Federica Lucivero

Federica Lucivero


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Research interests

Federica Lucivero has been conducting research 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 tries to combine theoretical and methodological analysis with empirical studies. Her PhD thesis, completed in 2012 at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) and with the support of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology, 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). 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. Federica was recently awarded with a Marie-Curie grant (Intra-European Fellowship) on a project exploring the ethical and political underpinnings of mobile health (09/2014-09/2016). She joined the department of Social Science Health and Medicine at King’s College London in September 2014. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Too good to be true? Appraising expectations for ethical technology assessment, University of Twente

Award Date: 1 Jan 2012

Master of Philosophy, Diploma di Licenza, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Master of Philosophy, Brain-Machine Interfaces and persons: ontological and ethical issues, University of Pisa

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Bachelor of Philosophy, James and Peirce's pragmatism: a realistic interpretation., University of Pisa

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Ethics and philosophy of technology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Technology assessment
  • Governance of dual use technology


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