Eleanor started her career in financial technology before co-founding an e-commerce company. Now a Senior Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, she maintains her strong interest in commercial concerns and opportunities in AI by working to bridge the gap between industry in academia in AI Ethics. She runs a team that is building the world's first free auditing online tool that allows companies to meet the EU AI act's obligations - which have been enriched with feminist and antiracist principles. She previously explored what AI ethics currently means to AI engineers at a major tech multinational the size of Meta. Her advisory work in the AI Ethics space also includes the UN Data Science & Ethics Group's 'Applied Ethics Toolkit'. On this site you can learn more about her past and present projects, media appearances, and publications.
Her other research investigates how AI relates to structural inequality, including systems of race and gender. Her work on AI-powered hiring tools has been published by Philosophy & Technology, and her research into how AI scientists are shown on-screen has been published by Public Understanding of Science and covered by media outlets like the BBC, Forbes, the Telegraph, and international news outlets. For information on these and other activities, see the Projects page.
She has been an invited guest on BBC 4 Moral Maze, BBC Radio 3 Arts & Ideas, and BBC World Service, and is a regular panelist and keynote speaker in corporate, public and academic settings, including The Southbank Centre, Lost Village festival, Google Deepmind, the United Nations, BNP Paribas, NatWest, The Open Data Institute (ODI), and the Institute of Science & Technology. For more information on media appearances and how to book Eleanor, see the Media page.
Eleanor is the co-host of The Good Robot Podcast, which is among the world's top 5% of most listened podcasts, where she interviews top scholars and technologists about AI ethics. She's also TikToker for Carole Cadwalladr's All The Citizens' data rights channel.
She is the author of The Planetary Humanism of European Women’s SF: An Experience of the Impossible (2023), a history of science fiction written by women from 1666-2016. She's co-editor of Feminist AI: Critical Perspectives on Algorithms, Data, and Intelligent Machines and the forthcoming book The Good Robot: Why Technologies of the Future Need Feminism with Bloomsbury.
She has an international dual degree PhD from the University of Bologna and the University of Granada, where she was an Early Stage Researcher for the EU Horizon 2020 ETN-ITN-Marie Curie Project “GRACE” (Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe). She has made two short films about science fiction utopias and dystopias, and co-created a feminist quotation-generating App called 'Quotidian'.