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Bernd Stahl

Professor of Critical Research in Technology, Faculty of Science



I have been a member of the School of Computer Science of the University of Nottingham since October 2022.

Between 2003 and 2023 I was a member of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility of De Montfort University, serving as its director between July 2010 and September 2022.

From 2000 to 2003 I was a lecturer with a joint appointment at the German Department and the Department of Information Systems of University College Dublin, Ireland

From 1998 to 2003 worked on my PhD and held a research assistant position at the University of Witten / Herdecke in Germany.

Between 1987 and 1997 I served as an officer of the German army.

Research Summary

From 2013 to 2023 I was a member of the EU Future and Emerging Technology Flagship project Human Brain Project.

I have been working on the integration of responsible (research and) innovation in ICT research through a number of projects which led to the creation of the non-profit Observatory for RRI in ICT (ORBIT) which has now taken the form of a non-profit spin-out company jointly owned by the University of Oxford, De Montfort University and its directors (which includes me).

Past Research

I served as coordinator of these EU projects

In addition, I have contributed to numerous further projects funded by the EU, EPSRC, CIGREF.

Future Research

My research interests cover philosophical issues arising from the intersections of business, technology, and information. This includes ethical questions of current and emerging of ICTs, critical approaches to information systems and issues related to responsible research and innovation.

At present I am particularly interested in exploring the role of the metaphor of an ecosystem when exploring ethical and social issues of emerging technologies, such as AI.

School of Computer Science

University of Nottingham
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