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Carolyn Ten Holter

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Dr Carolyn Ten Holter BA(Oxon), PgDip, MA

Research Fellow

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39a St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW


I am a Researcher and Policy Lead in the Responsible Technology Institute investigating responsible innovation in novel technologies, taking an interdisciplinary approach to socio-technical problems. This draws on my background in law, information organisation, and industry. I work with policymakers, commercial organisations, and academia to draw together cross-sector understandings of challenges in novel technologies.

My doctoral research investigated responsible research and innovation practice in emerging technologies, in particular quantum computing. It examined the 'triple-helix' model of academia, industry and policy and the complex interactions between these areas in the development of novel technologies. In general I am focused on responsible innovation as a practice in various disciplinary areas, including quantum technologies, autonomous vehicles, and AI.

I sit on the editorial board of the Journal of Responsible Technology, and as part of the Department's Research Ethics Committee. I also represent the Department at the cross-Divisional Research Ethics Committee. I was engaged as a divisional research staff representative on the Research Staff Hub, which is delivering the Researcher Concordat framework across the University.


I read law at New College, then moved into marketing communications in a variety of industries, including start-up finance, oil and gas modelling software, and hi-tech PR. I was head of business development at law firms in the City of London and in Oxford, and spent twenty years in the private sector. While completing my Masters, I worked on the ORBIT project, which trains researchers in the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation. I commenced my DPhil in responsible and ethical quantum computing in October 2019 and joined the Responsible Technology Institute as a Research Assistant in November 2020. I was Research Associate on RoAD (autonomous vehicle data collection) and RAILS (lifelong learning in AVs); led the work in ResQCCom and was an OPEN Policy Fellow. I was a consultant on the PARIS-DE and AMHDM projects. I currently work with the Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub, and lead the work in RAKE, a Responsible AI UK project looking at the impact of responsible innovation in the innovation chain.

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