People

Our team

Our core team is comprised of leading researchers in digital policy, platform governance, human rights and data governance.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Alexandros Minotakis holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Athens in Greece. Among his research interests are critical...

Senior Advisor

Colin Scott serves as Registrar, Deputy President and Vice President for Academic Affairs University College Dublin. Previously, he was the Vice...

Director

Dr Farries is a lecturer in the school of Information and Communication Studies and programme director of the MSc, Graduate Diploma and Professional...

Director

As well as being a professor of Information and Communication Studies, Eugenia Siapera is head of the School of Information and Communication Studies...

Doctoral Candidate

Jet Klokgieters is a first-year PhD student at our Centre. She researches the digital divide in Ireland and the Netherlands. Jet completed our MSc in...

Advisor

Marco Bastos is the UCD Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Information and Communication Studies and senior lecturer at City, University of London. He...

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr Sarah Anne Dunne is a post-doctoral research assistant and administrator for UCD Centre for Digital Policy. Her research interests include digital...

Members

The Centre membership is multi-disciplinary drawing on expertise in media, communications, law, politics, and computer science.

Senior Advisor AI Accountability at Mozilla Foundation and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at TCD

Abeba Birhane is a cognitive scientist, currently a Senior Advisor in AI Accountability at the Mozilla Foundation and an Adjunct Assistant Professor...

Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science, School of Sociology

Arjumand Younus is an Assistant Professor at UCD’s School of Information and Communication Studies, teaching and researching in the area of...

PhD Candidate at School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin

Arthit is a PhD candidate in SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (d-real), working on the mapping of accountability...

Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property Law at UCD Sutherland School of Law

Dr. Bernd Justin Jütte is an Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property Law at UCD’s Sutherland School of Law. He directs the LLM in...

Professor of Linguistics

Bettina Migge is professor of Linguistics in the UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and has been its head of School since 2016. She...

Assistant Professor, School of Information and Communication Studies

Brendan is an assistant professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies in UCD. Brendan has always had a strong interest in the...

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science

I am an associate professor in the School of Computer Science. My research and teaching focus on Human Computer Interaction, with a focus on...

Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science

Dr. Derek Greene is an assistant professor at the School of Computer Science, UCD. He is also a funded investigator at the SFI Insight Centre for...

Assistant Professor School of English, Drama and Film

Diretnan Dikwal-Bot is an Assistant Professor in Digital Media Studies with a broader background in media and cultural politics. Her recent work...

Professor of Information and Organisation

Donncha Kavanagh joined the MIS Subject Area as Professor of Information & Organisation, in April 2013. His research interests include the...

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science

Dr. Georgina Ifrim’s research focuses on developing scalable predictive models for machine learning and data mining applications. Her current...

Associate Professor, School of Politics and International Relations

I am an assistant professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin, a Jean Monnet Chair, and co-founder...

Assistant Professor & Ad Astra Fellow, School of Information and Communication Studies

James is an assistant professor and Ad Astra Fellow at the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies. His research focuses on the political...

Professor of Information and Communication Studies

Professor Shankar is professor of Information and Communciation Studies and a fellow of the Geary Institute. She previously was the head of UCD’s...

Lecturer/Assistant Professor School of Information and Communication Studies

Lai Ma is Assistant Professor at UCD School of Information and Communication Studies. Her current project examines the development of open research...

Assistant Professor, School of Information and Communication Studies

Marguerite Barry is assistant professor at the School of Information & Communication Studies at UCD, programme director for the MSc in...

Lecturer on Arts Management, Queen's University Belfast

Maria O’Brien works as a lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on multiple aspects of cultural and creative...

PhD Researcher at ML-Labs

Naoise McNally is a PhD Researcher at ML-Labs (SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning) and the School of Information and Communication...

Professor of Knowledge and Data Engineering

Professor Cunningham is professor of Knowledge and Data Engineering in the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin. His current...

Assistant Professor, Information and Communication Studies

Páraic Kerrigan is an assistant professor and researcher at the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin. His...

Assistant Professor & Ad Astra Fellow, School of Information and Communication Studies

Patrick Brodie is a lecturer, assistant professor and Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Information and Communication Studies. Patrick’s...

Assistant Professor, School of Information and Communication Studies

Dr. Susan Leavy is an assistant professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin and a funded...

Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Information and Communication Studies

Dr Thompson Gyedu Kwarkye is a postdoctoral fellow at UCD School of Information and Communication Studies. His research interests unite inquiries...

Assistant Professor, School of Information and Communication Studies

Dr. Tijana Milosevic is an Assistant professor at UCD School of Information and Communication Studies (ICS). Her main research topic is human...

Associate Professor, Sutherland School of Law

Dr. TJ McIntyre is an associate professor at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin. His research focuses on issues involving...

Visiting Fellows and Adjunct Assistant Professors

Visiting Fellow

Dr. Bahareh Heravi is a Reader (Professor) in AI and Media at the Institute for People-Centred AI at the University of Surrey. In her research, she...

Visiting Fellow

Hunter Vaughan is Senior Research Associate at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, University of Cambridge. Dr. Vaughan is the author...

Visiting Fellow

Dr Ioanna Noula is a senior researcher and consultant in the areas of democratic citizenship, children’s rights, tech policy and organisational...

Visiting Fellow

Kate Dommett is Professor of Digital Politics at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on digital campaigning, political advertising,...

Visiting Fellow

Dr. Niamh Kirk is a lecturer in the School of English, Irish and Communications at the Univeristy of Limerick. Prior to that, she was appointed as...

Adjunct Associate Professor in Information and Communication studies

Ronan Costello currently works as the Head of European Public Policy at Reddit. Before this, he was a Public Policy Director for the EMEA region at...

Adjunct Associate Professor in Information and Communication studies

Siobhán Cummiskey is a Director of Content Policy at Meta. Her global team writes and interprets policies governing what content people can share...

Visiting Fellow

Dr. Victoria O’Meara is a Lecturer of Digital Media in the School of Arts, Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Her research...

Advisory Board

Members of European Parliament

  • Barry Andrews is a Member of the European Parliament from Ireland for the Dublin constituency. Mr Andrews was a member of Dáil Éireann with Fianna Fáil for the Dún Laoghaire constituency from 2002 to 2011. He is a member of the Committee on International Trade, Delegation to the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly and  Delegation for relations with South Africa. He served as Minister of State for Children from 2008 to 2011. He was appointed CEO of the charity GOAL from 2012 to 2016 and was also the Director-General of the Dublin-based Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), from 2017 until he stood down when he became a candidate in the EE2019 campaign.

Academia

  • Professor Andrea Renda is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy CEPS. He is also a Professor of Digital Policy School of Transnational Governance European University Institute. His current research interests include regulation and policy evaluation, regulatory governance, private regulation, innovation and competition policies, Internet policy, and the alignment of policies for long-term impacts such as sustainability and decarbonization. He also specializes in EU law and policy making, and in international regulatory cooperation.
  • Professor Aphra Kerr is based in NUI Maynooth’s  Department of Sociology. She co-convenes the University’s Technology and Society interdisciplinary research network, and is a member of the Maynooth Social Sciences Research Institute and the Assisted Living and Learning Institutes. She is also the Maynooth lead and academic collaborator with the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology, a multi-institutional research centre in Ireland. Her research focuses on the design, governance and impact of media and technology in everyday life. She has recently published articles on AI governance, and citizen empowerment in smart cities.
  • Professor Linnet Taylor is Professor of International Data Governance at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT). Her research focuses on digital data, representation and legitimacy, with particular attention to transnational governance issues. Her work on group privacy and data justice is used in discussions of technology governance in countries around the world. She led an ERC project on Global Data Justice (2018-23), aiming to develop a social-justice-informed framework for governance of data technologies on the global level. Her work has also been supported by the Luminate foundation and the EU AI Fund. She is a member of the Dutch Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie).

Civil Service

  • Jean Carberry is the Assistant Secretary EU, Digital and Access to Finance Division, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ireland. She leads the EU, Digital and Access to Finance Division of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. She is responsible for domestic and EU digital policy, including leading Ireland’s positions on EU digital and artificial intelligence policy and regulation proposals, and on enterprise adoption of digital technologies, including artificial intelligence. Jean led the development of Ireland’s AI Strategy, published in July 2021, and is responsible for implementation of the enterprise strand of the strategy. Jean is also responsible for EU affairs, Access to Finance and State aid policy. Before she joined the civil service, Jean worked for AXA, Standard & Poor’s and Ernst & Young. Jean is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA in Finance from Fordham University in New York, USA.
  • Celene Craig is the Broadcasting Commissioner at the newly created Coimisiún na Meán. Prior to the founding of the new commission, she was appointed Chief Executive of the BAI, in addition to having worked with its predecessors the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) and the Independent Radio and Television Commission (IRTC). A significant dimension of her work in the BAI has been her responsibilities for the formulation and review of a wide range of broadcasting/media-related policies and for advising on the implementation of legislative and policy changes in the audiovisual field at national and European levels. Most recently, she has led the development of the BAI’s Policy Position on the Implementation of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive and on the Regulation of Harmful Content on Online Platforms. From 2015 to May 2019, she was Chairperson of the European Platform ofRegulatory Authorities (EPRA) and has recently been appointed to the Board of ERGA, the European Commission’s advisory body on audiovisual regulation.

Civil Society

  • Damini Satija is a public policy and human rights professional. Her background is in data and AI ethics with particular specialism in privacy, digital rights and tech equity. She was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation, an independent advisory body in the UK government working on data ethics and responsible innovation. She was also the UK’s appointed policy  expert at the Council of Europe’s Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 2018, she was a Google Public Policy Fellow at Engine Advocacy in Washington D.C., working on tech policy issues affecting entrepreneurs and small businesses in the U.S. including net neutrality, encryption laws, copyright and content moderation. She was also a Global Policy Fellow at the Institute for Technology & Society in Rio de Janeiro, where she researched the implications of assigning property rights to personal data.
  • Liz Carolan is founder and executive director of Digital Action, a campaigning organisation working to protect democratic rights from digital threats. She has been working at the intersection of technology, governance and democracy for 15 years. Her work with government has included supporting elected leaders at the Institute for Government in the United Kingdom and working in the President’s Office in Sierra Leone. She established the Open Data Institute’s international program, supporting accountability efforts in 30 countries, and helped to get the Open Data Charter off the ground as director of strategy.

Industry

  • Ciarán Conlon is Government Affairs Director for Microsoft Ireland/European Government Affairs and adjunct associate Professor at UCD SPIRe. Before joining Microsoft he held research and teaching positions in Economics in University College Dublin (UCD), worked as a Research Economist with Ireland’s largest trade association before spending 8 years as Spokesman and Adviser to former Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny and another 5 years as Special Policy Adviser to Richard Bruton during his 5 year period as Enterprise Minister.  In Microsoft Ciaran supports the government outreach and policy work of Microsoft in Ireland while his role also reports into the EGA team in Brussels, given the particular importance of EU policy to the Irish economy and business environment. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from UCD, Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and a postgraduate Diploma in Strategy, Innovation and Change from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He was appointed by the Irish Government to sit on the National Competitiveness and Policy Council in 2019 and to the Grant Approval Committee of Science Foundation Ireland in 2020 and has been a member of the Irish Government’s Data Forum since 2018.
  • Ryan Meade works with Google in Ireland as Public Policy & Government Affairs Manager. In this role he leads Google’s engagement with government, policy makers, and other stakeholders on a broad range of digital policy issues. Prior to joining Google in 2018, he worked as an independent public policy consultant with clients in the private and NGO sectors. Before this he spent 10 years in politics, working in various roles including as Special Adviser to the Minister for the Environment. Ryan is a member of the National Advisory Council on Online Safety (NACOS) and the Steering Group of Media Literacy Ireland.

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