Marcela Suárez Estrada

Marcela Suárez
Image Credit: © Marcela Suárez

International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

Postdoctoral Fellow

Field of Activity

Project: "New media technologies and political contestation in Latin America"

Address Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin
Email marcela.suarez@zedat.fu-berlin.de

2014-2015

CONACYT Research fellow at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana- Unidad Xochimilco (UAM-Xochimilco), Mexico.

2013 -2014

Advisors’ Coordinator at the Science and Technology Advisory Forum (FCCYT), Mexico City.

2010-2013

PhD in Political Science "El poder de lo pequeño. Redes de producción de conocimiento y asimetrías en la nanotecnología en México" (Summa Cum Laude), Free University Berlin.

2006-2008

M.A. in Economy, Autonomous University of Madrid, 'Knowledge, Institutions, and Economic Performance'

 

2002 – 2005

 

Coordinator of economic analysis at National Association of Importers and Exporters of the Mexican Republic (ANIERM), Mexico City.

 

1998-2003

 

B.A. in International Relations, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), The Incorporation of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in Mexico’s Foreign Trade: A Model of Systemic Competitiveness” (With distinction).

"New media technologies and political contestation in Latin America"


 This project analyzes the ways in which social collectives in Mexico and Brazil have been using unmanned aerial vehicles (UVAs), commonly known as drones, to open new spaces of political participation and contestation. In recent years, drones have become the subject of heated discussions, primarily because of their military uses. However, now that this new technology is becoming available to other social groups as well, its civil and political application is on the rise. The project seeks to arrive at a better understanding of the role that this specific media technology plays in promoting new forms of digital counter-culture, political action and contestation. It considers the drone as a pivotal instrument in a larger network of technologies through which social collectives seek to mobilize knowledge, create awareness, and contest the power of the state and transnational companies in Latin America. By promoting a dialogue between different strands of the literature on digital politics, studies of science and technology, and feminist technoscience, the project seeks to provide new insights into the dynamics of new media technologies literature in decentering the common focus on the Internet, in going beyond the "digital divide" by showing the networked socio-material agencies and technologies that are at play in political participation, and developing new understandings of current civilian disputes over aerial space as public space.

The research questions pursued in this project are: 1) how are new media technologies such as drones changing public political participation? and 2) in what ways are they now shaping political contestation in Latin America? The methodological approach will be to conduct a digital ethnography in two social collectives in Mexico and Brazil.

 

Articles with peer review process

Suarez, M and G. Dutrénit (2015) “The Role of Innovation Policy Incentives on the Reproduction of Asymmetries within Nanotechnology Knowledge Networks in Mexico”, Science and Public Policy, 42 (1): 59-71, ISSN 1471-5430 - Print ISSN 0302-3427  [link: http://spp.oxfordjournals.org/content/42/1/59.full ]

Dutrénit, G. and Suárez, M., 2015. Involving stakeholders in the policymaking process. Consensus generation with entrepreneurs in Mexico, Conference paper, 13th Globelics Conference.

Garcia, S. y M. Suarez (2014) “Editorial Asymmetries of knowledge in Latin America”, Critical Reviews on Latin America Research 3 (2). Guest Editor. ISSN 2195-3481. [link: http://www.crolar.org/index.php/crolar/article/view/161/pdf_91 ]

Suarez, M. (2013) “Transnational Knowledge Networks in Nanotechnology in Mexico: Policy Incentives and Dynamics”, Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy, Volume 4, ISSN: 2153-3679
print ISSN: 2158-3854 [link: www.synesisjournal.com/vol4_g/Suarez_2013_G76-84.pdf ]

Suarez, M. (2008) “El Papel de las Instituciones en el Cambio Económico de México”, in: Problemas del Desarrollo. Revista de Economía Latinoamericana, IIE-UNAM, Ciudad de México, vol. 39, núm. 154, Julio/Septiembre, p. 37-59, ISSN-0301-7036 [link: http://www.revistas.unam.mx/index.php/pde/article/view/7726 ]

Book chapters with peer review process

Suarez, M. (2014) “Movimiento de asimetrías en las redes. Nuevas formas de entender las relaciones científicas entre el Sur y Norte Global”, en Kreimer, P. et al., Perspectivas latinoamericanas en el estudio social de la ciencia, la tecnología y el conocimiento. S.XXI.

Suarez, M. (2014) “(Re)producing Asymmetries in Knowledge Networks. Lessons from Nanotechnology in Mexico”, en Fleischman, S., América Latina entre espacios: Redes, flujos e imaginarios globales, Tranvía, Berlin.

Book reviews with peer review process

Vallen, N. y M. Suarez (2014) "Imperio e información. Funciones del saber en el dominio colonial español", Madrid and Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 556p. Critical Reviews on Latin America Research 3 (2), Freie Universität Berlin, ISSN 2195-3481 [link: http://www.crolar.org/index.php/crolar/article/view/145/pdf_84 ]

Publications without peer review process

Dutrénit, G. & Suárez, M., 2015. Entre flujos de conocimiento, asimetrías y espacios de oportunidad: la ciencia, la tecnología y la innovación en América del Norte. In M. Guerra, ed. América del Norte: Retos y Oportunidades en el Siglo XXI. Ciudad de México: Senado de la República, pp. 177–204. [link: www.senado.gob.mx/comisiones/relext_an/docs/libro_america_norte.pdf ]

Suarez, M. y S. Garcia (2014) “Traducción de asimetrías en el conocimiento: reflexiones de Hebe Vessuri”, Entrevista para Critical Reviews on Latin America Research 3 (2). [link: http://www.crolar.org/index.php/crolar/article/view/163/html_69 ]

Ortiz, A et al. (2013) Una mirada a la ciencia, tecnología e innovación con perspectiva de género: Hacia un diseño de políticas públicas, Documento de trabajo, FCCyT. [link: www.foroconsultivo.org.mx/eventos_realizados/mirada_ciencia_tecnologia_e_innovacion/equidad_genero_documento.pdf ]

Dutrénit et al. (2014) “Diagnósticos Estatales de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación” de los 32 estados de la República Mexicana, FCCyT, México, D.F.

Suarez, M. (2013) “Espacios transnacionales de conocimiento a través de la formación de redes en nanotecnología”, Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, vol. 8, jun. 2013, Special Issue ALTEC 2011, p. 304-310. ISSN - 07182724 [link: http://www.jotmi.org/index.php/GT/article/view/1272/800 ]

Suarez, M. (2011) "Cambios Institucionales y espaciales en el procesos de internacionalización de la economía mexicana”, en Paola Alfaro, Walter A. Imilan, Lina M. Sánchez (Eds.): Lateinamerikanische Städte im Wandel. Zwischen lokaler Stadtgesellschaft und globalem Einfluss, Berlin, Münster: Lit, pp. 248, ISBN 978-3-643-11084-8 [link: http://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-643-11084-8 ]

Suarez, M. (2010) “Redes de innovación en la nanotecnología: evidencias del caso alemán”, en Salvador Estrada (coord.): Diversidad Cultural y Colaboración Socio Tecnológica, libro electrónico, ISBN. 13: 978-84-693-7163-3, Guanajuato, Guanajuato.

In preparation

Tsvetkova, A., Faggian, A., Schmutzler, J., Suarez, M (eds). Innovation in Developing and Transition Countries: Learning, Collaboration and Public Policy.

Suarez, Marcela, Colectivos sociales y cyborgs: hacia una lectura feminista de los drones.

Suarez, Marcela, Drones as a social technology?: Mexican counternarratives to their military deployment, en Tristan, S. et al. Project Drone: The Future of Global UAV Programmes, forthcoming.

Suarez Marcela, The power of small. Nanotechnology, Governance and Knowledge Networks in the Global South.