Haydn Belfield

AI governance & policy researcher, University of Cambridge

Twitter: @HaydnBelfield

I'm a researcher, speaker and advisor - I mostly work on the societal and security implications of artificial intelligence (AI).

This site has recent articles, key academic publications, videos of talks and a career overview.

Selected work - recent articles

My work has been featured in


Financial Times

The Economist

The Guardian

Selected work - key academic publications

Recent talks I've given

Career overview

Haydn has been a Research Associate and Academic Project Manager at the University of Cambridge's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk for the past six years. In that time the Centre tripled in size, and he advised the UK, US, and Singaporean governments; the EU, UN and OECD; and leading technology companies. He has over 40 publications with over 1,300 citations, including on climate change, pandemics, and societal collapse, but most of his work is on the security implications of artificial intelligence (AI). He is co-Chair of the Global Politics of AI Project and a Research Fellow at the international Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.

Previously he worked in UK politics as the Senior Parliamentary Researcher to a Labour MP in the Shadow Cabinet, and was seconded to several general election and referendum campaigns. He was a Policy Associate at the Global Priorities Project (University of Oxford) and the first Development Director of the Centre for Effective Altruism.

He is a DPhil/PhD Candidate in International Relations, and has an MSc in Politics Research and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), all from the University of Oxford. His thesis 'Bombs, Bugs, Bytes and Bots' is on the history and future of arms control - what lessons from the varied success of arms control regimes for nuclear, biological and cyber weapons can be applied to international governance of artificial intelligence?


2017 - now

University of Cambridge, Centre for the Future of Intelligence & Centre for the Study of Existential Risk - Academic Project Manager

2014 - 2017

UK Parliament - Senior Parliamentary Researcher


2021 - now

University of Oxford, DPhil in International Relations

2020  -  2021

University of Oxford, MSc in Politics Research

2009 - 2013

University of Oxford, BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)

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I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.