James Edwards, PhD, is a researcher and consultant at Soramitsu Helvetia AG and a senior researcher at SINUS Markt- und Sozialforschung GmbH.
James is a social scientist with an interest in innovative research methodology, sociotechnical and socioecological systems, and the emergence and transformation of markets and market-based societies. After studying Philosophy at Grinnell College and receiving a doctorate in Systematic Musicology from UCLA, he worked as a visiting scholar at Okinawa International University and taught at Lewis & Clark College before joining the research team at SINUS Markt- und Sozialforschung GmbH in 2017 and the research and innovation team at Soramitsu Helvetia AG in 2020.
James’ work consists of research coordination and consulting for governmental and civil society organisations worldwide, with an emphasis on the study of sociotechnical transformations. At Soramitsu, he has focused on public-sector applications of blockchain, in particular central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and advanced regulatory systems. He has authored or co-authored books and peer-reviewed publications on a wide range of topics and given presentations at numerous conferences, most recently the International Sociological Association’s 2021 Forum on Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, and Intersectionality and the Hyperledger Global Forum 2021.