Living and dying with covid: When every life counts equally, how should we count deaths?

Authors: Cian O’Donovan, Melanie Smallman, James Wilson Project: UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Originally published: https://ukpandemicethics.org/living-and-dying-with-covid-when-every-life-counts-equally-how-should-we-count-deaths/ Summary: Counts of covid-19 deaths will continue to influence government responses for some time to come Infrastructures for counting deaths must be adapted to fit evolving circumstances As we adapt to living with covid-19 data that report how people die […]


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Mandating vaccination in care homes

Project: UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Government consultation response: https://ukpandemicethics.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Mandatory-Vaccination-in-Care-Homes.-Response-from-the-UK-Pandemic-Ethics-Accelerator-Data-use-and-Public-values-transparency-and-governance-workstreams.pdf


Categories: government consultation

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: 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 […]


Categories: journal article

Bloomberg Quicktake: Robots bring smiles to care homes

A short package Bloomberg ran on some of the technology roboticists have deployed in care homes during Covid. Some innovation studies and STS angles provided by me. It’s a snappy edit so here are some talking points I wrote-up in advance: Watch the video here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2021-01-04/robots-bring-smiles-to-care-homes-video Or inline here:


Categories: video

En Avant: End of year mix, 2020

Most years between Christmas and New Year I make a mix-tape for friends. Here’s this year’s effort on Mixcloud. Tracklisting:clipping. – The Deep; The Revolutionaries – Kunta Kintae Dub; MC Yallah – Ndi Mukazi; Sarathy Korwar – Birthright (feat. Zia Ahmed, Mirande & Swadesi); Moor Mother and Yatta – Dial Up; Fort Romeau – Fantasia; […]


Categories: research notes

Pre-print: Accountability and neglect in UK social care innovation

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 configurations […]


Categories: working paper

“We don’t get paid for empty beds”

A snippet of research that I’ve just been expunged from a working paper on how care and accountability are imagined in the UK’s social care infrastructures. An interview with Mike Padgham, managing director of the Saint Cecilia’s care home group in Scarborough reveals to the Financial Times the choice [care home operators like him] faced […]


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