Ana Delgado

Associate professor

Academic interests

Ana Delgado’s research is concerned with the public dimensions of science and technology. Her research combines resources from STS, Social Anthropology and Political Theory.

Her work has primarily addressed the life sciences, moving from biodiversity conservation to big-data biology. She has looked at how bio-objects -such as seeds, and more recently microorganisms- are stabilized, legitimised and made public. Her research has been concerned with the politics of knowledge and technology in institutional settings and in political constellations such as the conservationist movement and Do It Yourself Biology networks.

Ana’s current research is focused on different forms of open science with a particular focus on practices of sharing and infrastructuring. This includes a critical approach to the bio-economy, and how innovation is produced not only in everyday research and market practices, but also in activism and grassroots engagements with technology. Ana’s work has also been concerned with how futures are enacted in the present, particularly through infrastructuring and bio-design practices.

Courses taught at TIK

TIK 4001- Module 2: Introduction to Science and Technology Studies 

TIK4040 - Research and Design Seminar


Ana Delgado has a background in social anthropology. She holds a Master degree in ecological economics, with a focus in political ecology. She gained a PhD degree in environmental sciences and theory of science. Her PhD thesis is an ethnographic study on production and diffusion of ecological knowledge and technology within rural movements in Brazil. By focusing on seeds as a site of negotiation and contestation, she explored the (partial) turn of a major social movement from Marxism to Environmentalism.

Positions held

Ana was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bergen, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (2010-2013). She has also been a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona (2009-2012). As a post-doctoral fellow she participated in several projects on the governance of emerging technologies such as Technolife (FP7) and RSB: Reflexive Systems Biology (Research Council of Norway), among others.

She has been a visiting researcher at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (2005), the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2006), and Arizona State University (2011). She has been a visiting lecturer at the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies program at the University of Edinburgh (2016). At the moment she collaborates in several research projects, and she is PI in a project on the use of digital methods in biology (ReDig) funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Tags: Science and Technology Studies, Politics of knowledge and technology, publics, biological objects, infrastructure, sharing and ownership, open science, bioeconomy, futures, social movements
Published May 11, 2017 11:40 AM - Last modified Aug. 4, 2020 11:32 AM