UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Digital Technologies Policy Laboratory

STEaPP's Digital Technologies 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 Technologies 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.

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.


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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

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Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice

Providing support for cyber security policy makers in the UK, specifically civil servants who provide short and long term policy advice, either in response to specific crisis incidents or in the context of longer term planning for national security and capacity building

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ECSEPA Cybersecurity Governance Mapping Project

The Mapping Exercise is an extension of the EPSRC funded project, 'Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice' (ECSEPA)

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PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity

PETRAS is a consortium of 12 research institutions with outstanding expertise in securing the connected world, tackling critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security

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RISCS Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security

RISCS is the UK’s first academic Research Institute to focus on understanding the overall security of organisations, including their constituent technology, people and processes


Cyber Readiness for Boards (CR4B)

CR4B seeks to investigate how corporate boards assess cyber risk and make decisions about investments in cyber security

Other Projects
Privacy-Aware Cloud Ecosystems
International Cooperation on the IoT
Standards in the IoT
Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network (VAMHN)
STEaPP Contributors
Professor Madeline Carr is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Digital Policy Laboratory; she is also Professor of Global Politics and Cybersecurity
Dr Uchenna Ani is a Research Associate working on PETRAS
Dr Irina Brass is a Lecturer in Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy
Dr Alex Chung is a Research Fellow working on the EPSRC funded project titled Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice
Dr Feja Lesniewska is a Research Associate working on PETRAS
Dr Kruakae Pothong is a Research Associate working on PETRAS
Dr Ine Steenmans is a Lecturer in Futures, Analysis and Policy
Dr Leonie Tanczer is a Lecturer in International Security and Emerging Technologies
Professor Jeremy Watson is a Professor of Engineering Systems