My name’s Tomás Sánchez Criado (@tscriado) and I am an anthropologist with specialisation in STS.

Originally from Madrid, I have spent a long time in Barcelona, Munich and Berlin.

Until the end of 2022 I will be working as Senior Researcher (TV-L 13/5) in Urban Anthropology at the Humboldt-University of Berlin’s Institut für Europäische Ethnologie. By the end of the year, I’ll start a new venture in Barcelona, where I will be joining the Open University of Catalonia’s CareNet-IN3 group as Ramón y Cajal Fellow and Associate Professor (professor agregat).

My ethnographic and public engagement work focuses on different instances of relational, knowledge and material politics in a wide variety of settings where care is invoked as a mode of urban intervention: be it as a practice of articulating more or less enduring ecologies of support; or as a particular mode of technoscientific activism democratising urban knowledges, design practice and infrastructures.

I am currently writing a book on how bodily diversity comes to matter in city-making, tentatively titled An uncommon city: Bodily diversity and the activation of possible urbanisms. Besides, I’m beginning to imagine my next big project on ageing cities in connection with a growing interest in atmospheric urban phenomena and issues of environmental urban health, such as climate catastrophe, heat waves, pollution/toxicity or interspecies relations.

These interests have also led me to experiment with multimodal anthropological engagements (exploring inventive forms of collaborative inquiry where multimodality could be understood not just or not only as ‘in a plurality of media’ but rather ‘in a plurality of relational and epistemic modes’).

As part of this work I have been invested in experimenting with platforms of multimodal ethnography and collaborative pedagogy, such as:

xcol. An Ethnographic Inventory, a collaborative infrastructure to document ethnographic inventions and the inventiveness of the ethnographic that I co-curate together with Adolfo Estalella since 2020;

– the Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology, a laboratory of urban research where anthropologists interested in contemporary urban issues explore multimedia formats of knowledge production and intervention in collaboration with other urban actors that I directed between 2019 and 2022, and where I will remain attached as guest researcher;

– the EASA’s Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation (#colleex), which I founded and co-convened between 2016 and 2021; and

– the Digital Curatorial Collective (DCC) of the Society of Cultural Anthropology’s website, which until 2025 will curate a “concept studio” to emphasise the work that the multimodal advances in the discipline.


See the publications section.


See the research: projects & venues section.


See the teaching & supervision section.


– 2015-2018. Senior Researcher (TV-L 13/4-5). Assistant Professorship of Participatory Technology Design, jointly appointed between the Munich Center for Technology in Society & the Department of Architecture, Technical University of Munich.

– 2014-2015. Lecturer in Social Sciences. Psychology and Educational Sciences Department, Open University of Catalonia. STS-b (Barcelona Science & Technology Studies) research group.

– 2012-2014: Assistant lecturer / Alliance 4 Universities postdoctoral fellow at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. STS-b (Barcelona Science & Technology Studies) research group.

– 2011-2012. Assistant lecturer. Psychology and Educational Sciences Department, Open University of Catalonia.

– 2007-2011. FPU-UAM PhD Fellow. Social Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Scientific networks

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) [Member since 2014, co-convenor from 2016 to 2021 of the #Colleex – Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation network]

Socio-Gerontechnology Network [Member since 2020]

European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) [Member from 2006 to 2022, student representative from 2009 to 2010, part of the local organising committee of the 2016 4S/EASST Barcelona conference “Science and Technology by Other Means – Exploring collectives, spaces and futures“]


Visiting fellow at the following institutions: Instituto de Historia (IH), History of Science Dept., Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – Spanish National Scientific Council (CSIC), Madrid (3 weeks, 3.2017; 5 weeks, 9-10.2017); UC, Davis – Departments of Cultural Studies and Anthropology (1 week, 4.2017); Instituto de Psicología Social, Universidad de la República, Montevideo (2 weeks, 12.2016); Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS), Research Group ‘Environment, Territory, and Society’, Universidade de Lisboa (3 weeks, 10.2016); Centre for Science Studies & Department of Sociology, Lancaster University (1 semester, 10.2009-2.2010).

– Alliance 4 Universities Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2012-2014)

– FPU-UAM PhD Fellowship, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (2007-2011)

Collaboration in journals and book series


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