Research

INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

-2015-2018: Accessibility Values: Disability rights movements, political regulations and market devices in the design of urban democracy in Europe (Individual research project)

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), 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 the 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).

COLLABORATIVE VENUES

-2019-ongoing: Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology (Humboldt-University of Berlin’s Department of European Ethnology).

In the ‘Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology’, we would like to unfold a double agenda:

1) The Stadtlabor should open up a forum for academic and non-academic researchers interested in practices, promises, processes and problems of city-making. Our idea is to develop something we have started calling ‘an anthropology of urbanism’, paying particular attention not only to the modern urban design discipline and its role in governmental formations, but also to insurgent, everyday and more-than-human ways in which cities are being re-designed and re-made. Following a ‘near ANT’ approach, we aim to explore socio-material articulations and onto-epistemic controversies surrounding current urban transformations.

2) The Stadtlabor should also become a space where to experiment with what a multimodal urban anthropology might involve, that is, one that resorts to material productions, in order to reflect and intervene in processes of city-making. Accordingly, we would like to render the Stadtlabor a working space, that is, a workshop or even a studio, where all sorts of projects could be developed in collaboration with different urban actors.

-2019-ongoing: Intersticios–Una indagación sobre las artes del encuentro

A collaborative platform with Gonzalo Correa to inquire on interstitial matters and the arts of togetherness.

-2015-ongoing: #xcol – Experimental collaborations

An open anthropological infrastructure–developed together with Adolfo Estalella–for the research of inventive and intraventive modes of ethnographic and non-ethnographic inquiry. It seeks to intervene in current forms of anthropological practice and learning.

AREAS

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

 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; environmental issues and interspecies relations)

 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)

– Re-learning (from) design (developing engagements with and through design towards inventive forms of public engagement and world-making, from which we could re-learn what it means to practice our anthropological inquiries; together with how the social sciences–STS and anthropology in particular–could ‘intravene’ in 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)

Anthropological experimentation (multi-modal invention; re-designing anthropology’s methods to undertake experimental modes of ethnographic and non-ethnographic inquiry, such as joint problem-making with our epistemic partners, with a particular attention to digital platforms, as well as meeting and learning formats)