Florian Ostmann is the Policy Theme Lead within the public policy programme. His research interests are centred around applications of data science and AI in the public sector, ethical and regulatory questions in relation to emerging technologies across all sectors of the economy, and the future of work and social welfare systems.
Prior to joining the Turing, Florian was a Research Associate at Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy where he conducted research on questions of fairness and transparency in the context of algorithmic decision-making. In relation to these topics, his work has been focused on translating between conceptual frameworks from statistics, computer science, philosophy, and the law, and on thinking about the demands of transparency from an application-specific perspective.
Florian is a member of the Law Committee for the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. His previous experience includes working for the Pan America Health Organization and working as a consultant on responsible investing (with a focus on modern slavery risks), autonomous vehicle policy, and social impact measurement. Florian holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a PhD in Political Philosophy and MA in Legal and Political Theory from University College London. Going back to earlier roles and academic work, he maintains active interests in corporate responsibility and business ethics (with a focus on business & human rights and the ethics of market transactions), bioethics (with a focus on priority-setting and research ethics), and health policy.