Policy research

My current interest is in policy research which lies at the interface between academic research in science and policy-making (i.e., the area where academic knowledge most directly impacts policy-making). In particular, I have been interested in the policy implications of artificial intelligence (AI), a field where long-standing academic research is rapidly breaking into applied sectors such as healthcare, criminal justice, and education. This has raised a diverse range of ethical and policy issues, including accountability, privacy and fairness.

Advancing AI in the NHS (2018)
As a project for Polygeia, a student-driven health think tank, I have led a team of researchers on a project investigating the policy implications of applying AI to the healthcare sector, with a focus on the UK's National Health Service (NHS). The project resulted in a detailed report discussing key issues in areas including data governance, digital infrastructure, standards and regulations, the workforce, and legal liability). As part of the project, we also submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology committee's inquiry on 'algorithms in decision-making', which was cited in their inquiry report.

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
I am also currently gaining experience in a policy-making setting, as a research fellow at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), where I am writing a set of research briefings about sleep deprivation and its policy implications for health, work, education and technology. For more information see the POST project page.