Natasha McCarthy is head of policy at the British Academy, leading a team working on issues spanning public policy, research and higher-education policy, and capacity-building campaigns for language and quantitative skills. Natasha was previously director of education at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, heading the development of a new Masters in Public Administration, and prior to that head of policy at the Royal Academy of Engineering.
She has produced reports with significant influence and impact in government on topics such as privacy and data collection, resilience to climate change, the emergence of autonomous systems and the ethical challenges facing practising engineers. She is author of Engineering: A Beginner’s Guide, a tour of the social, cultural and historical impact of engineering which demonstrates the way engineers have changed our world and the need for engineers and wider society to continue to shape it in a sustainable way. She is co-editor of the Springer publication, Philosophy and Engineering: Reflections on Practice, Principles and Process, and is a member of the steering committee of the Forum for Philosophy, Engineering and Technology. She was previously a lecturer specialising in philosophy of science, logic and Wittgenstein at the University of St Andrews.
'Privacy is Dead. Long Live Privacy?'
"The Battle of Ideas is where we can step out boldly where the angels – or should that be demons – of conventionality fear to tread."
Nicky Charlish, participant, 2009