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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Dr Tanya Filer leads the Digital State Project at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. Her work focuses on GovTech (government technology) innovation ecosystems, and on digital government more broadly. Amid rapid technological change and deepening inequality, she seeks to understand how governments can better engage digital and emerging technologies, including for improved service provision and more meaningful forms of citizen participation. 

Tanya has published numerous articles and chapters including in Information, Communication & Society, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, and the edited volume Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them (OUP, 2019). She also runs Tech States, the Institute's interview series featuring leading international voices on government and technology.

Before joining the Bennett Institute, Tanya was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, and a member of the interdisciplinary Leverhulme Trust Conspiracy and Democracy Project.

Tanya is a Teaching Associate at the University’s Centre for Latin American Studies where her MPhil seminars and supervision focus on technology and public policy. She also teaches on Cambridge's newly launched PGCert in Public Policy, and has taught previously at Yale, Oxford and UCL.

Tanya has been a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, British Research Council Scholar at the Library of Congress, Collaborative Exchange Scholar at Yale University and Leverhulme Trust Scholar at the Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires. In 2018, she was a UK-Israel British Council fellow in Cyber Research. She served from 2016 to 2018 on the Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment at the World Economic Forum.

Dr Tanya  Filer