Public Trust, Deliberative Engagement and Health Data Projects: Beyond Legal Provisions

Categories: journal article

Title: Public Trust, Deliberative Engagement and Health Data Projects: Beyond Legal Provisions Authors: Nishtha Bharti, Cian O’Donovan, Melanie Smallman, James Wilson Journal: Engaging Science, Technology, and Society Abstract In England, a new scheme for collating and sharing General Practice data has faced resistance from various quarters and has been deferred repeatedly. While insufficient communication and … Read More

Capabilities for transdisciplinary research

Categories: journal article

Title: Capabilities for transdisciplinary research Authors: Cian O’Donovan, Ola Michalec and Josh Moon Journal: Research Evaluation Download full paper: https://academic.oup.com/rev/advance-article/doi/10.1093/reseval/rvab038/6481782 DOI: doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvab038 Abstract Problems framed as societal challenges have provided fresh impetus for transdisciplinary research. In response, funders have started programmes aimed at increasing transdisciplinary research capacity. However current programme evaluations do not adequately measure … Read More

The politics of robotics research

Categories: journal article

Title: What is robotics made of? The interdisciplinary politics of robotics research Authors: Ola Michalec, Cian O’Donovan and Mehdi Sobhani Journal: Humanities & Social Sciences Communications Download full paper: nature.com/articles/s41599-021-00737-6 Abstract: Under framings of grand challenges, robotics has been proposed as a solution to a wide range of societal issues such as road safety, ageing … Read More

Technology and Human Capabilities in UK Makerspaces

Categories: journal article

Title: Technology and Human Capabilities in UK Makerspaces Authors: Cian O’Donovan and Adrian Smith Download full paper: 10.1080/19452829.2019.1704706 Abstract: The relationship between technology and human capabilities is an ambivalent one. The same technology can expand capabilities for some users under certain circumstances, whilst diminishing capabilities for others situated differently. In this paper we analyse human … Read More

A co-design framework for empowering future care workforces

Categories: blog

Cross-posted from: https://www.tas.ac.uk/a-co-design-framework-for-empowering-future-care-workforces/ Just before 8pm on the last Thursday of March 2020, millions of us in the UK picked up a pot and a wooden spoon. We headed for our front doors, our balconies and our windows. And when our clocks struck the hour we started banging. The covid clap for carers kept going … Read More

UK Covid-19 Inquiry: Terms of Reference Consultation Response

Categories: government consultation

Response by Cian O’Donovan, Melanie Smallman and Jame Wilson, UCL. This is a written response submitted by the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator’s Data-Use workstream to the online consultation at ukcovid19inquiry.citizenspace.com. In this submission we recommend that the UK Covid-19 Inquiry pursue a comprehensive evaluation of data use during the pandemic. The inquiry should establish how … Read More

Project: Empowering Future Care Workforces

Categories: Uncategorized

I’m leading a new research project starting April 1st 2022. It’s funded by the UKRI Trusted and Autonomous Systems Hub and the aim is to develop methods and principals with which to center the capabilities and wellbeing of health and social care workers in future technology design and evaluation. We’ve got an amazing team of … Read More

Updated pre-print: Accountability and neglect in UK social care innovation

Categories: working paper

Author: Cian O’Donovan Abstract: Accountability structures in social care are critical. They facilitate democratic decision-making, responsibility and the equitable distribution of benefits. This study examines how innovation and technology is implicated in such structures. In the UK, innovation and technology researchers have predominantly imagined care as service provision, with accountability structured through paternalistic and technocratic … Read More

NHS Scotland seminar – empowering digital workforces

Categories: video

KIND Learning Network webinar January 2022: Empowering digital workforces – getting the basics right and beyond from NES on Vimeo. As part of my UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator work, here’s a webinar I ran with colleagues from NHS Education for Scotland. It’s based on Ethics Accelerator work on data-use in social care during COVID-19. I … Read More

Evidence submission – Coronavirus Act (2020) Two Years On

Categories: government consultation

Title: Coronavirus Act (2020) Two Years On – written evidence submitted to the Department of Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee call Authors: Cian O’Donovan, Melanie Smallman, James Wilson Download submission from UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator. More about the consultation: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1718/coronavirus-act-2020-two-years-on/

Debate needed on post-pandemic rules for medical data

Categories: op-ed

Op-ed piece in Research Professional News and published in Research Fortnight issue 600 Author: Cian O’Donovan Date: December 1st 2021 The full-length piece is available online https://www.researchprofessionalnews.com/rr-news-political-science-blog-2021-12-debate-needed-on-post-pandemic-rules-for-medical-data/ A shorter version of the article was published in issue 600 of Research Fortnight is available here and reproduced below.

Exhibition: Tomorrow’s Home 2050

Categories: exhibition

Over the last year I’ve been a consultant on Tomorrow’s Home 2050, a real-life exhibition looking at the future of health and care technologies in the home. The exhibition is organised by UCL’s Institute of Healthcare Engineering and runs until January 9th 2022 at London’s Museum of the Home with a series of online events … Read More