Special Interest Group on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Research Group Summary

The blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are already transformative forces in 21st century commerce, and will likely continue to be for the foreseeable future.  This is a special interest group for researchers and practitioners interested in blockchain and cryptocurrencies.  Topics include, but are not limited to: theory, technology development, legal and regulatory issues, tax, public policy, culture and society, and ethical issues.

Key Contact

Members - UC Staff

Members - Non-UC Staff

  • Chai Kim: Consultant, Partner; Coingrid
  • Nir Kshetri: Researcher; University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Robbie Morrison: Researcher; University of Canterbury
  • Pedro Reyes: Researcher; Baylor University
  • Amitrajit Sarkar: Researcher; Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Raghav Sood: Researcher, Consultant; Coinhako and University of Canterbury
  • Xin Zhang: Researcher; University of Canterbury


  • A symposium on the Blockchain in Business, Culture, and Society
    University of Canterbury, College of Law, Rm 236; 25 May 2018, 10am to 5:30pm
    A symposium on the blockchain in business, culture, and society.
  • An Evening with the Korean Ambassador to New Zealand, Hosted by the Special Interest Group for Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies and the Overseas Korean Traders Association.
    College of Business and Law, University of Canterbury; 3 August 2018
  • An Informal Introduction to Blockchain
    College of Business and Law; 6 April 2018
    The Special Interest Group for Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies will host the The Overseas Korean Trader's Association for an informal session about the uses and applications of blockchain. The session will begin at 6:30pm in the Law 105 lecture hall.
  • Blockchain & Business: How programmable value is disrupting finance
    Christchurch, New Zealand; 21 May 2019
    Panel discussion about blockchain and cryptocurrencies, for Techweek 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Blockchain 101 and impacts on supply chains
    Christchurch, New Zealand; 5 July 2018
    An address, presented by Dr. Stephen Wingreen for the members of The Manufacturer's Network, about the applications of blockchain for supply chain management.
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
    Christchurch, New Zealand; 6 March 2018
    A colloquium for the SIGNAL ICT Graduate School, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Blockchain in business, culture, and society: A research agenda
    University of Canterbury, Haight Library; 9 May 2019
    A seminar for the University of Canterbury library, about the research agenda of the Special Interest Group for Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.
  • Congratulations to Charcy Zhang for her conference proceeding!
    Yokohama, Japan; 26-30 June 2018
    Zhang X., Sharma R. and Wingreen SC. Block-chaining in precision healthcare: A design research approach. 22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2018).
  • Congratulations to Pouyan Jahanbin for his conference proceeding!
    Stockholm, Sweden; 8-14 June 2019
    Jahanbin P., Wingreen SC. and Sharma R. (2019) A blockchain traceability information system for trust improvement in agricultural supply chain. Stockholm, Sweden: ECIS 2019 - 27th European Conference on Information Systems, 8-14 Jun 2019.
  • The DAO controversy: The case for a new species of corporate governance?
    University of Otago, College of Business; 20 April 2018
    A research seminar, presented by Dr. Stephen Wingreen for the faculty and students of the University of Otago.

Subject Area: Disciplines



  • Overseas Korean Trader's Association, $ (Partner)
  • Coingrid, $ (Partner)