Ms Sarah Carter



An Intellectually Curious Ethicist-Scientist

I am currently a PhD candidate at the Data Science Institute (DSI), National Institute of Ireland – Galway (NUIG), where I investigate how to help smartphone users make privacy decisions consistent with their values. My current research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland’s Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (d-real) and is supervised by Mathieu D'Aquin (DSI, NUIG), Heike Felzmann (Philosophy, NUIG), Kathryn Cormican (Engineering, NUIG), Dave Lewis (ADAPT, Trinity College Dublin).

I previously obtained a MSc degree in biomedical science at Utrecht University (Utrecht, the Netherlands) and a BA in biochemistry (major) and music (minor) at Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Massachusetts). I have previous research experience across multiple fields, including chemistry, biomedical science, and applied ethics.

In my free time, I enjoy yoga, playing music, and exploring my new home - the wild western coast of Ireland. 

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Research Interests

My previous research interests have spanned organic chemistry, biomedical science (organoid technology), and bioethics (ethical oversight for organoid technology). My current research interests are in information and technology ethics, with a focus on values and privacy. For my PhD, I am currently working on conceptualizing a privacy assistant that optimizes user value-centered autonomous decision-making in the context of smartphone privacy decisions. 

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 Research Scholarship in SFI Center for Research Training in Digitally Enhanced Reality (DREAL) Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
2017 Utrecht Excellence Scholarship Utrecht University
2017 Sarah Williston Scholar Mount Holyoke College


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2017 Mount Holyoke College BA Biochemistry, Music
2019 Utrecht University MSc Biomedical Science



Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Board Membership Postgraduate Research Society 01-OCT-19 /

Other Activities


Student Representative for DSI (2020-2021 )