in connecting people across disciplines and sectors to co-create transformative approaches.
Sophie Turner, Project Manager
Sophie is seconded to BDFI from the University’s Strategic Programmes and Projects Team and is assisting with the implementation of the Research England grant.
Julia Walton, Senior Communications Officer
Julia leads on BDFI's brand, marketing and communications activities.
Chris Burton, Research Administrator
Chris provides administrative support to the institute and its members, including finances, diary management, event support, and governance.
Ellie Griffies Weld Temporary Events and Projects Officer
Ellie is helping to design and deliver BDFI’s events plan.
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