Imperial College London


Business School

Casual - Visiting lect, guest spkr, ext. examiner



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Dr Catherine Mulligan is a Visiting Researcher in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship group with a joint appointment to the Department of Computing where she is Co-Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency ResearchCathy delivers research in technical, economic and policy applications of digital technologies and digital transformation.  In addition to her theoretical research, she also has extensive experience of translating her research into real world solutions for multi-national corporations and start-ups alike.

She is a Fellow and an Expert of the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council through the GULF and a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Co-Operation.  

Until December 2017, Cathy served as standardisation lead for the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Task Force and Vice Chairman of the ETSI ISG on Context Information Management.  She was 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 cybersecurity and Distributed Ledger Technologies in the creation of trust in digitally-enabled industries, governments and in the creation of citizen-centric smart/sustainable cities.

Catherine has held £5.1 million of grants, including 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 Australasia. 

She has acted as an advisor and Non Exec Director to several companies.

Prior to her academic career, Catherine gained 15 years international experience in the Mobile Telecommunications and ICT industries.  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.



Spanaki K, Gürgüç Z, Mulligan C, et al., 2019, Organizational cloud security and control: a proactive approach, Information Technology and People, Vol:32, ISSN:0959-3845, Pages:516-537

Mulligan CEA, spanaki D, Gurguc Z, et al., 2017, Data Supply Chain (DSC): Research Synthesis and Future Directions, International Journal of Production Research, ISSN:0020-7543

Berti G, Mulligan C, 2016, Competitiveness of Small Farms and Innovative Food Supply Chains: the role of food hubs in creating sustainable regional and local food systems, Sustainability, Vol:8, ISSN:1937-0709


Zamyatin A, Wolter K, Werner S, et al., 2017, Swimming with fishes and sharks: beneath the surface of queue-based ethereum mining pools, 25th Annual Meeting of the IEEE International Symposium on Modelling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems, IEEE

Spanaki K, Adams R, Mulligan C, et al., 2016, A Research Agenda on Data Supply Chains (DSC), British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference

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