Dr. Carlos Cuevas Garcia


Innovation Research

Dr. Carlos Cuevas Garcia is a postdoctoral researcher at the Innovation, Society and Public Policy Research Group at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University Munich. His research and teaching focus on research and innovation policy, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration, and health, safety and wellbeing. As part of the EU-Horizon2020 project SCALINGS (“Scaling up co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation”), his research examines co-creation, testing, and scalability practices in robotics for inspection & maintenance of civil infrastructures. Before working for SCALINGS, his postdoctoral research examined the development of safety testing devices for the pharmaceutical industry. His doctoral research explored the multiple ways in which interdisciplinary research is supported, carried out, and experienced across different departments within one and the same university.

Carlos studied sociology in Mexico before obtaining an MA in Research Methods and a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) sponsored by the Mexican National Council on Science and Technology.

  • Research and innovation policy
  • Cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Health, safety and wellbeing
  • Pre-commercial and public procurement of innovation
  • Robotics



  • Nyborg S., Hansen M., Cuevas-Garcia C., Pepponi F., Lipp B. (2020). “Challenges and new strategies in public procurement of innovation” (workshop), Technical University of Denmark, 10 Mar.
  • Cuevas-Garcia C., Pepponi F. (2020). “Co-creating good robot challenges: Finding common between social needs and robotics strengths” (workshop), European Robotics Forum, Malaga, Spain, 5 March.
  • Cuevas-Garcia C. (2019). “Living lab ecologies: From typologies to a socially-robust understanding of co-creation instruments”. Annual meeting, Society of Social Studies of Science (4S), New Orleans, US. 4 – 7 Sep.
  • Cuevas-Garcia C. (2018). “Situating three-dimensional cell micro-environments in their institutional and regulatory macro-environment. The challenge of regulating regulatory objects”. 17th Science and Democracy Network Meeting, Munich, 27-30 Jun.
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • 2015 Postgraduate representative of the year, University of Nottingham
  • 2015 2nd prize best Ph.D. publication, School of Sociology and Social Policy
  • 2011-2015 National scholarship, Mexican Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT)
  • 2010-2011 National scholarship, Mexican Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT)
  • 2009 ‘Mención honorífica’, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo
  • 2008 Scholarship for ‘The Scholar Ship’