Dr Sara Helen Wilford

Job: Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow

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)116 250 6294

E: sara@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr Sara Helen Wilford is a Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, and has worked on numerous research projects including as Principal Investigator on the FP7 project GREAT ‘Governance frameworks for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Governance frameworks for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)]’. Dr Wilford has held several academic positions most notably, at Harvard University, and the University of Warwick, where she led on a number of projects including a Pilot evaluation of Patient and Public Involvement in Liverpool PCT's end of life care services. She has also been involved in research into the ethics of personal health monitoring (PHM Ethics); evaluation of the UK local government Beacon Council Scheme and knowledge sharing in the Citizens Advice Bureau. Her areas of interest are computer ethics, privacy, surveillance, public policy and e-government. Her background is multi-disciplinary with an extensive experience of qualitative methods. She has a degree in Public Administration and Management, and a PhD in Computing Ethics and Public Policy. She is currently book reviews editor for Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society (JICES) and works as an expert/ethics advisor for the European Commission.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)

Research interests/expertise

Computer ethics, privacy, data protection, surveillance, social media and public policy

Areas of teaching

Computer ethics and privacy and data protection modules at undergraduate and postgraduate. Supervision at MSc and PhD


  • PhD in Information Systems & Public Policy - March 2004 De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Public Administration & Management Studies - BA (Hons) Awarded the KPMG prize for best final year student. De Montfort University, Leicester.

Courses taught

  • Computer Ethics level 6 Core Module
  • Computer Ethics and Professional Practice level 6 Core Module (BCS Accreditation requirement)
  • Privacy & Data Protection level 6 Option Module (closed)
  • (MSc) Research, Ethics and Professionalism in Computing - Core Module
  • Computer Ethics Level 4 Core Module
  • DBA – Professional Doctorate Research Approaches module (external)

Membership of professional associations and societies

01/01/17 – 31/12/19 - European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment GmbH Elected as member of the Scientific Advisory Board

Current research students

Malgorzata Plotka - 1st Supervisor

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