Sabina Leonelli

  • Professor • Philosophy and History of Science

I serve as the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis), where I lead the Data Studies research strand; theme lead for the "Data Governance, Algorithms and Values" strand of the Exeter Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI); and Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London. I am also Editor-in-Chief of the international journal History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, together with Professor Giovanni Boniolo, and Associate Editor for the Harvard Data Science Review. I serve as External Faculty for the Konrad Lorenz Institute for the Advanced Study of Natural Complex Systems and hold a Honorary Professorship at the School of History of the University of Adelaide.

My research spans the fields of history and philosophy of biology, science and technology studies and general philosophy of science, and currently focuses on four interrelated strands: [1] the philosophy, history and sociology of data-intensive science, especially the impact of Big and Open Data on research and wider society, responsible data management, and the construction of semantics to enable data linkage for automated mining in the plant sciences and biomedicine; [2] the scientific and social implications of implementing Open Science policies and procedures; [3] the philosophy and history of organisms as research models, with a focus on experimental organisms; [4] the history and epistemology of the plant sciences, especially the global circulation of plant data, its relation to biological materials, and its significance for understanding 21st century biological research beyond the lab.