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Rachel Dlugatch

BA, MPhil

Postdoctoral Researcher

Rachel is a postdoctoral researcher based at the Ethox Centre and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities. She is working on a project led by Professor Angeliki Kerasidou which explores the promises and challenges of introducing artificial intelligence in healthcare settings. Bearing in mind clinical values like trust, accuracy, and efficiency, their project focuses on decision-aid tools in perinatal care and aims to arrive at normative conclusions about how to best introduce AI in healthcare. This research is part of a collaboration with Professor Antoniya Georgieva and her team as they develop data-driven cardiotocography (CTG) systems/software to assess fetal wellbeing during term labour. A social anthropologist trained in ethnographic methods, Rachel is responsible for the empirical portion of this research, including conducting interviews with relevant stakeholders (healthcare professionals, pregnant people/new parents, and software developers) and performing qualitative analysis. 

Rachel’s academic background and interests straddle anthropology, philosophy, and critical theory. Her DPhil research, based at the Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford, offers a feminist reconceptualization of safe spaces and explores themes of safety, violence, and justice. She also holds an MPhil in Social & Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a BA in Philosophy (French minor) from New York University. 

Rachel has longstanding interests in just healthcare, invisible illness and disability rights, patient-led social movements, cultural critique, and all things socially disruptive. She plans to explore themes of hope, futurity, trust, and (in)justice grounded in intersectional and feminist methodologies in future projects.