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I am interested in the power of innovation and techno-visionary science to create futures in profound and uncertain ways, how we can engage as a society with those futures and how we can take responsibility for them. I research the politics, risks, ethics and governance of innovation and emerging technologies in society, from big data in financial services and machine learning to planetary climate engineering and innovation for international development.  My research interests sit at the intersection of innovation governance and science and technology studies as a critical, interdisciplinary scholar, working closely with colleagues across science and engineering (and in particular computer sciences). 

My current research efforts are focused within the ESRC Centre for Socio-Digital Futures, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity and the UKRI funded National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (REPHRAIN).  More recently I have been developing a particular interest in exploring arts - based, immersive approaches for engendering reflexivity and dialogue around emerging technologies.  I am also starting to research ideas around the ethical and governance dimensions of synthetic media, avatars and metahumans, with a particular preoccupation with the digital afterlife. 

I am Unit Director for Undergraduate Dissertations.   

 

 

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  • Digital Societies

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