About

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

Formerly Program Manager of Doteveryone’s Better Care Systems and Senior Researcher in Nesta‘s Futures team and Health Lab, I now work freelance. Clients in 2019 and 2020 include the Health Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the Design Council,  the Scottish Government and multiple health and care technology startups.

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 the BBC, the Cabinet Office’s Big Data Ethics board, the Government Office of Science and the Science Museum’s Big Data exhibit, written for the Guardian, Telegraph and New Scientist. I regularly lecture at universities both on my research interests and on creative and participatory research methods.

When not working with data, health and care I perform comedy both live and in podcasts, for which I won a 2019 Audioverse award.

Get in touch: hi@lydianicholas.com or @lydnicholas