Dr. P.D. (Paul) Hayes


Paul Hayes is a postdoctoral researcher working on the NWO project, VWData P4, which focuses on the ethics and transparency of algorithms in justice and security. Paul holds an MSc in Human Rights from University College Dublin, and a PhD in Ethics/Human Rights from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to his research in the VTI, Paul was a research assistant at the Graduate College of Arts and Media at Technological University Dublin.


I am primarily interested in the moral value and human rights implications of digital technologies and algorithms in the wider justice and security context, including in policing, emergency management and national defence.

I am or have been involved with teaching activities in Ethics and Engineering, Ethics and Engineering for Aerospace Engineering, and Critical Reflection on Technology.

  • Ahmad, K., Finan, S., Kelly, S., Zhang, X., Hayes, P., Hogan, L., 2018. Social Computing and the Law: Uses and Abuses in Exceptional Circumstances, in: Ahmad, K. (Ed.), Social Computing Systems and Ethical Considerations. Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 14–24.
  • Hayes, P., Kelly, S., 2018. Distributed morality, privacy, and social media in natural disaster response. Technology in Society 54, 155–167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2018.05.003
  • Jackson, D., Aldrovandi, C., Hayes, P., 2015. Ethical Framework for a Disaster Management Decision Support System Which Harvests Social Media Data on a Large Scale, in: Bellamine Ben Saoud, N., Adam, C., Hanachi, C. (Eds.), Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management in Mediterranean Countries, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing. Springer International Publishing, pp. 167–180.

Paul Hayes

Postdoctoral researcher

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics and Philosophy of Technology