Emma Quilty


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Emma Quilty is an anthropologist working in the field of Science and Technology Studies at Monash University, based within the Emerging Technologies Research Lab.

She is currently working on the Net Zero Precincts project, an ARC Linkage project that aims to bring together transitions management with design anthropology. In this project she works collaboratively with a team of transitions managers, anthropologists and designers to develop a series of creative and experimental exhibitions and participatory workshops. These events are based in large part on an ethnographic study she led, the report for this stage of the project is now available.

Emma uses anthropological theories of trust to study how people make sense of the world and future of technology. Her approach to research draws on her background working in mental health where she began developing a framework of feminist care practices. She applies this approach to studying hidden gender biases in emerging technologies, using experimental and visual methods such as film-making to bring these issues to life.

Recently she co-produced an award-winning short film - She’s Not Alone - that explores the dynamics of power, gender and trust as they collide and intersect with ride-share technologies.

Emma is a research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society, her work in the centre is situated in the Mobilities focus area looking at the future of automated mobilities in Australia. The first report for this work is now available. She also works in the emerging area of trust in automated decision-making, commonly referred to as trust in automation or trust and AI.

Emma is also a co-host on The Familiar Strange, a popular anthropology podcast.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Anthropology, PhD

Social Anthropology, 1st Class BA Honours

Research area keywords

  • design anthropology
  • emerging technologies
  • mobilities
  • sustainability
  • trust


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