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, teaching, and supervision activities focus on the interrelations between the politics of science, technology and innovation and the production of individual and collective identities. He currently leads a section of the EU-Horizon2020 project BoostEuroTeQ (strengthening institutional transformations for responsible engineering education in Europe). Previously he worked on the successfully concluded EU-Horizon2020 project SCALINGS (Scaling up co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation), mostly exploring co-creation and public engagement practices of the European robotics community.

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. His PhD explored discourses around interdisciplinarity and the constitution of interdisciplinary selves and identities.

  • Co-creation and interdisciplinarity
  • European Universities Initiative
  • European robotics
  • Individual and collective identities



  • Cuevas-Garcia C., Pepponi F., and Pfotenhauer S. (2021). “When innovation meets decay 4S: sewer maintenance, innovation policy, and the making of European robots”. Annual meeting, Society of Social Studies of Science (4S), 9 Oct.
  • Cuevas-Garcia C. and O’Donovan C. (2021). “Programming engagement in European robot competitions: care, control, and the arts and crafts of embracing and bypassing engagement”. Annual meeting, Society of Social Studies of Science (4S), 8 Oct.
  • Cuevas-Garcia C. (2021). “Investigating European co-creation: Towards a sociology of co-creation instruments”. Biennial meeting, European Sociological Association, 3 Sep.
  • Cuevas-Garcia C., Pepponi F., and Pfotenhauer S. (2021). “Putting robotics co-creation into practice: Challenges and opportunities for open innovation and governance” (workshop). European Robotics Forum, 3 Apr.
  • 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’