Eduardo Albrecht

Senior Fellow

Doctorate, Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Master of Arts, Anthropology and Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, John Cabot University, Rome

Dr Albrecht is a political anthropologist with a history of work across government, non-profit, academic, and multilateral organizations. His research focuses on uses of artificial intelligence (AI) in state and international organization decision-making processes.

At UNU-CPR he conducts research on the uses of AI technologies in the United Nations conflict prevention and response architecture. His most recent publications looks at how multilateral organizations may seek to strengthen their predictive capacity in ethical and inclusive ways, as well as the impact of AI-fueled disinformation on conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

In the past he served as visiting fellow at the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and the International Peace Institute (IPI), and has worked for various national governments (Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom) and the World Bank, leading research teams and gaining direct experience designing innovative AI-based governance tools.

His research has been presented at venues including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and numerous other organizations as well as dozens of academic conferences organized by leading political and social science associations.

Since receiving his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2010 he has published a wide variety of academic papers, policy publications, and full-length monographs. His new book, Political Automation: An Introduction to AI in Governance and its Impact on Citizens (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2024) investigates uses of AI to produce public policy decisions in a range of geographic contexts and seeks to better theorize the changing role of citizens in the act of policy production. 

Dr Albrecht has also taught, and continues to teach, extensively, including as associate professor at Pukyong National University in South Korea, visiting faculty at John Cabot University in Rome, International Relations program director at Mercy University, and as an adjunct associate professor in the Master's Program in International Affairs at the City University of New York's (CUNY) Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership and Columbia University's School of Interational and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Research Interests

  • Conflict resolution
  • Democracy and international politics
  • Digital Governance
  • Digital transformation
  • Digital transformation and emerging technologies
  • Emerging technologies



Predictive Technologies in Conflict Prevention: Practical and Policy Considerations for the Multilateral System

Adoption strategies that mitigate challenges related to the uptake of predictive technologies.

03 Jan 2024


Artificial Intelligence-Powered Disinformation and Conflict

New policy brief explores recent developments in Artificial Intelligence and their impact on disinformation-fueled conflict.

08 Sep 2023

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