Contact Dr Natalie Clewley


Natalie received her PhD in Information Systems Research from Brunel University London in 2011, looking at how data mining techniques can be used to provide new insights to how humans learn in online environments. She subsequently worked as a Research Fellow in Cyber Security in the Defence and Cyber Security Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London, researching how the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning and information fusion techniques can be used to enhance situational awareness and provide better decision support to human users in cyberspace.

She joined Cranfield University in June 2017 as a Lecturer in the Human Aspects of Cyber and continued her research in human-machine decision making, successfully attaining EPSRC and NCSC research grants. In the last few years, she has moved into the area of Complex Systems, investigating how artificial intelligence and human decision making is influenced by and viably operates in dynamic and changing environments in the Defence and Security, Public Health and Organisational Resilience domains.

Current activities

Natalie’s research interests are at the human-machine interface and are focused on how machine technologies, like Artificial Intelligence or Data Mining, and human thinking tools, like Systems Thinking, influence the way humans and machines work together to make decisions in highly complex environments. Her current PhD students are researching in related areas.

Her current and past research grants include:

UKPRP GroundsWell (CI): Community-engaged and Data-informed Systems Transformation of Urban Green and Blue Space for Population Health

NCSC (PI): Evidence-Based Principles for Secure Artificial Intelligence

EPSRC Human-like Computing (PI): Copacetic Smartening of Small Data for HLC (EP/R030987/1)

EPSRC Distributed Ledger Technologies (CI): Smart Money - Precision Data Management for Distributed Ledger enabled Central Bank issued Digital Currencies (EP/P032001/1)


Her teaching activities are focussed around the practical application of Systems Thinking methods to real world problems. She is the Course Director for the new Systems Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship and MSc (Open Cohort). She leads the following modules on the programme:

  • Introduction to Systems Methods
  • Formal Representation of Systems
  • Systems Practice

  • Publications

    Articles In Journals

    Conference Papers