I’m a researcher, writer and speaker whose interests spiral around data and culture with particular specialties in artificial intelligence, biotechnology and health. I research, consult, speak and write about areas where these themes meet, producing varied materials – papers, reports, fictions, events, keynotes, data vis or other interactive tools- depending on a project’s needs.

I spend part of the week as a program manager at Doteveryone, an independent think tank in London. My research covers the whole system of health and care, and responsible innovation and policy within the space. Previously I studied at the UCL Interaction Centre and Great Ormond Street Hospital, looking at how emerging digital technologies are implemented in hospitals. Before that I spent three years as a senior researcher in Nesta‘s Futures team and Health Lab, and was a researcher at Science Practice, doing ethnography and speculative design for a synthetic biology project.

Examples of my consulting and research work include researching bioinformaticians’ workflows and practice in order to design new tools for genetics research and publish a peer reviewed paper, researching public opinion on the commercialisation of health data for a report for the Wellcome Trust, exploring the ethical and regulatory frame of artificial intelligence in government decisions in events, integrating research with fiction for a plausible, optimistic future of the NHS, writing and editing one collection of stories and essays exploring a post-antibiotic apocalypse and another on the future of collective intelligence

I’ve consulted for the Wellcome Trust, Ipsos Mori and the BBC, the Cabinet Office’s Big Data Ethics board, the Government Office of Science and the Science Museum’s Big Data exhibit. I write regularly for New Scientist.

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