The researcher

Dr Ignacia Arteaga

I graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with a BA (Hons) in Sociology. I hold an MSc in Medical Anthropology (2014) and a PhD in Anthropology (2018) from University College London. My main research interest is the practices, possibilities and limits of caregiving in different contexts. Over the last eight years, I have looked at experiences of ageing, youth, disability and life-threatening medical conditions in Chile and the UK. My forthcoming book “Getting on: Living with colorectal cancer in London” is based on my doctoral dissertation. It examines an ethical mode of experience through which many people affected by cancer navigate the requirements, side effects and consequences of treatments in their everyday lives.

In 2018, I was appointed teaching associate and affiliated lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.  Since joining the Department, I have taught a range of seminars in Medical Anthropology, have co-organised a multidisciplinary workshop on cancer stratification practices, and have been the co-investigator of a CRUK pump-priming grant exploring experiences of risk and cancer among disadvantaged communities in Cambridgeshire.

I currently hold a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge.  This new research is funded by the Philomathia Foundation, focusing on the early detection of cancer in the UK. It entails ethnographic research within a broad field that concerns tracking detection technologies from development through to clinical use and social effects.

I am a Research Fellow in Robinson College.

You can see my academic publications here.

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