Head of Policy, Data, The Royal Society

Natasha McCarthy leads the Royal Society’s Data theme, within the Science Policy Section. The Society’s Data Theme carries out a range of policy activities to promote the development and use of data and digital technologies for the benefit of humanity. The team has delivered work on machine learning and AI, data governance, digital skills and privacy technologies.

McCarthy has a background in philosophy of science and engineering, including professional ethics in engineering. She previously led the policy teams at the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering, was part of the founding team at UCL’s Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, and held an academic post in philosophy at the University of St Andrews.

She is author of a number of papers and editor of collected volumes on philosophy of engineering and engineering in policymaking, and author of Engineering: A Beginner’s Guide, an introduction to the social and historical impacts of engineering.