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Social Science, Health & Medicine - Federica Lucivero


Federica’s research interests are located at the crossroad of philosophy and ethics of emerging technologies and science and technology studies. She has been exploring theoretical and methodological questions concerning governance of innovation in the biomedical field (bionic technologies, specifically brain computer interfaces, molecular diagnostics, and recently e-healthcare and robots). In her studies, Federica combines theoretical and methodological analysis with empirical studies. Her current research investigates the ethical and social aspects of digital and mobile health, with a particular focus on the way portability of healthcare redefines normative boundaries in medicine and beyond. 

Federica’s PhD thesis, completed in 2012 at the department of Philosophy at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) addresses the methodological question of assessing the plausibility of expectations surrounding emerging technologies within the context of Technology Assessment. She completed the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC: ) in 2011. From 2012 till the summer of 2014, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Tilburg Institute for Law Technology and Society (University of Tilburg, the Netherlands)  where she was exposed to theories and studies of technology regulation. A commercial edition of the PhD thesis is published by Springer in its International Library of Ethics Law and Technology with the title “Ethical Assessments of Emerging Technologies: Appraising the moral plausibility of technological visions”.

She joined the department of Social Science, Health and Medicine in September 2014 as Marie Curie Fellow. Her project explores the ethical and political underpinnings of mobile health, find out more here. In the department she is a member of the Bioethics and Social Justice research group and the Foresight Research and Responsible Innovation Lab (FRILL ). She is also a member of the Citizen Participation in Science and Medicine (CPSM) network and a member of the King’s Centre for Global Ageing. Together with Lorenzo del Savio, Federica founded the Data and IT in Health and Medicine Lab that meets once a month.

Federica is Affiliate Member of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology and member of the Centre for Ethics and Politics of Emerging Technologies (CEPET, hosted ad Maastricht University, NL). She is an Associate Member of the ALERT Research Group at Middlesex University, investigating the  Aspects of Law and Ethics Related to Technology. 

Because of her expertise on patient experiences and empowerment through mobile health technologies and electronic access to medical records, Federica is currently representing KCL in a Working Group that the European Commission has recently established to draft guidelines for health apps quality assessment. Find out more about it here.

In May 2016 Federica has been awarded by the Social Science and Public Policy Faculty with the Research Faculty Fund for the project “Building an Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Digital Health”. The project will be running a series of workshops throughout the year with the goal of building a network across the College for scholars working in the field of digital health from different disciplinary backgrounds. If you are interested in this field and be part of this Centre, do send an email.

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