Filippa Lentzos

Filippa Lentzos


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    Research interests (short)

    Security risks & governance of the life sciences and next generation biotech; biological weapons, bioterrorism & deliberate disease outbreaks; biological disarmament & non-proliferation; compliance assessment, transparency & trust; dual use research; responsible innovation & accountability; global health security & public health emergencies of international concern; AI & biodata.

    Research interests

    Filippa Lentzos specialises in biological threats and how to guard against them. One strand of her work focuses on emerging technologies, governance and responsible innovation, focusing particularly on synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, deep learning and robotics. Another strand looks at information warfare and deliberate disinformation related to global health security. A third strand focuses on transparency, confidence-building and compliance assessment of biodefence programmes and high-risk bioscience (involving, for example, genome editing and potentially pandemic pathogens). Final strands of her work relate to biopreparedness, simulations and field exercises; the role of science fiction in conceptualizing biological threats; intelligence, biological threat assessment, and intelligence-academia engagement.

    Her work involves sustained and in-depth engagement with scientists, governments, international organizations, and the United Nations.

    For more about her work see or follow her on twitter: @FilippaLentzos

    Biographical details

    Originally trained in human sciences before obtaining her sociology doctorate, Lentzos is a mixed methods social scientist. She spent the first 10 years of her career at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 2012, she joined King’s as part of the team establishing the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, a unique interdisciplinary social science department carrying out leading research on some of the biggest global health challenges facing the world today. 

    Lentzos is also an Associate Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a columnist at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, an Editor of the social science journal BioSocieties, and the NGO Coordinator for the Biological Weapons Convention. She is Co-Chair of the new IEEESA Industry Connections program on Driving Responsible Innovation of AI, Life Sciences and Next Generation Biotech.

    Lentzos regularly consults for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, Regulating biotechnology: A comparative study of the formation, implementation and impact of regulations controlling biotech firms in Scotland and Norway, University of Nottingham

    Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

    Bachelor of Science, UCL University College London

    Award Date: 1 Jan 1999


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