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More about Israel Rodríguez:


Rodríguez Giralt

Director · Full-time Researcher · Associate Professor

I’m currently Full Research Professor at the IN3 – Open University of Catalonia (UOC). My field of research is the so-called STS (Science and Technology Studies) and the study of new forms of technical democracy (social experimentation, public debate and mobilization). I’m particularly interested in understanding the role of technoscience in new health and social care activism and in public engagement and participation in disaster situations.

I hold a degree in Psychology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (with honours).  I received my PhD from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (with honours) for the PhD thesis entitled: “The symmetrical turn in the study of collective action: the ecological controversy of Doñana”. 

From 2002-2016 I have worked as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences at UOC. Since 2016 I’m coordinating CareNet Research Group.

I have been visiting researcher at Loughborough University (2002), Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process, Goldsmiths College, London (2009; 2010-2012) and Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia, Universidad Católica de Chile (2015). 

I am member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) & of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). As member of the Local Committee, I recently co-organised the 2016 EASST/4S Joint Conference in Barcelona.

In 2014, I received the Amsterdamska award from the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology for the book: “Disasters and Politics: Materials, Experiments and Preparedness” (Wiley/Blackwell, 2014), co-edited with Manuel Tironi and Michael Guggenheim. In 2018, I received the David Edge Prize from the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) for the article “Healing, Knowing, Enduring: Care and Politics in Damaged Worlds” published in The Sociological Review in 2017.


Tironi, M. Rodríguez-Giralt, I. (2017). Healing, knowing, enduring: Care and politics in damaged worlds. The Sociological Review, 65 (2): 89-109.

Sánchez-Criado, T:; Rodríguez-Giralt, I. Mercaroni, A. (2016). Care in the (critical) making? Prototyping as a radicalisation of independent living. ALTER: European Journal of Disability Research, 10: 24-39.

Rodríguez-Giralt, I. (2015). Birds as lines: The production of alternative regimes of environmental management in the aftermath of a toxic disaster. Geoforum, 66: 156-166.

Rodríguez-Giralt, I.; Tirado, F.; Tironi, M. (2014). Disasters as meshworks: migratory birds and the enlivening of Doñana’s Toxic Spill. The Sociological Review 62, pp. 38-60.

Rodríguez-Giralt, I. (2011). Social Movements as Actor-Networks: prospects for a symmetrical approach to Doñana’s Environmentalist Protest. Convergencia. Revista de Ciencias sociales, 18 (56): 13-35.

Callén, B.; Domènech, M.; López, D.; Rodríguez-‐Giralt, I.; Sánchez-.‐Criado, T.; Tirado, F.  (2011). Diásporas y transiciones en la Teoría del Actor-Red. Athenea Digital, 11(1), 3-13.

Rodríguez‐Giralt, I. (2010). El Activismo informacional. Educación Social. Revista de Intervención Socioeducativa. 44, pp. 15-28



Tironi, M.; Rodríguez-Giralt, I.; Guggenheim, M. (2014). Disasters and Politics: materials, experiments and preparedness. London: Wiley/Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-118-5w3139-6. Amsterdamska Award of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (2014).

Book Chapters

Sánchez-Criado, T.; Rodríguez-Giralt, I. (2016). Caring through design? En torno a la silla and the “joint problem-making” of technical aids. In Bates, C.; Imrie, R.; Kullman, K. Care and Design: Bodies, Buildings, Cities. London: Wiley/Blackwell. pp. 198-218

Delgado, A; Rodríguez-Giralt, I. (2014). Creole Interferences: a conflicte over biodiversity and ownership in the South of Brazil. In Medina, E. Holmes, C. Marques, I. (Eds.). Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society in Latin America. Cambridge: MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262526203

Rodríguez‐Giralt, I.; López, D. and García, N. (2009), Conviction and commotion. On soundspheres, technopolitics and urban spaces, In Ignacio Farías, Thomas Bender (eds.) Urban Assemblages. How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies, Routledge: New York, 179-197. ISBN: 978-0-415-48662-0

As Principal Investigator:

2016-2020: CareNet, “Care and Preparedness in the Network Society”. Funded by the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (In3). Internal competitive call for research group leaders.

2015-2018: CUIDAR, “Cultures of Disaster And Resilience among children and young peopleH2020-DRS-2014num. 653753. Funded by the European Commission, H2020, Research and Innovation Framework. Main Researcher: Dr. Maggie Mort (Lancaster University).

2014-2015: “Social-care activism in the age of austerity: a comparative study, Spain-UK”, IN3 Resident Researchers Programme. Funded by UOC.

2012-2014: “Expertise, democracy and mobilization: concerned groups and the promotion of independent living in Spain” (CSO2011-29749-C02-02). Funded by Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (Plan Nacional de I+D).

2010-2012: “The Rising of object-oriented Movements: Comparing the engagement of Concerned Groups in new social care policies in Spain”. Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Research (BP2009-107). Funded by AGAUR, Generalitat de Catalunya.

2009-2011: “Technoscientific controversies and Citizen Participation around Dependecy Care Policies” (CONDEPCIU). Funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Plan Nacional R+D+I 2008-2011).


As researcher:

2017: “Checking Assumptions and Promoting Responsibility in Smart Development Projects”. Funded by the European Commission, H2020, Research and Innovation Framework. Main Researcher. Main Researcher: Kjetil Rommetveit (University of Bergen).

2006-2007: “How professional women reconcile work and family life with ICT: a psychosocial and cultural analysis of their strategies). MEC-Instituto de la Mujer. Principal investigator:  Ana Gálvez (UOC).

2005-2007: “The biomedical information in new telemedicine services: user requirements, transmissions protocols, resource optimization and evaluation of services”. ETESER (SEJ2005-09319-C03-01). Funded by Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (Plan Nacional I+D+I 2004-227). Main Researcher: Francesc Sagí (UOC).

  • Social Movements
  • STS
  • Disasters



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