Cristina Moreno Lozano's profile

Cristina Moreno Lozano

SPS Department

Science, Technology & Innovation Studies

I am trained as a microbiologist and medical anthropologist. I am now studying towards a PhD in the area of Science and Technology Studies.

My doctoral research explores how antibiotic stewardship protocols, hospital infrastructures and healthcare practices may relate in the context of democratic Spain upon the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a public health problem. In my current research, I aim to experiment with mixing ethnographic and historical methods, using the archive as an ethnographic and collaborative device in my fieldwork.

Since January 2020, I am Assistant Editor at the Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT) journal.

A bit more about me.

Before returning to Edinburgh and academia, among other things, I worked as an editorial assistant for an e-book series in Medical Anthropology led by scholars at the Medical Anthropology Research Centre (MARC) at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain), and in digital communications and academic conference organisation, with colleagues at AIBR, the Network for Iberoamerican Anthropologists

I am also fascinated by the multiple digital and technical aspects behind the academic profession, research methods and publishing. I am interested in open-access publishing, data sharing, and in building accessible and equitable communication processes and infrastructures involved in the day-to-day of the job. 

During 2019-2020, I have participated as an archival researcher and writer in the student-led decolonial project UncoverED, which aims to situate the ‘global’ status of the University of Edinburgh in its rightful imperial and colonial context. In summer 2020, UncoverED will deliver an exhibition on science, colonialism and King's Buildings.


- Member of the student group Students of Medical Anthropology (SoMA) at the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA)

- Founding member of the student group at STIS (website coming soon).

- Regional Liaison for Spain and Portugal with Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS).


2019 - onwards. PhD in Science and Technology Studies - University of Edinburgh (part-time)

2017. M Sc in Medical Anthropology and Global Health - Universitat Rovira i Virgili de Tarragona and Universitat de Barcelona

2014. B Sc (Honours) in Biomedical Sciences (Infectious Disease) - University of Edinburgh

Awards and Funding

2019 - present. Alice Brown Scholarship, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

2016 - 2017. Postgraduate Student Excellence Award by the School of Humanities, Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Research Interests

Science & technology studies medical and veterinary anthropology Antimicrobial resistance history of medicine

Teaching Experience

During Semester 2 (2019-20), I am a tutor for the course Science, Nature and Environment (STIS08007).

PhD Title

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) protocols: Optimization, hospital infrastructures, and care practices in democratic Spain

PhD Supervisors

My PhD project is supervised in collaboration between Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) and the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA), both within the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh:

Lukas Engelmann (STIS)

Miguel García-Sancho (STIS)

Ian Harper (EdCMA, Social Anthropology)

PhD Overview

My research methods are interdisciplinary and experimental in nature. Archives and ethnography are at the core of this project. By using historical and ethnographic methods, I aim to explore how antimicrobial resistance (AMR) governance uses tools such as protocols or guidelines to optimize the use of (scarce) antibiotic drugs in democratic Spain. In doing this, I will investigate how Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes in Spain (called PROAs, Protocolos de Optimizacion de Antimicrobianos) coordinate tasks by different professionals, and resolve (or not) the tensions between infectious disease control and care practices within public healthcare infrastructures in Spain today. 


(Forthcoming). Moreno Lozano, C. ¿Cuántos son demasiados antibióticos? Reflexiones alrededor del uso y consumo de antibióticos. (How many are too many antibiotics? Reflections on the use and consumption of antibiotics). Disparidades. Revista de Antropologia. In press

Moreno Lozano, C & Flores Martos, JA. 2019. The Challenges of Storytelling Today. Interview with Paul Stoller. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana 14(2): 191-203. (Spanish translation here).

Academic commentaries and book reviews.

Forthcoming. Moreno Lozano, C. Commentary: A problem in the making: visualising AMR and antibiotic use in Spain. In press (April)

Forthcoming. Moreno Lozano, C. Book Review. Santesmases, Maria Jesus. 2018. The Circulation of Penicillin in Spain: Health, Wealth and Authority. Switzerland: Palgrave McMillan). In press

Moreno Lozano, C. 2019. Cómics y Resistencia a los antibióticos: Surgeon X. SEM@FORO, Revista de la Sociedad Española de Microbiología, 67. Access here (Spanish) 

Moreno Lozano, C. 2019. ‘Biology In Culture’ Review: Sara Kenney and John Watkiss, 2017. Surgeon X, Vol.1-6: The Path of Most Resistance. Journal of the History of Biology 55(1)

Moreno Lozano, C. 2018. Book Review of Greene, JA, Condrau, F, and Siegel Watkins, E (Eds.) 2016. Therapeutic Revolutions. Pharmaceuticals and Social Change in the Twentieth Century. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Medicine Anthropology Theory 5(4): 125-128.

Newspapers and public engagement (Spanish).

Moreno Lozano, C. 2019. Hasta la vista, antibiótico! El Salto Diario Newspaper, 10/08/2019. Access here.

Moreno Lozano, C. 2018. ¿Estamos ante la muerte de la revolución antibiótica? (Is the death of the antibiotic revolution approaching?) Revista FUA, num 1: 15-20. ISSN 2603-638X. Access here.