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Dr Federica Lucivero

Dr Federica Lucivero

Federica Lucivero

Associate Professor

Federica Lucivero is an associate professor in ethics of technology at the Ethox Centre, the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Humanities and Oxford Population Health. Federica trained in philosophy and qualitative research methods at the University of Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, University of Twente and King’s College London (KCL).

Her research focuses on the ethical aspects of the increasing introduction of digital, data-driven and AI technologies (online portals, wearable sensors, mobile apps) in care pathways, individual health practices, and biomedical research. She has written about AI, ‘big data’ research and governance, mobile and digital health, and digital phenotyping. Federica has publications in several major journals in the field of ethics of innovation (including Science and Engineering Ethics, Nanoethics, Big Data and Society, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, AI and Society, and Law Innovation and Technology) and is author of the book: Ethical Assessments of Emerging Technologies: Appraising the moral plausibility of technological visions (2016, Springer).

Current/recent projects

Federica led the Italian arm of the Solidarity in Pandemic project (a large qualitative comparative and longitudinal study comprising nine countries in Europe) and the ethics work in the IMI-funded RADAR-AD project aiming at identifying and validating digital biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease. She established a research programme on Sustainable Health Data Science and AI and received grants from several funders to work on this topic. For example, she was funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme to conduct an exploratory study on “digital sustainability” and she is a co-investigator on the ESPRC-funded project PARIS-DE (Design Principles and Responsible Innovation for a Sustainable Digital Economy) and on the KCL seed fund “Exploring digital health promises and practices through a sustainability lens. Implementing sustainability in decision-making”.


Federica co-leads the ethics module for the Centre for Doctoral Science in Health Data Sciences for the Department of Computer Science, and the MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology for the Nuffield Department of Population Health. She supervises a number of DPhil projects exploring ethical and social aspects of data-driven and AI technologies for health and medicine.


Federica served as a member of the European Working Group commissioned to develop guidelines for the assessment of health apps quality and as a member of the Lombardia Regional Forum for Research and Innovation. She is an ethics advisor in a number of international research projects. She is currently a member of the Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee, Director of the OxPop/BDI Ethics Forum, co-chair of the departmental Mid-Career Academic Steering Group, and convener of the Big Data Sustainability Conversations.

Recent publications

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