Dr Ignacia Arteaga
Ignacia graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with a BA (Hons) in Sociology. She completed an MSc in Medical Anthropology (2014) and a PhD in Anthropology (2018) at University College London. Her scholarship explores the worlds of caregiving –its practices, possibilities, and limits— within different institutional and political economies.
Since joining the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2018, Ignacia has taught a range of lectures and seminars, has co-organised multidisciplinary academic events, and has been the co-investigator of a CRUK pump-priming grant exploring understandings of risk and care among disadvantaged communities in Cambridgeshire.
Ignacia’s post-doctoral research, funded by the Philomathia Foundation, constitutes one of the first in-depth anthropological studies of the scientific development and social effects of early cancer detection technologies. She explores the interfaces between scientists’ laboratory practices, the clinical worlds created through the translation of detection technologies, and the experiences of research participants enrolled in associated clinical trials to test those technologies.
Ignacia is also a Research Fellow in Robinson College.