Eleanor started her career in financial technology before co-founding an e-commerce company. Now a 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 currently works for the Desirable Digitalisation project, for which she is creating playbooks, games and tools to help AI ethics designers and project managers be responsive to AI Ethics. She is also helping companies across Europe respond to the EU AI act, and 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 speaker for national and international events, podcast interviews, and lectures, and has contributed to panel discussions for corporate and academic audiences, both in person and online. She has presented findings to a range of audiences including 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, where she interviews top scholars and technologists about AI ethics, has appeared on popular shows such as The Guilty Feminist, and is a TikToker for Carole Cadwalladr's All The Citizens' data rights channel.
She is the co-editor of the forthcoming edited collections Feminist AI with Oxford University Press and The Good Robot: Why Technologies of the Future Need Feminism with Bloomsbury Academic. Her monograph The Planetary Humanism of European Women’s SF: An Experience of the Impossible is forthcoming with Routledge (2023).
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). Her research focused on the complementarity of science fiction written by European women writers and contemporary queer, feminist and critical race theory. During that project, she made two short films about science fiction utopias and dystopias, and co-created a feminist quotation-generating App called 'Quotidian'.