I am currently Associate Professor at Universidade Europeia and a member of the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e Tecnologia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa. In 2011 I came to my home country, Portugal, and became a Marie Curie Fellow and in 2013, I left York University (Canada) where I was Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Communications. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2005 with a dissertation that examined the multiple and conflicted meanings of bodily augmentation through wearable computers, and went on to be a Research Associate at Cornell University, USA.
Anchoring my thinking in cultural studies of technoscience, feminist technoscience and'science and technology studies,' I specialize in ethnographic studies of technoscientific innovation. In the media and policy realms what I do is sometimes called ‘social and cultural implications of science and technology,’ engineers refer to it as 'human-factors research' but these terms are deceivingly simple. In my research I strive to characterize and retain the complexity of our relations to technoscience, examining how distinct techno-sciences materialize, reify and transform particular understandings and imaginaries of the world. I seek to represent and often intervene in these strange hybrid worlds.
I have two complementary research lines:
(1) The critical examination of technosciences that posit the body as the interface between biology and information (or, to use today's vocabulary, data). Here I investigate how different technosciences recraft, reify and produce values, facts and frameworks about the body, personhood, and agency, and how these are negotiated, acquiring affective and effective power. I have, so far, examined these issues in the field of wearable computers, and in my ongoing ethnography of the 'Quantifed Self' movement.
(2) The study of the politics and policies of contemporary technoscience governance. In particular, I am interested in examining how science is governed, regulated and financed, in the name of creating "better and responsible science." I have recently published two articles on the integration of the social sciences in R&D projects, one in Nature and the other in Social Studies of Science.
I am currently working on a project that explores the material discourses of a grass-roots movement called the 'Quantified Self'. Members of this group develop and use technology to with the goal of generating scientific self-awareness and optimizing performance. I am interested in understanding the practices, meanings and implications of technological self-quantification, and how these contribute to producing new ways to represent and be a body and a person. I am also keen to understand how QS practices are transforming the concept of health, illness and the 'normal'. If you'd like to know more click here. To participate send me an email.
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I am always interested in collaborating with colleagues with similar interests, as well as in working with MA or Ph.D. students who use science and technology studies, feminist technoscience, actor-network theory or cyborg anthropology approaches to critically examine the practices of technological development and use, particularly in regards to information and communication technologies, emergent technosciences, health technologies, and cyborgs and other augmented bodies (such as robotics, nano, wearable computing, artificial intelligence, to name a few). If you are thinking of pursuing graduate studies and would like to tell me more about your research and/or know more about mine don't hesitate to drop me a line.