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Clemi Collett

Clemi holds a BA in Theology from Mansfield College, University of Oxford, and an MPhil in Gender Studies from Jesus College, University of Cambridge. For her MPhil, Clemi researched gender biases related to verbal and non-verbal communication in the context of corporate interviews.

Since graduating, Clemi has been working as a research assistant at the POLIS department at Cambridge, as well doing some research for a number of consultancies. Last year, she co-authored a report on leadership and innovation with the consultancy, iOpener, and co-authored the report 'AI and Gender: Four Proposals for Future Research' with Dr Sarah Dillon. Clemi is also now the Head of Research at The Pipeline in London.

What are you working on now?

I’ve been extremely lucky to be research assistant to two incredible women – Professor Jude Browne and Dr Sarah Dillon. Both are working on extremely exciting projects, and it’s been a fascinating experience for me to see how they work and to read around their subjects. 

Independently, I’ve been working on two journal articles – one on Emily Dickinson’s queer epistemology, and another on gender bias surrounding nonverbal and verbal communication in the context of corporate interviews (based on research I did during my MPhil).  I’ve also just started doing some research work for The Executive Pipeline, a company specialising in organisational diversity and women in leadership. 

I’m also interested in the relationship between AI and gender – in 2019 Dr Dillon and I published a report on ‘AI and Gender: Four Proposals for Future Research’. I’m hoping to begin a doctorate next year looking at how AI will impact gender bias in the workplace.  

How has your career to date led to this?

I did my MPhil in Gender Studies at Jesus College from 2017 to 2018 and have been working as a research assistant for Professor Browne since Sept 2018. I met Dr Dillon shortly after, and wrote the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence report on AI and Gender with her last year, before becoming her research assistant in October 2019. 

What one thing would you most want someone to learn from what you’ve done or are doing now?

If you don’t ask you don’t get! It’s always good to push on doors and see which ones open. 

What do you think of Jesus College and the Intellectual Forum?

Jesus College is an unbelievably special place and I feel extremely lucky to have been a small part of it. The Intellectual Forum is filled with brilliant people. For example, Julian has been such a great mentor to me over the last couple of years. The range of events and speakers which the IF hosts are pretty amazing – from roundtables on climate change, to Jimmy Choo, to Baroness Helena Kennedy. 

The IF, for me, symbolises what learning should be about – becoming accustomed with a breadth of topics, and building the important skills of listening, engaging in informed debate, and productive collaboration. 

Not only do the IF bring inspiring people to speak, and bring important discussions into the foreground, but they provide a forum for students to host events and explore their own interests further. 

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