UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Digital Policy Laboratory

STEaPP's Digital Policy Lab works collaboratively across disciplines and with the policy community to develop responses to the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies

New and emerging digital technologies are reshaping the ways that we interact, work, and govern. They have profound implications for the promotion of justice and equity, for economic growth, for the provision of public goods, and for international affairs and security. Due to the pace of change as well as the scale and scope of these transformations, the formulation of policies that effectively address these issues is particularly difficult. In order to support sound policy solutions in this context, the Digital Policy Lab works closely with the national and international policy community to understand their goals and challenges and to develop research projects that provide solutions.

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We have a number of projects underway in STEaPP that have been co-designed with policy makers. These are typically oriented around specific research questions that have been developed collaboratively - with real attention to the specific needs of those who work to design and implement innovative policy approaches to the deeply challenging problems as well as the unprecedented opportunities brought about by technological change.


Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice

An EPSRC funded project developed in collaboration with a range of partners including the Sociotechnical Security Group at the National Cyber Security Centre and the Cyber Policy team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

ECSEPA Cybersecurity Governance Mapping Project

The Mapping Exercise is an extension of the EPSRC funded project, 'Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice' (ECSEPA). It is a five-month project funded through the Research Institute in the Science of Cyber Security (RISCS).

Gender and IoT

Gender and IoT is an interdisciplinary project exploring the implications of IoT on gender-based domestic violence and abuse and is funded by a Social Science Plus+ award from UCL's Collaborative Social Science Domain.

The PETRAS Internet of Things Research Hub

A £23 million project to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.

MPA in Digital Technologies and Public Policy

Opening in September 2018, the MPA in Digital Technologies and Public Policy prepares future leaders and decision makers working in policy to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by today's fast-evolving digital technologies.

STEaPP contributors
Dr Madeline Carr is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Digital Policy Laboratory; she is also an Associate Professor of International Relations and Cyber Security 
Uchenna Ani is a Research Assistant working on PETRAS
Dr Irina Brass is a Lecturer in Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy
Dr Alex Chung is a Research Associate working on the EPSRC funded project titled Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice
Dr Carolin Kaltofen is a Research Associate working in Science Diplomacy 
Dr Feja Lesniewska is a Research Associate working on PETRAS
Isabel Lopez Neira is a Research Assistant working on the Gender and IoT
Dr Kruakae Pothong
is a Research Associate working on PETRAS
Dr Ine Steenmans is a Research Associate working in Foresight and Futures
Dr Leonie Tanczer is a Lecturer in International Security and Emerging Technologies
Professor Jeremy Watson is a Professor of Engineering Systems
In the media

Dr Madeline Carr

The Internet of Things    
International cooperation is vital for Internet of Things security
Madeline, explores the international policy dimension of Internet of Things (IoT) security on the DCMS blog. 

Dr Leonie Tanczer

Crypto Party   Digital skills in academia: let’s CryptoParty!
The question of how to secure research data in times of large-scale online surveillance remains unaddressed. CryptoParties might offer a preliminary solution

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Subverting the Snoopers? Tools promise to avoid UK Surveillance Law
The RT UK interview Leonie Tanczer in January 2017 on the Snoopers Charter