The Institutions research program traces how automated decision-making (ADM) is shaping and changing institutions across the four Focus Areas (health, social services, people and new and media) in their use of algorithms.

We explore how ADM is governed in both public and private institutions – for example, the legal responses to issues like robo-debt in automated social security decision-making, or how civil society groups are trying to make social media platforms more transparent in their use algorithms that personalise advertising and news for different users.

The Institutions program will draw on recent work in law, regulatory theory, communications and the economics of innovation to study how law and social norms influence how automated tools are developed and deployed, and how automation is changing social institutions.

Our research will promote sustainable governance as a key value to protect human rights and autonomy, democratic values, social inclusion, and the sustainable use of resources in ADM.

Together with our partners across industry, media, civil society and regulation, we will generate new insights and create new tools to better protect these values in practice.


Public Interest Litigation for AI Accountability

Identifying the opportunities, enablers and barriers for public interest litigation to promote accountability and fairness in automated decision-making.

Political Economy of Sex Tech

Examining the political economy of ‘sex tech’ in order to identify how sexual technologies are being governed at scale, how sexual data is being collected, stored, shared and monetised, and how the material benefits of sex tech may be more equitably distributed.

Ecological Implications of Data Centres

What shapes the environmental impacts of data centres cooling infrastructures?

Governing ADM Use

Examining the challenges to, and opportunities for, liberal and democratic institutions and governance presented by ADM.

Democratic Practices of Governance Given ADM

Developing a theoretically rich analysis of democracy and freedom given ADM.

Automated Decision-Making Empirical Mapping Project

Developing a theoretical classification to operationalise an empirical mapping program for automated decision-making (ADM).