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Sophie Bennani-Taylor

DPhil Student

Sophie Bennani-Taylor

DPhil Student

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Sophie is a DPhil student at the Oxford Internet Institute and a freelance consultant. Her doctoral research examines how normative conceptions of citizenship embedded in government digital identification platforms shape access to rights, resources, and political participation. Sophie’s DPhil is fully funded by the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership and is supervised by Professor Victoria Nash.

Sophie has conducted freelance research with organisations including the UNHCR, the European Centre for Privacy and Cybersecurity, the Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy, and Harvard Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society. Her expertise lies in examining the social and ethical consequences of deploying digital technologies on forcibly displaced populations.

Prior to returning to academia, Sophie worked as a Digital Ethics Consultant and co-founded Sopra Steria’s Digital Ethics practice. As a researcher and consultant, Sophie has worked with a range of governmental, private, and non-profit organisations to anticipate and respond to their ethical challenges when working with technology.

In 2023, Sophie was recognised as one of Women in AI Ethics (WAIE)’s 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics.

Research Interests

Critical Border, Migration and Security studies, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Infrastructure Studies and Digital Identity.

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, September 2023 -