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CLIENT WORK

Our research approach is thorough, solutions-focused and guided by curiosity. We are able to turn complicated analysis into clear compelling reports with strong propositional policy ideas. We have deep knowledge of a wide range of policy areas including health; food; nutrition; agriculture; international development; education; and the social impact of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.

PUBLICATIONS

We have published reports independently and for clients across multiple policy areas. These reports are grounded in our thorough analytical approach and keen political awareness.

Technology is reshaping the world of work. The potential impacts of automation on the future of work across Great Britain is the focus of this report, highlighting the 8 million jobs at the risk of automation. In particular, it explores how the effects of automation will be felt unevenly across the country by the early 2030s, focusing on job automation in the ‘red wall’ seats.

In low- and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), digital health has great potential to strengthen healthcare provision for the most vulnerable. There are, however, a number of hurdles to overcome. This report, commissioned by the Pathways for Prosperity Commission, explores current and future technological developments that have potential to improve health outcomes. The report builds on 18 expert interviews and makes a number of concrete recommendations for key actors.

Future Advocacy was commissioned by NHSX to produce guidance for adherence to Principle 7 of the NHS code of conduct on data-driven health and care technologies, which relates to the explainability of algorithms. This report is built upon a series of expert interviews and roundtables and feeds into the wider work of NHSX concerning the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. The guidance is particularly aimed towards developers of AI healthcare technology solutions.

As artificial intelligence takes on an expanded role in health and care, it is crucial to identify the potential challenges its current and prospective uses pose. Building on insights taken from a detailed review of existing literature and interviews with more than 70 experts across the world, this report commissioned by the Wellcome Trust explores whether these new technologies pose new challenges to existing ethical principles.

There is widespread agreement that levels of automation in the UK are increasing, but it is yet unclear what the impact of this will be for the workforce. This report examines how job automation will play out across each parliamentary constituency in the UK, producing a geographically sophisticated understanding of what the future of work may look like.

Through a detailed literature review and interviews with industry experts, this report examines seven emerging technologies and the potential impact they may have on economic inclusion, human development, and quality government in low and middle income countries. The report concludes with key recommendations for policymakers based on some of the overarching challenges associated with these emerging technologies.

Although artificial intelligence (AI) is not new, there has been a recent explosion of interest in the field. Much of research has been focused on the implications of AI for people in higher income countries. This report, commissioned by the Web Foundation, explores the implications of AI on people living in low and middle-income countries for whom additional risks and opportunities apply, unique to their social and economic contexts.

We are in the early stages of an intelligence revolution. Artificial intelligence (AI) already permeates many aspects of our lives from the stock market, to filtering our email spam, recommending products to buy and even navigating driverless cars. The fast-moving development of AI presents huge economic and social opportunities, but will simultaneously bring significant risks. To ensure that the UK can play an important role in shaping and directing global debate surrounding AI, this report makes a series of concrete policy recommendations to the UK government on how it can successfully maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks it may bring.

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