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Understanding the Emergence and Evolution of Cryptocurrencies


How do cryptocurrencies emerge, evolve, and impact consumer behavior?

With the changing landscape of trust and our dependence on digital networks in this age, the role of cryptocurrencies in our future is certain. It is not inconceivable that digital cash will soon replace the Canadian dollar that has been central to our economy since the mid-19th century. Different cryptocurrencies are emerging all over the globe mostly ushered by Bitcoin and its key innovation: the blockchain.

Bitcoin has challenged many of our ideas about who can create money, and brought into focus issues of privacy, transparency, and traceability of all transaction information. While this resulted in growing trust in cryptocurrencies, it remains unclear which cryptocurrencies will persist and evolve into widespread use. It is crucial to study how these digital currencies emerge, evolve, and persist; and how consumer behavior drives this evolution, since they are interlinked with other societal and economic transformations inherent to the digital age.

What is this research about?

Professor Mariam Humayun received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant to study how different cryptocurrencies emerge and evolve, how these communities shift and how consumers are navigating the new frontiers of crypto-assets.

Project title: Consuming Cryptocurrencies: The Consumer Journey Blockchain

Who will benefit from this research?

The knowledge gained from this work will shed light on how various cryptocurrencies and their respective communities are evolving, the consequences of transitioning from paper money to more widespread use of digital cash. This will help governments, banks, and other organizations determine whether digital money can be trusted, and whether the transition is beneficial. Will Canada have its own national cryptocurrency to replace the Canadian dollar? Perhaps. In that sense, this work could have important repercussions for the Canadian economy and all Canadians.

About the Author

Rania Nasrallah a rejoint le bureau de recherche Telfer en 2019. Elle a obtenu son doctorat en médecine à l'Université d'Ottawa et apporte à ce rôle plus de deux décennies d'expérience en recherche. Rania participe à tous les aspects du mandat du Bureau de la recherche et est responsable de fournir un large éventail de services aux membres du corps professoral et aux étudiants de recherche de deuxième et troisième cycle. Elle gère les subventions internes et les bourses d'études, et participe à la stratégie de communication de la recherche. Elle fournit également un soutien aux chercheurs avant l'attribution des subventions afin de maximiser le succès du financement au niveau national et international. En outre, elle travaille en étroite collaboration avec le Vice-doyen à la recherche pour élaborer et mettre en œuvre des stratégies visant à améliorer le financement et la vélocité de la recherche à Telfer, conformément à notre vision pour créer un meilleur Canada et un meilleur monde pour tous.<br/><br/>Rania Nasrallah joined the Telfer Research Office in 2019. She completed her PhD in Medicine at the University of Ottawa and brings over two decades of research experience to this role. Rania is involved in all aspects of the mandate of the Research Office and is responsible for providing a wide range of services to faculty members and research based graduate students. She manages internal grants, student awards, and participates in the research communication strategy. She also provides pre-award support to researchers to optimize funding success nationally and internationally. In addition she works closely with the Vice Dean Research to develop and implement strategies to enhance research funding and intensity at Telfer following our vision to create a better Canada and a better world for all.

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