May Hen-Smith

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Researcher at Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge


Leverhulme Trust Early Career Researcher, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

May Hen-Smith is a fiscal sociologist and socio-legal researcher interested in blockchain, decentralised finance (DeFi), digital assets, offshore finance, tax and the digital economy.

May Hen-Smith's current project is called 'Taxing Ghosts: Transnational Residency Issues in the Digital Economy' (2023 2026), a Leverhulme Trust funded study following the experiences of start-ups and established tech companies as they navigate through the economic systems which generate their value and the regulatory systems which constrain their growth.

Her other ongoing project is a 10-year longitudinal study of women in offshore finance. It chronicles the experiences and career trajectories of women in offshore financial centres and compares those experiences to women in metropolitan financial centres.