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

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Title: Capabilities for transdisciplinary research Authors: Cian O’Donovan, Ola Michalec and Josh Moon Journal: Research Evaluation Download full paper: DOI: 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

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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 … Read More

Technology and Human Capabilities in UK Makerspaces

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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


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HDCA 2022: Digital transformation in UK sheltered housing

Categories: presentation slides

Paper title: Understanding evolving digital transformation in UK sheltered housing in terms of capabilities, resources, and empowerment Authors: Cian O’Donovan, Ralitsa Hiteva, Kate Simpson, Melanie Smallman Presented at the Human Development and Capabilities Approach Conference, Antwerp, 2022. Submitted abstract: This article was originally going to be about processes of digital transformation in institutional situations. How … Read More

TAS All Hands Meeting 2022 – Empowering Poster

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A giant A0 research poster the Empowering team presented at the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub 2022 annual meeting. It’s a pretty accurate representation of the theory and the stakes and the research focus right before we start our empirical work.

A co-design framework for empowering future care workforces

Categories: blog

Cross-posted from: 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 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