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Thought leadership research seminars

Our Centre invites you to participate in thought leadership seminars led by our members with invited subject area experts and leading organisations. 

Download a brochure on research seminars series: AI Thought Leadership Seminars: Autumn Programme 2021

14 October 2021, 4pm-5pm: The Legal Status of Artificial Agents

Date and Time: 14t October 2021, 4pm-5pm

Dr Stelios Andreadakis
(Brunel University London)
Prof. Carlos Amunátegui Perelló
(Universidad Catolica de Santiago)



In the last decade the role of artificial agents in everyday life has becomeubiquitous. Although its economic and social importance is becoming critic, thereis still quite a shady terrain regarding its legal status. As artificial agents consistin information, the possibility of adapting the old legal categories to encompassthem becomes difficult. Should we consider them things? And if so, do they belongto the category of corporeal or incorporeal (res corporales aut incorporales)?Should we construct a special kind of personhood? Can information be regulatedas ownership? We will address these questions from a historical and comparativeperspective.


Prof. Carlos Amunátegui Perelló is chair of Roman and Civil law in the PontificiaUniversidad Católica de Chile. He has written more than a hundred and fiftyscientific articles and seven books, including his latest one on Artificial Intelligenceand Law (Arcana Technicae. Derecho e Inteligencia Artificia, 2020, Valencia). Hehas recently participated in the Constitutional reform to include neuro-rightsin the Chilean Constitution, the Neuro-rights law and the bill to regulate DigitalPlatforms in Chile. 

Dr Stelios Andreadakisis a Reader in Corporate and Financial Law and Director of PostgraduateProgrammes. Prior to joining Brunel, he was a Lecturer and LLM Director at theUniversity of Leicester and a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. Heholds a PhD and an LLM in International Commercial Law from the University ofLeicester and an undergraduate Law degree from the Law School of the Universityof Athens, Greece. Dr Andreadakis’ research interests are in the areas of CorporateLaw and EU Law. He is particularly interested in corporate governance, exploringaspects of regulation of companies, corporate theories, the operation of financialmarkets and the role of scandals in the introduction of new legislation. His currentwork focuses on the role of whistle-blowers in modern corporate governance andhe is conducting empirical research in the US, Japan and Europe.

8 November 2021, 3pm-4pm: Social Identity and Nationalism in the UK: Effectsof AI on changes in voting patterns

 Date and Time: 8 November 2021, 3-4pm

Dr Andrew Black
(Director, Digital Limited),
Prof. Ashley Braganza 
(Brunel University London)
Dr Grahame Fallon
(Brunel University London) 



During this seminar, we will present some preliminary findings from a research projectexamining the effects of social identity on the changing levels of nationalism andthe factors influencing these changes including education, technology and jobs.We anticipate our initial findings will generate discussion and create a platformfor informed debate on the potentially toxic mix of identity, nationalism andtechnology.

  • Finding from survey results based on primary and secondary data
  • Influence of artificial intelligence on peoples’ per perceptions and identity groups
  • Longer term trends / outlook of voting patterns


Dr Andrew Black, Research Fellow at Brunel, Senior Research Fellow of the Global Policy Institute, and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Koszeg, Hungary. He has authored two books, "In Search of Shareholder Value" and "Questions of Value for FT Prentice Hall. He has written a number of books and articles, including a series of economic Input-Output analyses on the impacts of a Hard Brexit on the British economy for the Federal Trust. He co-authored "Chrechez La Firme" with Stuart Holland, published in Researchgate. He is currently working on a study of Social Identity Theory and the emergence of Social Identity Groups. This involves comparing attitudes to nationalism across the UK, and in particular comparing and contrasting the situation in England and Scotland. This project is partially funded by Brunel University London’s Co-innovate fund. Dr Black is the managing director of Digit Ltd, a Financial and Management Consulting company.

Prof. Ashley Braganza is Deputy Dean, CBASS and Professor of Organisational Transformation Change at Brunel Business School. He is the Director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence. His research interests encompass artificial intelligence, big data, change management, strategy implementation, process and knowledge management, and transformation enabled information systems. He has published over 100 papers in prestigious academic and practitioner journals, and books. He is the Founder and Chair of the British Academy of Management Special Interest Group in Transformation, Change and Development. He has carried out over 50 consultancy assignments with large global organisations.

Dr Grahame Fallon, Senior Lecturer in International Business in Brunel Business School, Brunel University, London. His current research interests cover international business, international and European political economy, institutional economics, new economic geography and entrepreneurship in the emerging market and the post-communist country contexts. He has published in a range of academic journals including: International Business Review, Regional Studies, Strategic Change, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, European Business Review, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences / Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l’Administration, and the International Journal of Information Management.

11 November 2021, 4pm-5pm: Relationship between work–family conflict and turnoverintention in nurses: A meta-analytic review

Date and Time: 11 November 2021, 4pm- 5pm

Speaker: Dr Ozlem Ayaz (Brunel University London)



Aim: This meta-analytic review aimed to synthesize and analyse studies that exploredthe relationship between nurses’ work–family conflicts and turnover intentions.
Data Sources: A total of 191 (k = 14) publications published between 2005 and 2019 onturnover intention and work–family conflict, were retrieved from PubMed, PsycINFO,Web of Science, ProQuest, and Scopus databases.
Results: An overall effect size of r = .28 (N = 5781, 95% CI [0.23−0.33]) was obtained,indicating a moderate, positive, and significant relationship between work–familyconflict and turnover intention. The moderator analysis showed that individualism andlong-term orientation accounted for 90% of effect size heterogeneity of work–familyconflict and turnover intention relationship.
Impact: Work–family conflict and turnover intention are significantly correlated factorsregardless of the studies’ cultural characteristics examined in this study. Policymakersand managers should consider this finding and develop strategies that provide a balanceorientedwork design to prevent nurse shortage.


Ozlem Ayaz Arda received her PhD in Management and Organisations in 2016 fromBahcesehir University Istanbul. She joined Brunel Business School in February 2020. DrAyaz-Arda has several years of management experience in strategic management, workingat big companies in Turkey. Her research is embedded in the strategic managementfield specifically interested in the integration of management systems with differentoperational aims. Her interest also resides in the role of leadership, social and businessvalue creation ethical organisations during the digital era started with Industry 4.0. DrAyaz-Arda has published widely in internationally well-regarded academic journals suchas Journal of Business Research, Decision Support Systems, Business Strategy, and theEnvironment. She has presented her research output at international conferences suchas Academy of Management Conference in 2016, 2018, and 2020.


25 November 2021, 4pm-5pm: Artificial Intelligence – a prospect

 Time and date: 25 November 2021, 4pm-5pm

Speaker: Dr Maysam Abbod (Brunel University London)



Artificial intelligence technologies are fast evolving which are widely adopted intechnology & business circles. Many governments and industries see that AI is thefuture. However, if we look around us and check our daily life activities, AI does notlike it - but, it is the future; it is the present, and the future will be more advanced andsophisticated.


Maysam Abbod (SMIEEE, MIET, CEng, SFHEA) is a Reader in Intelligent ElectronicSystems at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, College ofEngineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London and a researchmember of Brunel’s Centre for Electronic Systems Research.


9 December, 4pm-5pm: Digital Ability Expectations and Marginalization in Automated Societies

 Time and date: 9 December 2021, 4pm-5pm

Dr Vassilis Charitsis
(Brunel University London)
Dr Tuukka Lehtiniemi
(University of Helsinki)


As data becomes the resource that (dis)enables people to unlock the promisesof the digitised world, underprivileged individuals and communities faceadditional marginalization. In this event we examine and theorise these forms ofmarginalisation highlighting that the existing data economy is predicated on theexclusion and marginalisation of disadvantaged segments of the populationwho fail to meet digital ability expectations and reach prescribed data norms.Engaging with critical disability scholarship, we address calls to expand the scopeof ableism by taking into account ability expectations relating to technologicaladvancements. To that end, we introduce the notions of data ableism, and itsflipside, data disablism that encapsulate privileged ability expectations pertainingto data production and the resulting forms of exclusion that are prevalent inautomated societies. Underlining the intersectional nature of data ableism, wediscern its two main mechanisms, data (in)visibility and data (un)desirability, anddocument the role of free market ideology in producing and upholding data ableism.


Dr Vassilis Charitsis
is a lecturer in Marketing at Brunel Business School. Prior to joining Brunel, Vassilis worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for ConsumerSociety Research of the University of Helsinki in Finland. His research interests includenew media technologies, automated decision making, consumer surveillanceand the datafication of everyday life. His work has been published, among others,in Surveillance & Society, Triple C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, MarketingTheory and ephemera: theory and politics in organisation.

Tuukka Lehtiniemi, D.Soc.Sc.
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Consumer SocietyResearch; University of Helsinki.