Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Conference Keynote Speakers

Prof Eivor Oborn ( Warwick Business School, UK)

Eivor Oborn is current Professor of Healthcare Management in the area of Innovation and Organisational Change at Warwick Business School, UK. She earned her PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2006, and is currently an honorary Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School and Fellow at the Cambridge Digital Innovation Centre (CDI). Eivor is also a Visiting Professor at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Sweden. Eivor is Senior Editor at MISQ and has published work in leading journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Information Systems Research and MISQ. Her research interests span the fields of healthcare, online communities, digital innovation & ICTs, as well as entrepreneurship in ecosystem contexts. She is particularly interested in research that seeks to address social and organisational problems, linked with the use of digital technologies. She has employed a wide variety of theoretical perspectives which include practice theory, adoption and diffusion of IT innovation, theories of time and theories of knowledge in her work. She teaches in the area of Change Management, Strategic Health Leadership and Corporate Entrepreneurship.

Prof Paul Watson ( Newcastle University & National Innovation Centre for Data, UK)

Paul Watson FREng is Director of the UK's National Innovation Centre for Data, and Professor of Computer Science at Newcastle University. He is also a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. After working in industry designing designing parallel database servers he moved to Newcastle University where his research and teaching has focussed on scalable data engineering. Professor Watson is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Chartered Engineer. He received the 2014 Microsoft Jim Gray eScience Award.

Journal Editors

Additional information about editors taking part in the "Meet the Editor" session will be made available in due course.

Prof Charles Dennis (Journal of Business Research)

Prof. Charles Dennis is Professor of Consumer Behaviour at The Business School, Middlesex University (UK); and Associate Editor in the Marketing section of Journal of Business Research. His main teaching and research area is (e)retail and consumer behaviour – the vital final link of the Marketing process. Charles qualified as a Chartered Marketer, elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing for helping to modernise the teaching of the discipline. He was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence for improving the interactive student learning experience at Brunel University. He has over 100 publications in refereed journals and books, including British Journal of Management, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Business Research; Psychology & Marketing; Information Technology & People; International Journal of Electronic Commerce; and European Journal of Marketing. Books include Smart Retailing: Technologies and Strategies, 1st & 2nd editions (joint-authored with Dr Eleonora Pantano); Internet Retailing and Future Perspectives 1st & 2nd editions (joint-authored inter alia with Dr Eleonora Pantano; Marketing the e-Business 1st & 2nd editions (joint-authored with Dr Lisa Harris); and research monograph Objects of Desire: Consumer Behaviour in Shopping Centre Choice (Palgrave). Current research focuses on (e-)consumer behaviour, especially in relation to consumer wellbeing, responses to technological advances and digital exclusion

Prof Yogesh K. Dwivedi (International Journal of Information Management)

Yogesh K. Dwivedi is a Professor of Digital Marketing and Innovation and Founding Director of the Emerging Markets Research Centre (EMaRC) at the School of Management, Swansea University, Wales, UK. In addition, he holds a Distinguished Research Professorship at the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune, India. Professor Dwivedi is also currently leading the International Journal of Information Management as its Editor-in-Chief. His research interests are at the interface of Information Systems (IS) and Marketing, focusing on issues related to consumer adoption and diffusion of emerging digital innovations, digital government, and digital and social media marketing particularly in the context of emerging markets. Professor Dwivedi has published more than 500 articles in a range of leading academic journals and conferences that are widely cited (more than 41 thousand times as per Google Scholar). He has been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2020 and 2021 lists from Clarivate Analytics. Professor Dwivedi is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Marketing, Government Information Quarterly and International Journal of Electronic Government Research, and Senior Editor of the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research.

Prof Thanos Papadopoulos (British Journal of Management)

Thanos Papadopoulos is Professor of Management (Operations Management/Information Systems) and Director of the Technology, Innovation Management, and Enterprise (TIME) Research Centre at Kent Business School. Before, he was the MBA Director (until April 2020). He is also Associate Editor for 'International Journal of Operations and Production Management' and 'Benchmarking: an international journal'. He has published over 140 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences including: Inter alia, the British Journal of Management, Decision Sciences European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Production Planning and Control. Recently Thanos was included among the top 2% researchers in Business Management area in global list of researchers prepared by Stanford University. He currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Industrial Management and Data Systems.

Prof Matthew Jones (European Journal of Information Systems)

> Matthew Jones is a Reader in Information Systems at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the relationship between information systems and social and organisational change, especially in the healthcare sector. He has also published extensively on theoretical and methodological issues in information systems research. Matthew is currently a Senior Editor at the European Journal of Information Systems, Information and Organisation and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and on the Editorial Board for Health Informatics Journal, Information Technology and People and Organization Studies and is the current Chair of IFIP WG8.2 (Information Systems and Organisations).

Practice Insights

Paul Wealls (IoTNorth)

IoT North, an IoT community, Paul Wealls will share his story of building a successful community of IoT developers, makers, hackers, business owners and people just interested in the what, why and how of the Internet of Things. The community evolved from a product validation process Paul was carrying out for a TaTa communications invested start up, discovering a great amount of enthusiasm and intelligence in IoT but with no home. With 35 members at the first event IoT North is now home to over 5600+ members across the globe, but mostly UK based.

Doctoral & Early Career Consortium

Barry Hodgson (National Innovation Centre for Data)

Barry leads on strategy and operations for the National Innovation Centre for Data. He has deep experience of entrepreneurship and innovation in the software industry and portfolio management of large-scale research projects in academia. Having started with a university tech spin-out, he was involved in multi-million-dollar acquisitions where he was the Director responsible for due diligence, finance and investor relations. Returning to academia he has focussed on data and played a major role in attracting over £100m in funding to the region including his work to establish the National Innovation Centre for Data at Newcastle University.

Dr Matthew Forshaw (Alan Turing Institute/Newcastle University)

Dr Matthew Forshaw is Senior Advisor for Skills to The Alan Turing Institute, and a Senior Lecturer in Data Science at Newcastle University. His work in data and AI skills includes working with the Government on the skills pillar of the National Data Strategy, leadership of skills policy initiatives through the Data Skills Taskforce, and as Expert Advisor to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). His work on professionalisation of the data science occupation with the Alliance of Data Science Professionals is having a major impact on public and professional policy and practice, setting professional values and ethical standards for the use of data science and AI for the UK’s accreditation and certification processes across several major professional bodies. He is passionate about democratising access to, and widening participation into, data and AI skills training at all levels.

Prof Rachel Franklin (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University)

Rachel Franklin is a Professor of Geographical Analysis in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, theme lead for Spatial Analytics at Newcastle Data, Co-I for the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems, and the University Lead for Newcastle for the Alan Turing Institute, where she is also a Fellow. Her primary research focus is in spatial demography and the interplay between spatial analytics and demographic change, in particular quantifying patterns, sources and impacts of spatial inequality. She also maintain an ongoing interest in pedagogy, especially the teaching of methods. She has taught spatial analysis, GIS, and quantitative methods for well over a decade, with a pedagogic orientation towards policy applications and the social sciences and humanities, and is the co-author of a recent textbook aimed at teaching GIS for the social sciences. She is the current editor of the journal, Geographical Analysis, and sit on the Board of the Regional Studies Association, as Chair for Diversity and Inclusion.