Chris Neels

Chris Neels’ work spans informatics, design, business, and the humanities. His current research at University College London’s Department of Science and Technology Studies investigates innovation practices and the social effects of technology.

Outside of academia, Chris has an extensive background in strategic innovation and foresight consulting, data analytics, and programme management. He most recently managed innovation projects at the consultancy Idea Couture (acquired by Cognizant). His work supported product innovation, service design, customer experience, and foresight programmes at companies including FedEx, Ford, JM Smucker, Johnson & Johnson, Telus, and Petro-Canada. Prior to this, Chris was a Consultant in Deloitte’s Technology Strategy division with engagements in technology strategy, advanced analytics, M&A, and digital transformations. He also interned at SAP and BlackBerry.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the University of British Columbia and is an MSc candidate in Science, Technology and Society at University College London.


  • The Natural Roots of Artificial Intelligence, Towards Data Science
  • The Importance of Incentives in the Development of Autonomous Vehicles, Predict
  • Perpetual Accommodation: A History of Technology-Driven Change, MISC Magazine
  • The Machine and Me: On being connected, and the device you wake up to look at, The Six Hundred
  • More than Profitability: Understanding Startup Excellence, MISC Magazine
  • Contact

  • Email: chris (at) neels (dot) ca.
  • Blog: Medium
  • Network: LinkedIn