Kate J. Sim

I am a qualitative social scientist researching the intersection of gender, technology, trust & safety. Currently, I am completing a PhD at the Oxford Internet Institute where I study how reporting technologies for campus safety impact students’ reporting behavior. I am also a Senior Researcher at Edgeryders where I specialize in digital ethnography.

I employ qualitative methods to study how people experience and make sense of their interactions with emerging technologies. This also includes translating my findings into concrete and actionable recommendations for designers, practitioners, and policymakers.

My work spans across AI/algorithmic accountability in public life, operationalizing research ethics, and data practices for survivors of gender-based violence. I collaborate closely with impacted communities, practitioners, and technologists to inform and guide my research.

I hold a MSc in social science from the Oxford Internet Institute and a BA in gender and sexuality studies from Harvard. Read more here.


April & May 2021.
I will be presenting my doctoral research at the following conferences: Gender Summit in April; Data Justice in May.

March 2021.
I will be joining Microsoft Research New England lab's Social Media Collective as a PhD Intern. I will be researching how social media companies employ gendering as a governance technique to set regulatory norms and shape what we expect from social media platforms.

Our workshop "Thinking through and writing about research ethics beyond "broader impact" has been selected as one of the translation tutorials at FAccT 2021.