Kathleen Richardson

Senior Research Fellow in the Ethics of Robots, De Montfort University

Kathleen Richardson is Senior Research Fellow in Ethics of Robotics and part of the Europe-wide DREAM project (Development of Robot-Enhance Therapy for Children with AutisM). She is also affiliated with the ViR.AL interest group.

Kathleen completed her PhD at the Department of Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Her fieldwork was an investigation of the making of robots in labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After her PhD Kathleen was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (BAPDF), a position she held at the University College London. Kathleen's postdoctoral work was an investigation into the therapeutic uses of robots for children with autism spectrum conditions. She is affiliated to the Department of Anthropology at University College London. In 2013, she was part of the Digital Bridges Project, an innovative AHRC funded technology and arts collaboration between Watford Palace Theatre and the University of Cambridge.

Kathleen’s first manuscript on robots is contracted with Routledge: An Anthropology of Robots and AI: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines (forthcoming 2015). She is now working on her second manuscript exploring metaphors of machines, robots, computing, social networking and autism spectrum conditions.


  • 2012–present
    Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, UCL
  • 2014–present
    Senior research fellow in the Ethics of Robots, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort


  • 2008 
    University of Cambridge, PhD


  • 2015
    An Anthropology of Robots and AI: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines, Routledge

Grants and Contracts

  • 2009
    British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    British Academy