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Lesley McAra

University of Edinburgh
Director
As inaugural director of the EFI, Lesley aims to harness the revolution in data, digital and artificial intelligence for social benefit. One of the largest-ever investments made by the University, EFI brings together the arts, humanities and social sciences with data science and the natural and the sciences to drive solution-focused thinking on a range of key societal challenges. Their approach to knowledge production and curation is characterised by ethical co-design and undertaken in partnership with government, industry and the wider community. McAra holds the Chair of Penology in the Law School, and is Assistant Principal for Community Relations, leading the ‘local impact’ component of university strategy and evolving the requisite infrastructure within the university to support high-quality and impactful public engagement with research.