Dr Sally Atkinson

Research Associate

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I am an early career researcher in the social sciences. I joined the Institute of Public Health at Cambridge in 2015. Previously I was based at the University of Durham, where I completed a doctorate on the emergence of the dementia research infrastructure in the UK.

Research interests

I am currently part of the Ethical, Social and Legal Implications (ELSI) work package of the Dementia Platform UK. Based at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, I am designing a series of qualitative studies to understand how participants and researchers experience the development of novel collaborative and experimental approaches in dementia research. These studies will help support the development of socially robust science through the platform. In particular I am interested in the ethical issues related to new approaches to data sharing and adaptive research processes. My background is in medical and social anthropology. My previous work has looked at mental health over the life course, the development of new biotechnologies and scientific infrastructures, the role of public patient involvement in science, and the social impact of chronic neurodegenerative diseases. 


About us

The Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3) brings together researchers and expertise from across the academic departments and industry to drive research into the analysis, understanding and use of data science.

The Centre is funded by a series of collaborations with partners in business and industry which have an interest in using data science for the benefit of their customers and their organisations. Our founding partner is Aviva, the UK’s leading insurance company. We work with industrial partners to build a portfolio of collaborative research projects, provide professional development opportunities for their own staff and access to the full breadth and depth of the University’s talent pool in the area of data science.

With unprecedented access to increasing volumes of data, our research ranges from the underlying fundamentals in mathematics and computer science, to data science applications across all six University Schools of Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology.

In parallel, our research addresses important issues around law, ethics and economics, in order to apply data science to solve challenging problems for society.

C2D3 supports collaboration and knowledge transfer in this growing field.

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