Francesca Mazzi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in AI and Sustainable Development

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Francesca Mazzi is a postdoctoral research fellow in AI and Sustainable Development at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a research associate at the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

She is part of the Oxford Initiative on AI×SDGs, aimed at investigating how artificial intelligence (AI) has been and can in the future be used to support and advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In her research, Francesca analyses existing AIxSDGs projects to map best practices, lessons learned, eventual gaps and potential solutions for the purpose of helping existing and future, public and private stakeholders operating within the sustainable development space.

Her research interests range from the intersections between technology, law, and ethics, to policymaking and regulations in relation to challenges and opportunities arising in the Fourth Industrial Revolution era. 

From 2017 to 2020 she was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher within the EIPIN- Innovation Society in a double doctorate program between Queen Mary University of London and Maastricht University. The Ph.D. research project concerned the patentability of AI generated inventions and a case study on the pharmaceutical industry, with two partner organizations, Hovione and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations.

Francesca obtained the CIPP/E (Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe) Certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals in April 2018. She holds a LL.M. in computer and communication law from Queen Mary University of London, and a master’s degree in law from Luiss Guido Carli University. She is a qualified lawyer in Italy.


  • Artificial intelligence for social good
  • Intellectual property and artificial intelligence
  • Privacy, data protection and cybersecurity

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