Alexander Babuta

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Theme Lead, Defence and Security


Alexander Babuta is Theme Lead for National Security and Technology Policy within the defence and security programme at The Alan Turing Institute. His research focuses on the policy implications of emerging technology for UK national security. 
Prior to joining the Turing, he worked within the UK Government as AI Futures Lead at the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, where he led a programme of research and policy development activities exploring the medium to long-term impacts of AI and data-driven technologies. Before this he worked as a Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where he led the Institute’s research programme on digital policing, technology and national security policy. He was lead researcher for RUSI’s GCHQ-sponsored project on Artificial Intelligence and National Security, and has also co-developed new national guidance for police use of data analytics. 
He is Vice-Chair of the Essex Data Ethics Committee, Associate Fellow at the University of Bristol, Research Associate at the National Centre for Gang Research (University of West London), and a SPRITE+ Expert Fellow (Security, Privacy, Identity and Trust Engagement Network). He is currently studying for a Doctorate in Criminology, critically assessing data-driven approaches to offender risk assessment. He holds an MSc with Distinction in Crime Science from University College London (UCL), where his dissertation explored the use of data science methods for police risk assessment of missing children. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from UCL.