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Dr. Aphra Kerr

Dr. Aphra Kerr is a Professor at the Department of Sociology at Maynooth University and a co-PI at the ADAPT Centre where she is the scientific lead of the Transparent Digital Governance strand. She is also PI on two collaborative projects with Dublin City Council and Smart Dublin (2022-2024) which focus on the application of digital technologies in the public sector and for civic engagement. Her ADAPT research focuses on the ethics and values underpinning data governance, algorithmic auditing, AI-related public policy, and social expectations of AI. Aphra was on the Media and Technology
Committee of the multi-stakeholder European AI4people initiative which contributed to sectoral policy recommendations on trustworthy AI (2020).

She has over twenty years of experience researching digital content industries and technology with a particular focus on
digital games. She is the author of over 100 publications and two monographs on digital games, most recently: Global Games Production, Circulation and Policy, Routledge, 2017. She has held visiting fellowships at the University of Edinburgh (2019) and the University of Pennsylvania (2011). In 2021 she was invited into the Academy of Europe on the Film, Media and Visual Studies panel. In 2016, she received a Distinguished Scholar award from the International Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA). She has a PhD in Communication Studies (DCU, 2000). For more see the Maynooth University work website