Dr Emma Anne Harris

Job: Human Brain Project Compliance Manager (Ethics)

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

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

Address: De Montfort University, Gateway House, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK

T: +44 (0)116 366 4823

E: emma.harris@dmu.ac.uk

W: demonfort.academia.edu/EmmaAnneHarris


Personal profile

Emma Harris is the Compliance Manager for the research ethics of the Human Brain Project as part of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility. She has a research background in film and cultural history, but has more recently moved from science fiction to science fact. Her research interests include research ethics and RRI: Responsible Research and Innovation, the representations of technology and Artificial Intelligence in media and culture, and genre theory.

Key research outputs

"I'm always angry”: Super-Hydes and the appropriation of Edward Hyde in superhero films (2017)

The Soul of America: How the Themes of Magic, Modernity and Traditionalism are Represented in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (2014)


Research interests/expertise


Cultural attitudes to technology

Cultural representations of AI

Dangers and benefits of technology

Data governance

Ethics in neuroscience

Film and national identity

Film history




Narrative theory

New technologies

Popular history

Research ethics

Research integrity


Science fiction

Science fiction and science fact


BA, Film and Television Studies – Aberystwyth University

MA, Adaptations – De Montfort University

PhD – University of Leicester

Courses taught

Contribution to Medical Law (Medical Ethics Module)

Conference attendance

The Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk 2016, December, ‘Ethics Management in the Human Brain Project’, Bernd Carsten Stahl, Mark Shaw, Stephen Rainey, research paper

Annual Human Brain Project Summit, October 2016, Florence, ‘Ethics Management in the HBP’, Exhibition Materials

Diversity in Speculative Fiction at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, August 2014, London, ‘Themes of sexual normalcy and gender are explored in mythology and modern science fiction and fantasy’, research paper

Memories of the Future, 2014, London ‘The Final Frontier: American post-apocalyptic film and anti-technology themes’, research paper

MeCCSA: Spaces and Places of Culture, Derry, 2013, ‘Ruins of the past and ruins of the future: The cultural significance of ruins in different media representations’, research paper

Externally funded research grants information

Human Brain Project (Specific Grant Agreement 1), EU FET Flagship, Neuroscience, 04/2016 / 03/2018, Compliance Manager (Ethics)
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