Pauwels, Eleonore

Research Fellow on Emerging Cybertechnologies

  • Eleonore Pauwels

    Research Interests

    • Addressing complex and wicked problems
    • Applications of artificial neural networks
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education
    • Biotechnology
    • Citizen Science
    • Co-creation and co-production
    • Crowdsourcing
    • Cybersecurity
    • Digital transformation and emerging technology
    • Ethics
    • Foresight
    • Science-Policy Interface
    • Smart Cities

    Biographical Statement

    Eleonore Pauwels is the Research Fellow on Emerging Cybertechnologies at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research. Prior to UNU, Pauwels held the position of Director of the Anticipatory Intelligence (AI) Lab with the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is a former official of the European Commission’s Directorate on Science, Economy and Society.

    Pauwels is a writer and international science policy expert, who specializes in the governance and democratization of converging technologies. Pauwels’ research analyzes and compares how emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and genome-editing, raise new opportunities and challenges for health, security, economics and governance in different geo-political contexts. She examines the promises and perils that will likely arise with the development of AI civil and military technologies, the Internet of Bodies and Living Things, and the convergence of cyber- and bio-security. Pauwels is an adviser on the AI Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, as well as an expert for the World Economic Forum.

    Pauwels regularly testifies before U.S., European and international authorities including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. National Intelligence Council, the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the United Nations. Pauwels is also well-versed in communicating complex and novel scientific developments for lay audiences (her TEDxCERN on CRISPR, PBS Interview on the dual nature of AI, and AI Media Interview). Bilingual in French and English, she frequently writes for Nature, The New York Times, The Guardian, Scientific American, Le Monde, Slate and The World Economic Forum.