ESRC Digital Good Network

Associate Researcher

  • Susan M Oman Senior Researcher Lecturer in Data, AI and Society at The University of Sheffield. Policy Fellow within the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Susan M Oman

Dr Susan Oman is Lecturer in Data, AI and Society at The University of Sheffield, and on a two-year policy-research fellowship within the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Her research investigates AI, data, evidence, policy and practice – and how they work for the publics they ostensibly serve. Her innovative arts and humanities research approaches of ‘following the data’ and ‘re-performance’ reveal the hidden workings of the social and data sciences to reveal the impacts of structural inequalities and foreground equitable possibilities in policy solutions. These approaches also provide a narrative device to communicate complex ideas and systems to diverse publics.

Her monograph Understanding Well-being Data: Improving Social and Cultural Policy Practice and Research is available as an open access PDF from the publisher, on kindle, and from the www.well-beingdata.com website for teaching and training purposes.

Susan is currently leading an evidence review for the EPSRC-funded Participatory Voices in Responsible AI project, awarded to the Digital Good Network in April 2024, and is also co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded Framing Responsible AI Management (FRAIM) Project.