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.

Doctoral research project.

My doctoral research explores how antibiotic stewardship programs, hospital infrastructures and healthcare practices 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.

Current and recent academic projects. 

As part of my professional training as an Alice Brown Scholar, I take part in different academic projects within the School of Social and Political Science at the University, including:

January 2020-present. Managing Editor at the Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT) journal.

June 2020-present. Research Assistant, 'Domesticating Covid-19 Epidemiological Models', Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (CBSS), Usher Institute

Sept 2019-Feb 2020. Archival researcher and writer with the student-led decolonial project UncoverED.

A bit more background.

Before returning to Edinburgh and academia, I worked as an editorial assistant for the URV 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

Throughout my ongoing doctoral training, I am interested in training and participating in conversations around digital methods, open-access publishing, data labs, and the infrastructures of academic research.


- Student Member of the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, at the Usher Institute (Medical School), University of Edinburgh.

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

- 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. Alice Brown Doctoral Scholarship, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh (2019-2025)

2019. La-Caixa INPhINIT Retaining Doctoral Fellowship (2019-2022) (not accepted)

2017. Postgraduate Student Excellence Award, School of Humanities, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona)

2015. Postgraduate Professional Training Fellowship (Academic publishing), University Rovira i Virgili (2015-2016)

Research Interests

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

Teaching Experience

During Semester 2 (2019-20), I was 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? Reflexiones alrededor del uso y consumo de antibióticos. (How many are too many? 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 blogs.

Moreno Lozano, C. 2020. Commentary: A problem in the making: visualising AMR and antibiotic use in Spain. AMIS Hub, 01/05/2020.

Moreno Lozano, C. 2020. Seeing COVID-19, or a Visual Journey Through the Epidemic in Three Acts. Somatosphere, 05/04/2020.

Book reviews.

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

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).

2020. Cuarentenas, mascarillas o higiene: coronavirus, siempre en sociedadEl Salto Diario Newspaper, 05/03/2020.

2019. Cómics y Resistencia a los antibióticos: Surgeon X. SEM@FORO, Revista de la Sociedad Española de Microbiología, 67.

2019. Hasta la vista, antibiótico! El Salto Diario Newspaper, 10/08/2019.

2018. ¿Estamos ante la muerte de la revolución antibiótica? Revista FUA, num 1: 15-20. ISSN 2603-638X.