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

Workshop: Human capabilities for interdisciplinary research

Categories: presentation slides

A workshop presented at the 2021 ESRC/NCRM Festival of Methods. October 28th 2021 Organisers: Ola Michalec (University of Bristol), Joshua Moon (University of Sussex), Cian O’Donovan (UCL), Mehdi Sobhani (Bristol Robotics Laboratory). 2021-ESRC-Methods-Fest-capabilities-211028-3Download

Co-creation. What now?

Categories: presentation slides

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 … Read More

Smart city robot competitions: how incumbency shapes public engagement

Categories: Uncategorized

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, … Read More