Imperial College London


Business School

Research Fellow



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Dr Catherine Mulligan is a Research Fellow in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship group with a joint appointment to the Department of Computing where she is Associate Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research.  Dr Mulligan is also a Visiting Fellow at the Glasgow School of Art Institute for Design Innovation (INDI)

Her research interests lie in the area of new economic structures enabled by the digital economy, in particular the role of Distributed Ledger Technologies in areas other than financial services as well as the role that technologies play in the creation of citizen-centric smart/sustainable cities.  Through her work as Principal Investigator on the RCUK Digital Economy Program grants: Sustainable Society Network+, Catherine brought Urban Prototyping to London – a festival that brought together a wide variety of disciplines to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems using digital technologies in the urban environment and created a flourishing network of academics across the UK dedicated to applying digital technologies to create sustainability and resilience outcomes.

Catherine has held a number of EPSRC grants, including as PI of Scaling the Rural Enterprise.  Catherine is also a Co-Investigator on "Unleashing the Value of Big Data", CI on the Cybersecurity grant: Cloud Run Protection at Runtime (CIPaRT), and CI on CREDIT: Cryptocurrency Effects in Digital Transformations.

Dr Mulligan regularly advises a variety of governments on the role of digital technologies including the UK, EU and in Asia.

Catherine has 15 years international experience in the Mobile Telecommunications and ICT industries, including 10 years at Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden.  Working on a variety of cutting edge technologies, Catherine experienced first hand the complexities of successfully taking innovation to market.

Catherine has a PhD (Title: The Communications Industries in the Era of Convergence) and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development, both from the University of Cambridge and a BSc. (Hons 1) in Business Information Technology from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Catherine has published several books, with topics ranging from mobile technologies to the evolution of innovation within the communications industries from 1960 through 2010.


Mulligan CEA, Olsson M, 2013, Architectural Implications of Smart City Business Models: An Evolutionary Perspective, Ieee Communications Magazine, Vol:51

Mulligan CEA, 2009, Open API standardization for the NGN platform, Ieee Communications Magazine, Vol:47, ISSN:0163-6804, Pages:108-113

Mulligan CEA, 2008, Embracing Open Source Methods for the Standardization of NGN Services and Enablers, Ngmast '08 Proceedings of 2008: the Second International Conference On Next Generation Mobile Applications, Services, and Technologies, Pp 628-633

Brooks A, Utbult F, Mulligan CEA, et al., 2000, Early Lifecycle Work: Influence of Individual Characteristics, Methodological Constraints, and Interface Constraints, Journal of Empirical Software Engineering, Vol:3, Pages:269-285

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