Barbara Morsello

Non Tenure Track Assistant Professor

University of Padua- Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA)





Barbara Morsello is Assistant Professor (RTD-A) at the FISPPA Department of the University of Padova and a member of the Pastis research group.

Previously, she was a research fellow at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Padua as part of a Horizon 2020 project in which she worked on the social implications of emerging technologies in neuroscience with a focus on brain stimulation and AI.

Her recent research interests are e-health, genetic research and technological innovation in biomedical fields.

Between 2019 and 2021, she was a research fellow at the Fisppa department of the University of Padova in a PRIN/2017 project in which she focused on controversies concerning health with particular attention to the topic of vaccine hesitancy and refused knowledge in biomedical science.

She received a PhD in Social Theory and Research from the University of Roma Tre in 2019 and was later a Researcher at the Bruno Kessler Foundation’s Center for Information and Communication Technology in Trento.

In 2018 she was Visiting Research in SPS at the Department of Science Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) at the University of Edinburgh, while since 2016 she has taught General Sociology as a full assistant professor at the Pontifical Lateran University.

She has collaborated in several research projects with the health directorate of the Regina Elena National Cancer Institute (IRE), where she worked on a project on cancer prevention as scientific coordinator, and with the DiTES – Digital Technology, Education and Society research center at Link Campus University as a member of the board of directors.

She is currently a member of the editorial board of the Tecnoscienza – Italian Journal of Science and technology Studies.

She is involved in the research projects “Social factors and processes influencing the acceptance of rejected scientific knowledge (CSR)” and the project “SYNCH: A SYnaptically connected brain-silicon Neural Closed-loop Hybrid system”.

Recent Publications:

(2024) Morsello, B., Respecifying Fieldwork: Refused Knowledge Communities Explored Through the Reflexive Lens, in Neresini, F., Agodi, M.C., and Tosoni, S., (Eds.), Manufacturing, Refused Knowledge in the Age of Epistemic Pluralism. Discourses, Imaginaries, and Practices on the Border of Science., pp. 257-284, London, Palgrave MacMillan, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-99-7188-6_10

(2024) Morsello, B., Neresini F. and Agodi M. C. “This is the real face of Covid-19!”: How Refused Knowledge Communities Entered the Pandemic Arena, in Neresini, F., Agodi, M.C., and Tosoni, S., (Eds.), Manufacturing, Refused Knowledge in the Age of Epistemic Pluralism. Discourses, Imaginaries, and Practices on the Border of Science., pp. 195-223, London, Palgrave MacMillan, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-99-7188-6_8

(2023) Morsello, B.,  You definitely need a mastectomy if you are mutated! Experiencing breast cancer among genetic responsibilities and risk-reducing practices, in “Salute e Società”, 1, pp. 153-167, DOI: 10.3280/SES2023-001011

(2022) Morsello, B., Gli eroi e gli untori del Covid-19. I quotidiani come specchio di una relazione ambivalente tra cittadini e sanità pubblica durante l’emergenza, in “Polis”, 36 (3), pp. 421-452. DOI: 10.1424/105488

(2022) Morsello, B. and Giardullo, P., Free choice in the making: Vaccine-related activism as an alternative form of citizenship during the Covid-19 pandemic, in “Partecipazione e Conflitto”, 15 (3)., DOI: 10.1285/i20356609v15i3p697

(2022) Morsello, B. and Moretti, V., Managing Uncertainty in Biomedical Innovation from Below. Exploring Tensions and Contradictions in Oncology and Pregnancy Cases, in “Tecnoscienza – Italian journal of Science and Technology studies”, 12 (2), pp. 49-60.

(2022) Morsello, B., Pazienti in attesa di screening. La gestione del rischio oncologico durante la pandemia da SARS-CoV-2 in Maturo, A. e Gibin, M., (a cura di) Malati sospesi. La gestione della cronicità ai tempi del Covid-19, Milano, Franco Angeli, pp.189-204.

(2022) Bory, P., Crabu, S., Morsello, B., Tomasi, M. and Tosoni, S., Rethinking the Nexus between Science, Politics and Society in the Age of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic, in “Tecnoscienza – Italian journal of Science and Technology studies”, 12 (2), pp. 141-187.

(2021) Morsello, B., Ibride. L’esperienza del cancro al seno tra mutazione genetica e identitaria: un’analisi sociologica, Roma, Roma Tre Press.

(2019) Morsello, B., Identità ibride. Come le innovazioni biomediche modificano pratiche e routine nelle pazienti oncologiche, in Moretti, V. e Morsello, B., (a cura di), Interferenze digitali. Prospettive sociologiche su tecnologia, biomedicina e identità di genere, Milano, Franco Angeli.

(2018) Morsello, B., Alimentazione e cancro. Tra responsabilità individuale e medicalizzazione, in Corposanto, C. (a cura di) Alimentazione, salute e dintorni, Milano, Franco Angeli, pp. 62-74.

(2018) Morsello, B., Distopie digitali. Osservazioni su giovani, rischi e identità nella società del web, in”QTimes – Journal of Education, Technology and Social Studies”, 10 (4), pp. 14-22.

(2017) Morsello, B. and Moretti, V., Your health in numbers. A sociological analysis of two Quantified-self Communities, in “Salute e Società”, 3 (16), pp. 214-227.