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Professor Bernd Stahl

Job: Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 207 8252




Personal profile

Bernd Carsten Stahl is Professor of Critical Research in Technology and Director the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. His interests cover philosophical issues arising from the intersections of business, technology, and information. This includes the ethics of ICT and critical approaches to information systems. 

Research interests/expertise

Computer and information ethics

Emerging Technologies

Responsible Research and Innovation

Areas of teaching

Ethics and ICT

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in ICT

Critical approaches to information systems



DSc De Montfort University, UK

PhD University Witten/Herdecke, Germany.

MSc in Industrial Engineering: University of the German Armed Forces, Hamburg, Germany

MA in Philosophy and Economics: University of Hagen, Germany

MPhil in Philosophy: University Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux III, France

LLM in Business Law: De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) (since 04/2010, Member from 2003)

Fellow of the International Information Management Association (IIMA) (from 2005);

President of the IIMA 2005-2006

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (from March 2007), registered practitioner since April 2006

Member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Working Group 8.2

Member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS)

Member of the United Kingdom Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS)

Member of the Information Resource Management Association (IRMA)

Member of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE)

Member of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)


I have or had significant leadership positions in the following projects:

SHERPA - Shaping the Ethical Dimensions of Smart Information Systems -a European Perspective (EU, SwafS, 2018-2021)

Human Brain Project (EU, FET Flagship, 2013-2023)
(report and video by Bloomberg and euronews)

ORBIT - The Observatory for RRI in ICT (EPSRC, 2017-2022, then spin-off company)

Responsible-Industry - Responsible Research and Innovation in Business and Industry in the Domain of ICT for, Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing (EU, SiS, 2014-2017)

CONSIDER - Civil Society Organisations in Designing Research Governance (EU, SiS, 2012 - 2015)

Framework for RRI in ICT (EPSRC, 2011-2013, precedecssor of ORBIT)

ETICA - Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Application (EU, SiS, 2009-2011)

Key articles information

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e.g ‘Outputs, e.g. selected publications’ produced since January 2008

Consultancy work


Responsible Research and Innovation

Privacy Impact Assessment

Professional esteem indicators


Editorial work

Editor in Chief of the Journal of Responsible Technology (successor of the ORBIT journal)

PhD student supervision

I am interested in supervising high quality and motivated PhD students in my areas of interest, including:

  • Responsible research and innovation in ICT, notably questions like:
    • Industrial realisation of RRI
    • Success measures, impact of RRI
  • Responsible data governance
  • Ethical issue of emerging technologies, e.g. 
    • Brain-computer interfaces
    • Converging technologies (neuro, cognitive, ICT) 
Bernd Carsten Stahl