David is a Research Fellow with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and with the Neuroscience, Ethics & Society (NEUROSEC) team at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.
He is currently working on the research line on Rethinking Collective Minds for the Wellcome Centre for Ethics & Humanities, analysing conceptual and ethical impacts of emerging technologies for collective thinking, sensing, and decision-making.
Between 2019 and 2021 he worked on the Wellcome-funded project BeGOOD Early Intervention Ethics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, developing novel tools for bioethics research and engagement with young people. In this project, a digital game – 'Tracing Tomorrow' – was designed to study the values and preferences of young people in the context of digital phenotyping for mental health in schools.
He received his PhD from RWTH Aachen University with the project ‘The Ethics of Mind Maintenance’, where he analysed ethical trade-offs in the context of preventing and treating age-related neural decline and disease. The project sought to facilitate our understanding of the value trade-offs involved in utilising emerging technologies for neurodegenerative disease, the aim being to provide a guiding and ethically sound decision-making structure.