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Doctoral Supervisor, University of Cape Town

Dr Rachel Adams is the Principal Researcher at Research ICT Africa, where she will Direct the AI4D Africa Just AI Centre. Rachel has published widely in areas such as AI and society, gender and AI, transparency, open
data, and data protection. Rachel regularly advises policy-makers around the world on AI and data governance.

Rachel was previously a Chief Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. She undertook her post-doctoral training at the Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. Dr Adams holds degrees in English Literature (BA, Royal Holloway, University of London), Human Rights Law (MPhil, University of Cape Town) and Jurisprudence (Ph.D, University of Cape Town).

She previously held the position of Senior Researcher Civil and Political Rights at the South African Human Rights Commission. Her work sits at the intersection of law, ethics, gender and technology. Dr Adams is an Editor for the South African Journal on Human Rights, and a doctoral supervisor at the University of Cape Town's Law Faculty. She is further an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge, and at the Information Law and Policy Centre, University of London.

Rachel is the author of Transparency: New Trajectories in Law (Routledge, 2020), and the lead author of Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in South Africa (HSRC Press, 2021).


  • 2021–present
    Principal Researcher, Research ICT Africa
  • 2016–2021
    Chief Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2012–2016
    Senior Researcher: Civil and Political Rights, South African Human Rights Commission