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Emma Quilty is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Monash University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society, working within the Emerging Technologies Lab under the Direction of Professor Sarah Pink. 

Emma’s work within the Centre relates to projects focused on trust, transport and mobility. Emma brings industry experience to the team after having worked for Everymind on the Ahead for Business program, a national mental health project.

A sociocultural anthropologist by training, Emma is an expert in ethnographic research methods with a focus on embodied, feminist and sensory methods. Her PhD thesis examines witchcraft as a social phenomenon, by specifically looking at the everyday practices of young Australians. She has published her thesis findings in a number of academic journals and edited collections, as well as through The Conversation and interviews with ABC National with Myf Warhurst

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

Education/Academic qualification

Social Anthropology, PhD

Social Anthropology, 1st Class BA Honours

Research area keywords

  • design anthropology
  • automated decision making
  • emerging technologies
  • ethnography
  • trust


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