Rodrigo Liscovsky Barrera's profile

Rodrigo Liscovsky Barrera

SPS Department

Science, Technology & Innovation Studies


1.61 Old Surgeons' Hall

High School Yards

Edinburgh, UK


I'm a PhD candidate in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. I hold an MSc by Research (with Distinction) in the same area, an M.Phil. in International Peace Studies (with Distinction) from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and a B.A. in Political Science with a major in International Relations from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). I held positions working in the Public Sector and International Organisations in Latin America and Spain where I have also worked in Academia. Nowadays I work as a Senior Tutor in an undergraduate course (International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond) as a Tutor/Lab Facilitator in a Q-step/postgraduate course (Analysing Social Networks with Statistics). For my PhD project, I'm working with both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand the dynamics of scientific internationalisation in Latin America in both epistemic and policy dimensions.

Professional Experience

- Project Assistant. International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) (May 2015 - Sep 2016)

- International Cooperation Project Officer. Organization of Ibero-American States (OIS-OEI) (October 2011 - Apr 2015)

- Research Assistant. Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) (September 2013 - May 2015) 


- PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh (2017 - ongoing)

- MSc(R) (with Distinction) in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh (2016 - 2017)

- M.Phil. (with Distinction) in International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin (2010 - 2011)

- B.A in Political Science and Public Administration, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2004-2009)

Awards and Funding

- Digital Science Poster Prize (3rd position) at the 23rd International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI) 2018 Conference / Leiden, The Netherlands.

- Economic and Social Research Council Studentship (ESRC 1+3 / Science, Technology and Innovation pathway) (2016 - 2020)

- Graduate School of Social and Political Science Special Award, Edinburgh University (2016 - 2020)

- UK/EU Masters Scholarship, Edinburgh University (2016)

- James Haire Memorial Prize for best set of essays in International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin (2012)

- Erasmus Scholarship, Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Utrecht Universiteit (2008-2009)

Research Interests

Social network analysis scientometrics bibliometrics Science policy Big data applied to social sciences Sociology of indicators

Teaching Experience

- Senior tutor: International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond (UG course) / 2017-2018

- Tutor / Lab facilitator: Analysing Social Networks with Statistics (Honours/PG course) / 2017-2018

- Tutor: International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond (UG course) / 2016-2017

PhD Title

Collaborate or perish: a multi-level social network analysis of scientific internationalisation in Latin America using a combination of methods in STS

PhD Supervisors

PhD Overview

Internationalisation has become increasingly important in both scientific and policy practices. International collaboration in science, a major component of internationalisation strategies, can take place at different levels and in a variety of forms. It can involve individual scientists, research institutions and even countries who come together to co-author a scientific paper, work in a joint international R&D research project or simply interact in digital platforms.

In recent decades, internationalisation has also occupied a central place in the policy agenda as countries started perceiving science and technology as a commodity and a key asset to compete internationally in the knowledge-based economy. In light of this, policy actors have become more concerned with producing quantitative information and developing scientometric indicators for monitoring the efforts to internationalise research systems. The development of indicators of internationalisation has constituted a priority for many countries yet their development and implementation is a field of which we have little knowledge.

Based on the concepts of Scientific and Technical Human Capital (Bozeman et al., 2001) and Resource-based Collaboration (Van Rijnsoever et al., 2008), I consider scientific internationalisation to be a multi-level phenomenon which unfolds across different levels simultaneously involving not only individual scientists but also research institutions who bring unique resources to their collaborative work as well as their social ties.

The aim of this research project is to study the contemporary dynamics of scientific internationalisation in Latin America in both epistemic and policy dimensions. From a methodological point of view, the study of scientific internationalisation, I argue, requires insights from both quantitative and qualitative methods and the reconciliation of both epistemologies in Science and Technology Studies.

Barrere, R., Liscovsky, R, Paredes, D. & Trama, L (2015). Las tecnologías de propósito general en Iberoamérica: situación actual y tendencias comparadas de la I+D en nanotecnología, biotecnología y TIC in (RICYT) El Estado de la Ciencia: Principales Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología Iberoamericanos / Interamericanos. RICYT, Buenos Aires. (Book chapter)