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Oscar Javier Maldonado Casteñada



I am a sociologist working primarily in science and technology studies and medical sociology. Currently my research interest is to understand the intersections between governance and quantification in healthcare using the analytical resources provided by material semiotics, feminist technoscience, anthropology of markets and the political sociology of science. I have research experience in social science perspectives on medicine, global health, expertise and contemporary healthcare governance. I have analyzed the adaptation of evidence based medicine and health economics in international vaccination policies, particularly in middle-income countries. I have studied the role of practices of quantification in the governance of healthcare and in the production of objects for policy, using as case study the introduction of HPV vaccines in Colombia. Additionally I have investigated about the ways in which medical and scientific knowledge and expertise are translated in legal settings, especially in High Courts. I have published (in Spanish) about the use of amici curiae—in the debate about the partial legalization of the abortion in Colombia—as a legal mechanism used by interest groups in order to mobilize technical ‘evidence’ to High Courts.

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring transformations in contemporary healthcare governance in relation to the intersections between evidence based medicine and health economics. In particular I would like to trace the development of strategies of quantification of human life and health, addressing the conflicts that such orderings produce and their political and ethical implications.

Keywords: Areas of interest:

Science and technology studies, medical sociology, economic sociology, global health and interpretative policy analysis

Currens projects

In parallel I have professional experience as consultant in science and technology policy and in public engagement with science and technology. I have worked with the Colombian Government (Colciencias) in the design of a national policy for science and society, and with the firm Oportunidad Estratégica in the production of a research policy for Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, one of the biggest public universities in Colombia. I have teaching experience in sociological theory and in science and technology studies. I have been teaching assistant in the department of Sociology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Currently I am part of the project: Healthy and Pharmaceutical Subjectivities funded by the ERC (European Research Council).


2014.    “Cortes, expertos y grupos de interés: Movilización y localización del conocimiento experto en la sentencia C 355 de 2006” en: Universitas Humanistica, Vol 77(2014) No 77.


2013.    (with Gill, Natalie) Review: Wiebe E. Bijker, Thomas P. Hughes and Trevor Pinch, eds: The Social Construction of Technological Systems. 2nd edition. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, 2012. 425 pages. Sergio Sismondo: An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. 2nd edition. Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester, West-Sussex, 2010. 244 pages. In: Science & Technology Studies, Vol. 26 (2013) No. 2, 101-104


2011.    “Conocimiento y políticas de lo público. Una contribución a la definición de la apropiación social del conocimiento desde el campo de la política pública” en: Ciencia, Tecnología y Democracia. Reflexiones en torno a la Apropiación social del conocimiento. Medellín: EAFIT-COLCIENCIAS.


2011.    (with De Greiff, Alexis) "Apropiación fuerte" del conocimiento: una propuesta para construir políticas inclusivas de ciencia, tecnología e innovación en América Latina. Estudio social de la ciencia y la tecnología desde América Latina. Bogotá: Siglo del Hombre Editores.


2010.    (with Lozano, Marcela) Estrategia Nacional de Apropiación social de la ciencia, la tecnología y la innovación. Bogotá: Colciencias.






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Department of Thematic Studies -
Technology and Social Change
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping

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Technology and Social Change is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on how social actors create and use technology, and how technical change is woven together with cultural patterns, daily life, politics, energy systems, learning, and the economy in history and society.

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The objective for Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society.

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