Dr Sally Atkinson

Research Associate

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I am an early career researcher in the social sciences. I joined the Institute of Public Health at Cambridge in 2015. Previously I was based at the University of Durham, where I completed a doctorate on the emergence of the dementia research infrastructure in the UK.

Research interests

I am currently part of the Ethical, Social and Legal Implications (ELSI) work package of the Dementia Platform UK. Based at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, I am designing a series of qualitative studies to understand how participants and researchers experience the development of novel collaborative and experimental approaches in dementia research. These studies will help support the development of socially robust science through the platform. In particular I am interested in the ethical issues related to new approaches to data sharing and adaptive research processes. My background is in medical and social anthropology. My previous work has looked at mental health over the life course, the development of new biotechnologies and scientific infrastructures, the role of public patient involvement in science, and the social impact of chronic neurodegenerative diseases. 

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The Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3) brings together researchers and expertise from across the academic departments and industry to drive research into the analysis, understanding and use of data science.

  • Supports and connects the growing data science research community 
  • Builds research capacity in data science to tackle complex issues 
  • Drives new research challenges through collaborative research projects 
  • Promotes and provides opportunities for knowledge transfer 
  • Identifies and provides training courses for students, academics, industry and the third sector 
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