Andrés Domínguez's profile

Andrés Domínguez

SPS Department

Science, Technology & Innovation Studies

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Andrés is an engineer by training and worked in the telecommunications industry for half a decade before turning to science and technology policy and research. He completed his studies in Technology and Innovation Management at the University of Queensland which then led him to work in public sector innovation. He was later director of technology transfer in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Ecuador where he liaised with actors from the industry and academia to establish links for technology and knowledge transfer.

Currently, he investigates the involvement of users in the shaping of decentralised data infrastructures and has been a member of the Ethics and Governance Action Group at the University of Edinburgh’s Internet of Things initiative from 2017 to 2019.


PhD. Science and Technology Studies (2016-present)

MSc. (by research) Science and Technology Studies (2015-2016)

MSc. Technology and Innovation Management (2012-2013)

Eng. Electronics and Telecommunications (2004-2005)

Research Interests

Social Shaping of Internet and Society Internet Studies Internet of Things Users Innovation Studies Ethics and Governance of IoT Responsibility Responsible Innovation

Research Activities

Research and drafting of principles and procedures within the Ethics and Governance Action Group at the University of Edinburgh's IoT initiative.

Qualitative research on "Sensing Infrastructures" for CANDID (Checking Assumptions aND promoting responsibility in smart Development), a EU2020 project exploring the future of smart technologies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Andrés Domínguez has not added any teaching activity to this section yet.

PhD Title

Distributed Infrastructuring and Innovation: Exploring User Involvement in Decentralised Internet of Things networks

PhD Supervisors

Prof. Robin Williams

Dr. James Stewart

PhD Overview

Large-scale telecommunication networks have traditionally been built in a top-down fashion and with centralized control of the critical infrastructure. Networks incumbents often maintain an oligopoly, by integrating vertically and maintaining centralized control over the active and passive network infrastructure. The top-down strategy is not strange to the emerging paradigm of the "internet of things": 5G, NB-IoT and Sigfox are some examples of network technologies currently being rolled out by operators in this way. Bottom-up and decentralised deployments of infrastructure, on the contrary, (re)appear as an outlying phenomenon driven by political activism, a need to bridge societal gaps or new business opportunities. Owing to the dropping costs of hardware, decentralised and modular architectures and open IoT standards, such unconventional ways of organizing infrastructure are seeing a relative of success in the last years. My PhD thesis explores settings of high involvement of users and user communities engaged in building information infrastructures and innovations. A two-year on-site and online ethnographic exploration including interviews with developers, community initiators, volunteers, citizen science initiatives and users involved with decentralised data networks was conducted for this research. The thesis seeks to offer a sociotechnical perspective on the emerging division of labour and user/developer relationships.

Silvast, Antti, Robin Williams, Charles Raab, Andrey Elizondo, Andres Dominguez, Kjetil Rommerveit, Alessia Tanas, and Niels van Dijk. 2017. “Promoting Responsible Designs and Users in Smart Grid Projects.” Deliverable D2.2, no. CANDID Scientific Publication (November).