Research

PROJECTS

-2015-2022: “Accessibility Values: Disability rights movements, political regulations and market devices in the design of urban democracy in Europe” (Ongoing research project  -Chair of Urban Anthropology, Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin)

An ethnographic research project (involving fieldwork, interviews, and archival work) on inclusive urbanism struggles and the creation, implementation, maintenance and supervision of sidewalk democracy projects in Europe, with a focus on Barcelona and Spain.

Funded by:  Assistant Professorship of Participatory Technology Design (Exzellenzinitiative, 2015-2018), Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University of Munich .

– 2012-2014. “Participatory experiences in the design of independent living technologies & services” (Postdoctoral project at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

An ethnographic research project on different practices of participatory & collaborative design for ‘independent living’ and urban accessibility, taking part as a member of the “En torno a la silla” design collective.

Funded by: An Alliance 4 Universities postdoctoral fellowship; and Spanish National R&D programme 2011-2014 “Political Action of Groups Concerned with the Promotion of Independent Living in Spain (EXPDEM)” (CSO2011-29749-C02-02) research project.

– 2007-2012. “The logics of telecare: The fabrication of ‘connected autonomy’ in telecare for older people” (PhD in Social  Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

The result of an ethnographic project on home telecare devices for older people in the region of Madrid (Spain), in which I focused on the practices of implementation and use of such devices & services through which certain articulations of ‘users’ as well as care relations and spaces emerged out.

Funded by: FPU-UAM 2007-2011 PhD fellowship; FP7 project  2007-2010 “Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies for older people at home (EFORTT)“; and Spanish National R&D programme 2008-2011 research project “Technology and attention to dependence: An analysis of the psychosocial effects of telecare’s implementation” (CSO2008-06308-C02-01/SOCI).

areas

Anthropology & STS (materio-semiotic & post-ANT perspectives)

 Techno-scientific activisms (self-experimentation, and the experience-based challenge and democratisations of expertise; open design how-to/tutorial culture and other activist archives of experience; tinkering with documentation, and the production of encounters to elicit and discuss bodily diversity and the environmental/material affordances to host it)

 Ecologies of support (more–than–human care arrangements and their design, installation, use, maintenance/repair, or re-design; institutional, market, DIY, collaborative, or open-source infrastructures; the politics and ethics of care through different personal and urban/environmental ecologies of support)

– Re-learning design (how the social sciences–STS and anthropology in particular–could ‘intravene’  design education by generating pedagogic situations in which their methods and readings could contribute to  different processes of un-learning and re-learning how to be a design professional)

Ethnographic experimentation (re-designing anthropology’s methods to undertake different forms of experimental collaborations and joint problem-making with our epistemic partners, with a particular attention to digital platforms and meeting formats)

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