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Research Interests

Risk Communication and Governance; AI and Robotics in Healthcare; Ethical AI; Care Robots; Responsible Innovation; Social and Legal Anthropology; Science and Technology Studies; Ethnography; Japan.


I am an interdisciplinary social scientist specializing in Science and Technology Studies, holding degrees in Social Anthropology (PhD, MSc), Japanese Studies (MSt, MPhil), and Legal Studies (BA). Currently, I am a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (Medical School/Usher/Centre for Biomedicine, Self, and Society). I began this position in January 2024, after working there since 2019, first as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow appointed on the Wellcome Trust-funded project “AI and Health,” and then, since 2022, as the Principal Investigator on my Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science: "Techno-scientific Imaginaries of Socially Assistive Robots (SARs): A Comparative Study of How ‘Caring Machines’ Shape What It Means to Care.” My work focuses on responsible AI and robotics innovation in healthcare and aims to enable different stakeholders to become part of the co-production of healthcare technologies to inform and shape innovation together.

Currently, I am also: a Visiting Researcher at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics/Bayes; a Postdoctoral Affiliate of the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI); and a member of the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI). I closely collaborate with teams of roboticists at the Edinburgh School of Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, the UK National Robotarium, the Alan Turing Institute, and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Internationally, in Japan, I am the PI of a project funded by Japan’s Science and Technology Agency (JST) and closely collaborate with AIST (Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) and RIKEN (the largest research institute in Japan, with 3,000+ members). In France, I am a member of the INNOVCARE group (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales); in South Korea, I collaborate with roboticists based at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; and in Italy, I am a Postdoctoral Affiliate of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).


2022 University of Edinburgh - PgCAP & FHEA
2019 UCL - Ph.D. Social Anthropology
2015 University of Oxford - MSc Social Anthropology
2014 Ca’ Foscari University of Venice - MPhil Japanese Studies
2013 Ritsumeikan University - Advanced Japanese Language Course
2012 INALCO Paris - MSt Japanese Studies, Erasmus Scholarship
2011 Ca’ Foscari University of Venice - BA Law and Economics of East Asia
Fluent in English, French, Japanese, and Italian (native speaker)

Visiting and Research Positions

2022-2023 University of Tokyo - Visiting Researcher (7 months)
2022-2024 Edinburgh Centre for Robotics - Visiting Researcher (2 years)
2016-2017 Kyoto University - Visiting Researcher (1 year)


Twitter: @giulia_de_togni


  • GN Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Medical Sociology
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Anthropology of disasters and polluted environments
  • Risk theory
  • Neoliberal Governmentality
  • Biopolitics
  • Human rights and humanitarian assistance
  • AI
  • Robotics
  • Socially Assistive Robotics
  • AI and robotics technologies in health and social care
  • Roboethics
  • Gender, power and resistance studies
  • Japan
  • East Asia
  • Legal Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Gender
  • Resistance
  • STS
  • Wellcome Trust
  • H Social Sciences (General)


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