Natasha Mccarthy

Head of Policy, Data

The Royal Society

About Natasha

Natasha McCarthy is a Head of Policy at the Royal Society, where she leads the Society’s work on data and digital technologies – including AI, security, governance of data use and data science skills. She was previously Head of Policy at the British Academy, leading a team applying research from the humanities and social sciences to address policy challenges, and before that Director of Education and subsequently Honorary Lecturer, at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, where she was a member of the founding team working to develop the Department’s MPA in Science, Engineering and Public Policy. Natasha spent eight years at the Royal Academy of Engineering, where she led a team working across all aspects of engineering policy, and where she helped to develop reports on topics such as privacy and data collection, resilience to climate change, the emergence of autonomous systems and the ethical challenges facing practising engineers. She is author of Engineering: A Beginner’s Guide, a tour of the social, cultural and historical impact of engineering, and co-editor of the Springer publication Philosophy and Engineering: Reflections on Practice, Principles and Process.