Marion Oswald

Marion is the Principal Investigator and Director of OMDDAC. She is Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in Law at Northumbria University and Associated Fellow of RUSI.  She chairs the West Midlands Police data ethics committee and is a member of the National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee. Marion’s research focuses on the legal, ethical and social issues raised by personal data sharing and the deployment of innovative technology in the public and private sectors, focusing upon administrative and public law and human rights issues.

Ardi Janjeva

Ardi is a Research Analyst at RUSI, and his research focuses on key issues in technology, security and intelligence policy. He co-authored RUSI’s report on Artificial Intelligence and National Security in the UK, and brings expertise on the ethical and regulatory implications of new data-driven technologies.

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Keith Ditcham

Keith is a Senior Research Fellow in RUSI’s Organised Crime and Policing Research Group. He provides specialist research expertise in policing approaches, and has extensive experience in project quality assurance and senior stakeholder engagement. 

Sneha Dawda

Sneha is a Research Fellow at RUSI, and her research focuses on cyber threats and cyber security. She brings expertise on UK cyber policy and cyber resilience. She takes a particular interest in the cyber risk management of rapidly digitalising sectors such as healthcare, and has co-authored a commentary on the cyber resilience of Healthcare Systems during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

James Sullivan

James is Director of Cyber Research at RUSI. James leads a research team that supports UK and international strategic responses to cyber-related challenges. His research focuses on five thematic areas: the cyber threat landscape; improving defence and resilience; legislation and regulation; online education, awareness and behaviour; and the cyber ecosystem.

Professor Charlotte Emmett

Charlotte is an Associate Professor and Director of Learning and Teaching at Northumbria Law School. Charlotte has a specialist interest in mental health and mental capacity law and has taught and researched in this area for many years. She has extensive expertise in medical consent and confidentiality, crucial issues in data-driven approaches to COVID-19.

Dr Mark Warner

Dr Mark Warner

Mark is a Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Sciences at Northumbria University. His research centres around understanding and improving various online social interactions and computer and AI-mediated communication behaviours. He specialises in human-computer interaction and the influence of design on data management and sensitive disclosures.

Dr Matthew Higgs

Dr Matthew Higgs is a Lecturer in the School of Management at the University of Bristol.  Matthew has over 10 years’ experience in designing and delivering data science projects in academia, technology startups, the public sector and industry. He specialises in the assessment of data science validity and scalability of claims.

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Professor Claire Bessant

Claire is an Associate Professor of Law at Northumbria University. Claire’s research interests are primarily focused on two areas: information rights law (encompassing privacy, data protection and information sharing) and family law.

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Guangquan Li

Guangquan is a Lecturer in Statistics at Northumbria University. He is an expert in the application of statistical models to health data and will engage in quantitative evaluation of impacts across the data-driven projects. Guangquan’s current research areas include developing novel spatiotemporal models for forecasting, policy evaluation and surveillance.

Hugh Oberlander

Hugh is OMDDAC’s project officer based at the Royal United Services Institute.

Selina Sutton

Selina is Research Associate for OMDDAC, based at Northumbria University. Selina applies her diverse training in communication and linguistic sciences to the study of interactions with and through technology. To date, she has conducted research on Internet of Things devices (e.g voice user interfaces like Alexa and Siri), and a variety of online and social medias (e.g. blogs, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube) and their communicative tools (e.g. emojis). She also has experience in working in an interdisciplinary team to design health related mobile apps (e.g. anaphylaxis, breast-feeding) and develop health-related algorithms (e.g. a wearable device for healthcare workers that detects correct handwashing technique, a device that can be attached to sunscreen bottles to detect use and notify an app if reapplication is overdue).

Rachel Allsopp

Rachel is Research Associate for OMDDAC, based at Northumbria University (School of Law). Her research interests lie at the intersection between law and technology, most specifically with regard to the legal and ethical implications arising from the ubiquitous use of data-driven technologies in society. Rachel has an industry-based, practitioner background having worked as a Legal and Compliance Executive for a gambling software development company prior to entering academia. In her research, she has sought to combine the unique practitioner insights gained with socio-legal theory to offer fresh perspectives on these contemporary issues.