Christina Hitrova

at Technical University Munich

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Research Associate with the Professorship for Law, Science, and Technology at the Technical University of Munich

Based at the Munich Centre for Technology in Society, she researchers the interaction between ethical and responsible innovation principles and technology law and policy to help guide innovation. Her research interests focus around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies, as well as their systemic impacts on countries and societies. Christina is especially interested in AI and sustainable development, human rights, good governance, inequality and economic power.

Prior to joining TUM, Christina researched digital ethics at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and AI, where her work covered the ethics of machine learning in children’s social care, deliberative democratic processes as tools to inform data governance, explainability of AI decision-support tools, and biases in human-AI interactions. In her previous positions, she worked on pan-European research projects to explore the ethical, privacy, and data protection implications of new technologies, including civil drones and law enforcement investigatory tools and to support responsible innovation practices and GDPR compliance.

Christina brings an interdisciplinary academic background with a focus on International and European Law. She has Masters of Law from the University of Zurich and the Catholic University of Leuven, where she wrote her Master’s thesis about data protection, surveillance and EU-US data flows. Building on this, Christina has gained experience in a diverse set of fields, including international relations, human rights, and competition law. Notably, as a graduate trainee with the Legal Service of the European Commission, Christina worked on EU trade policy and litigation.

  • 10 June 2021, 3pm

    How to be a science diplomat in Europe

    The Centre for Science and Policy is collaborating with the Berlin Center for Global Engagement of the Berlin University Alliance to organise a talk which will be delivered by Dr Jan Marco Müller – a former CSaP Policy Fellow, and the current Science & Technology Advisor in the European External Action Service (EEAS).

  • 23 March 2021, 5pm

    David Cleevely Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Angela McLean

    The inaugural lecture of the David Cleevely Annual Lecture Series will be delivered by Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence.