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Since 1996 the IESCT has deployed an intense conceptual production, empirical research and Science and Technology policy inputs. The following themes and research lines were addressed:

  • Policy analysis on Science, Technology and Innovation (policy setting, design, implementation and evaluation, strategies and related policies, actor’s practices)
  • Science and Technology indicators (for Argentina and Latin America)
  • Economics of technological change and local innovation dynamics (sectoral and case studies)
  • Indicators of innovation (Bogotá Manual, National Survey of Innovation and Technological Behavior-INDEC)
  • Construction of R&D agendas and research strategies
  • Social construction of the appropriability of locally generated S&T knowledge
  • Public perception of science and technology and scientific culture
  • Socio-historical analysis of the social construction (and use) of scientific knowledge in peripheral contexts (the relationship between social problems and knowledge problems, construction of research agendas)
  • Philosophical analysis of the results of scientific activity (elucidation of philosophical and conceptual aspects of scientific activity; reconstruction of systems of scientific concepts; practices-governing rules)
  • Historical analysis of science (origins and evolution of scientific products and practices)
  • Socio-technical analysis of the local dynamics of technological change and product innovation (knowledge-intensive technologies, information technologies and communication)
  • History of technology-related slavery in Africa and Latin America
  • Analysis of the design, development and implementation of Technologies for Social Inclusion (technologies aimed at solving social and environmental problems)

At the theoretical level, critical reviews of theoretical and methodological approaches have been undertaken, building a set of concepts appropriate to the specific peculiarities of Latin American scenarios. At the empirical level, the different research lines have taken as their object an heterogeneous series of local scientific and technological developments (biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceutical chemistry, technology, aerospace, nuclear, aerospace, metallurgy). The development of these research lines is a crucial input for the formulation and implementation of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development policies.

Read more about our research areas:

Sociology and Social History of Science
Social Studies of Technology and Innovation
Philosophy and History of Science
Education and Public Communication of Science and Technology