I research, write, and advocate about emerging technologies and society. Two questions drive my work:
- How can the benefits of emerging technologies best contribute to a flourishing world?
- What diverse kinds of knowledge, systems and human capabilities do we need to imagine and build this world?
My work is about finding ways in which innovation can be directed towards social progress, and calling out reasons why it so often is pointed in the opposite direction. Reasons such as incumbent power, special interests and systematic inequalities. I work at UCL’s Department of Science and Technology Studies where I investigate how research practices and policy shape complex infrastructure such as social care data. Right now my main focus is the UKRI-funded UK Ethics Accelerator.
I also do my best to ensure this work contributes to building for movements that can challenge powerful interests and achieve a more sustainable and fairer world. In 2014 I helped found Uplift, Ireland’s largest people-powered organisation for change, where I advise on strategy and governance.
c:\>recent writing, research notes and papers
- Co-creation. What now?
- How incumbency shapes public engagement
- Tracking imaginations of modern sustainability
- Public Trust, Deliberative Engagement and Health Data Projects: Beyond Legal Provisions
- A-levels 2021: understanding grade inflation and fairness
- A levels 2021: understanding grade inflation, inequalities and data flows during covid-19 assessments
- Consultation on the Data Saves Lives strategy. Written evidence submitted by the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator’s Data-Use workstream
c:\>projects and profiles
- UCL – Department of Science and Technology Studies
- SCALINGS – Scaling up co-creation, pathways and challenges for socially robust innovation
- UK Ethics Accelerator – Coordinating and Mobilising Ethics Research Excellence to Inform Key Challenges in a Pandemic Crisis
- Uplift – people-powered change
- Twitter – @cian
- ORCiD – orcid.org/0000-0003-4467-9687
- ResearchGate – researchgate.net/profile/Cian_Odonovan