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

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 […]

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The politics of robotics research

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: 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 […]

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Technology and Human Capabilities in UK Makerspaces

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 […]

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Co-creation. What now?

Some early thoughts on a book chapter project about social innovation and co-creation. Title: Co-creation. What now? Authors: Cian O’Donovan, Melanie Smallman Presented at: 4S Annual Meeting 2021. 9th October 2021 Session: Interrogating “Co-creation”: The good, the bad and the ugly Abstract: Like all the best epistemic imaginaries, co-creation eludes easy interpretation. Researchers have shown […]

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How incumbency shapes public engagement

Title: Programming Engagement in a Smart City Robot Competition. How incumbency shapes public engagement Authors: Carlos Cuevas-Garcia, Cian O’Donovan Presented at: 4S Annual Meeting 2021. 8th October 2021 Session: Making Science in Public Abstract: In the last two decades, robotics competitions have become one of the most iconic events of interaction between robots, students, specialists, […]

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Tracking imaginations of modern sustainability

Preliminary sketch of ideas and research on the role of hope in establishing visions and pathways towards future worlds. Title: Worlds of hope colonised? Tracking imaginations of modern sustainability in the 21st century Authors: Cian O’Donovan, Saurabh Arora Presented at: 4S Annual Meeting 2021. 8th October 2021 Session: Confronting Worlds. The Concept of “Worlds” and […]

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A-levels 2021: understanding grade inflation and fairness

Authors: Ruchi Sharma, Cian O’Donovan Project: UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Originally published: For the second year running students’ A-levels have been graded by their own teachers. Covid-19 has caused disruption throughout the academic year, leading to cancelled exams and forcing changes to how A-levels have been assessed. After last year’s algorithm controversy, the regulator Ofqual […]

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Capabilities for transdisciplinary research

Title: Capabilities for transdisciplinary research Authors: Cian O’Donovan, Ola Michalec and Josh Moon Journal: Research Evaluation Download full paper: 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 the skills […]

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Rapid Response: Re: How the nursing profession should adapt for a digital future

Letter to the BMJ: June 18th 2021 Dear Editor, Digital transformations are not inevitable, and they do not lead inevitably to social progress. Richard Booth and colleagues have provided a timely analysis of a range of emerging technologies that may impact nursing and healthcare. They draw attention to important issues of ethics and suggest […]

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Written evidence on covid-19 lessons submitted to House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Project: UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Submission site: Overview: The two Select Committees were examining the impact and effectiveness of action taken by government and the advice it has received. They are considering a range of issues and we are responding to the consultation under the headings listed, contributing to those where we have expertise […]

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