Rosamund Powell



Senior Research Assistant, Centre for Emerging Technology and Security (CETaS)


Rosamund works as a Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Emerging Technology and Security (CETaS). Prior to joining CETaS, Rosamund worked as an Ethics Research Assistant within The Alan Turing Institute, contributing to the public policy programme research agenda. While at the Turing, she has co-authored research reports exploring topics at the intersection of artificial intelligence, ethics, and policy.

Rosamund also has direct experience engaging with international policymakers. In 2020, she was seconded to UNESCO, providing AI ethics expertise with a view to assisting the Secretariat in the implementation of the ‘Recommendation on the Ethics of AI’. Previously, she has also engaged international legislators on AI policy through her work with the Interparliamentary Forum on Emerging Technologies.

She has a BA in Natural Sciences and MSc in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (first class) from the University of Cambridge. During her Masters, Rosamund’s work focused on the social history of AI. Her graduate dissertation uncovered details of the first known conference dedicated to the social implications of machine intelligence.

Research interests

Rosamund’s research draws on her background in the history and philosophy of science. Her past research has focused in particular on the intersection of AI with social justice, the ethics of digital mental health technologies, and the origins of AI ethics.

Rosamund is also interested in supporting policymakers and parliamentarians in the UK and internationally in their work to regulate emerging technologies. Finally, she is interested in communicating research results to wider audiences, for example through video, as was the case in the Advancing Data Justice film series.