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Saheli Datta Burton

Research Fellow, Department of Science Technology Engineering and Public Policy, UCL

I'm a Research Fellow at the Department Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (Steapp), University College London.

I am the Principal Investigator for the EPSRC funded PETRAS project Building Evidence for Code of Practice Legislation (BECL) working with the user-partner UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. I'm also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Vienna (2017 - present); Newton Fellow, Indian Institute of Science, India (2015), and Editor of Science & Technology Studies, journal of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) (2018 - present). Before joining UCL, I was a Research Associate at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London. I holds a PhD and MSc from the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London and a BA in Economics from Columbia University, USA.

I'm interested in the socioethical and international political economic issues of emerging digital technologies with a focus on cell, gene, data-driven and 'connected' health technologies.


  • –present
    Research fellow, University College London


  • 2021
    Datta Burton, S., Kieslich, K., Paul, K., Samuels, G. Prainsack, B. Rethinking Value Construction in Biomedicine and Healthcare., Biosocieties, 1-24.
  • 2021
    Not anytime soon: the clinical translation of nanorobots and its biocompatibility-interdisciplinarity critique., In Hanemayer, A. and Garvey, C.S. (Eds). Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI. University of Cambridge and Stanford University. Palgrave.
  • 2021
    Datta Burton, S., Tanczer, L., Vasudevan, S., Hailes, S. Carr, M. The UK Code of Practice for Consumer IOT Cybersecurity: 'where we are and what next'. PETRAS. , doi:10.14324/000.rp.10117734