CaSMa research team

Ansgar Koene

Ansgar Koene photoAnsgar Koene is a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Institute for Digital Economy Research (University of Nottingham). He has a multi-disciplinary research background, having worked and published on topics ranging from bio-inspired Robotics, AI and Computational Neuroscience to experimental Human Behaviour/Perception studies. Prior to joining Horizon, Ansgar worked at the University of Utrecht (Utrecht, the Netherlands), INSERM (Lyon, France), UCL (London, UK), ATR (Kyoto, Japan), NTU (Taipei, Taiwan), University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK), RIKEN BSI (Tokyo, Japan) and University of Birmingham (Birmingham, UK).

As part of CaSMa, Ansgar initiated and is leading projects on “Conditions for Consent“, the “Public Outreach Engagement Tool (POET)” and initiated the successful bid for EPSRC funding for the “UnBias: Emancipating Users Against Algorithmic Biases for a Trusted Digital Economy” project. In addition to his work on the CaSMa research theme, Ansgar also actively engages with the Horizon Policy Impact agenda which seeks to support local, national and international policy initiatives with the knowledge and expertise of the Horizon Digital Economy Research institute. As part of this work Ansgar has submitted written evidence to UK parliament inquires on numerous occasions, is a member of the Nottingham Policy Research Impact Network (NPRIN) and participates at various national and EU conferences related to Digital Economy policy (e.g. Digital4EU).

You can find Ansgar on Twitter (@arkoene), Facebook (/arkoene) and LinkedIn (/akoene).


Elvira Perez Vallejos

close up Elvira Perez Vallejos is a Senior Research Fellow at the CaSMa project (Horizon Institute for Digital Economy Research at the University of Nottingham). Her research background is broad and heterogeneous including speech perception, language production (i.e., psychoacoustics and psycholinguistics) and also translational research on hearing, and applied research on clinical communication and mental health. She is a member of the Institute of Mental Health and deputy lead of the Integrated Research Group (IRG) Children and Young People Focussed Group at Social Futures. Elvira has always been fascinated by the unavoidable interaction between humans and technology. Relevant for the CasMa project is her recent work on Health Communication and e-Language applying corpus linguistics to ‘big data’ derived from internet users accessing specialised platforms such as www.youngminds.org.uk which focus on promoting children and young people mental health.


Former members of the research team


Chris James Carter

Chris James CarterChris James Carter is a Research Associate with the CaSMa project, following his PhD candidacy at the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), University of Nottingham. With an academic background in Occupational Psychology, Chris’ primary research interests relate to digital identity and reputation management, with a specific focus on social psychological factors that influence how late adolescents and young adults manage professional reputational risk upon social media prior to, during, and following organisational entry. Chris has contributed articles to a range of online publications, including The Conversation, Slate and the University of Nottingham’s Careers Blog, consults on social media strategy and organisational learning and development evaluations, and is co-training and development co-ordinator for the Organisational Psychology SIG of the British Academy of Management. You can find Chris on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn – come by and say hello!


Ramona Statache

node Ramona 591x591 Ramona Statache is a Research Associate with the CaSMa project. A PhD candidate at the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub, University of Aberdeen, she has an academic background in Linguistics, Literature and Human Geography. Her research focus lies at the intersection of society, technology and business. Ramona studies business communication strategies in the context of a society and culture constantly reshaped by technology mediated communication. Her writing contributes to the literature on economic embeddedness, arguing that a business well attuned to the socio-cultural underpinnings of social media becomes more adept at online marketing and mediating risk in a world increasingly preoccupied with data control and privacy.


Project PI and co-PIs:

Prof. Derek McAuley (PI)
Prof. Tom Rodden
Prof. Claire O’Malley
Prof. Svenja Adolphs

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