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Karen joined the Department of Political Economy in 2017. She is investigating the political viability and economic desirability of policies (such as progressive taxation; universal basic income; reduced working hours; public ownership etc) proposed in response to threats and opportunities arising from AI-driven automation.

Karen holds an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh and has previously worked as a Decentralised Energy Analyst, a Researcher for a think tank, and a Research Consultant within the BBC’s international development arm. Karen’s research has been widely covered by the media, including the BBC, Financial Times, Herald, Independent, Observer, Telegraph and press in 30 countries worldwide.

Karen is the recipient of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership studentship award.

Karen's personal website is here.

Doctoral Research

How do we ensure that the automation of work benefits the many, not the few?

Research Interests

  • The impact of AI-driven automation on labour markets
  • The dynamic interaction between economic inequality, job insecurity and popular support for redistributive policies
  • Potential social and economic opportunities presented by AI-driven automation


Dr. Konstantinos Matakos and Prof. Amrita Dhillon