Associated researchers


Research Context


Research Interests

Design Anthropology | Speculative design | Digital ethnography | Experimental and collaborative ethnographic methods

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Biographical Note

Holds a PhD in social anthropology, awarded by the University of Manchester (2013). Her research addresses innovation cultures of practice in design and the relationships between those practices and knowledge making in anthropology. Previously, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at CES (Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra) in an STS research project focusing on digital scholarship and digital methods in academic practices. She also worked as an assistant lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Coimbra (2015-2019).

All projects

Data updated on 19-03-2023, from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE.


The importance of being digital. Exploring academic digital practices and digital methods. | A importância de ser digital. Explorar as práticas académicas digitais e os métodos digitais


Post-doc Fellow

Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Estudos Sociais

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Madeira life


Post-doc Fellow

Universidade da Madeira Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


'Where does the new come from?' An ethnography of design performances of 'the new


PhD Student Fellow

The University of Manchester

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


DEEPEN- Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies


Research Fellow

Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Estudos Sociais

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra


Science and Technology Management Fellow

Universidade de Coimbra Museu da Ciência

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Museu Nacional da Ciência e da Técnica


Museu Nacional da Ciência e da Téncnica Doutor Mário Silva

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

All Publications

Data updated on 19-03-2023 , from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE .

Journal article

The dramatization of practice in design education: (Un)learning by doing through participant observation

Gaspar, Andrea, Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education. 2022. Published

Book chapter

From ethnography to arto-ethnography

Gaspar, Andrea, The Auto-Ethnographic Turn in Design, L. Schouwenber and M. Keathler (eds.). Michael Kaethler; Louise Schouwenberg. Valiz. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2021. Published

Journal article

Between precarity and opportunity: an ethnography of 'flexible skills' in interaction design

Gaspar, Andrea, Journal of Peer Production . 105 - 119. 14. 2020. http://peerproduction.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Gaspar_Between-precarity-and-opportunity-an-ethnography-of-%E2%80%98flexible-skills%E2%80%99-in-interaction-design.pdf . Published

Journal article

Teaching Anthropology Speculatively

Gaspar, Andrea, 75 - 90. 2. 7. 2018. https://journals.openedition.org/cadernosaa/1687 . 10.4000/cadernosaa.1687 . Published

Online resource

How to build a(n anthropological) trap and fall into it? An attempt to design an 'epistemic love letters' infrastructure for pedagogic ends

Gaspar, Andrea, 2018. https://colleex.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/gaspar-epistemic-love-letters-open-format1.pdf .

Book chapter

Idiotic encounters: experimenting with collaborations between ethnography and design

Gaspar, Andrea, Estalella, Adolfo; Sánchez Criado, Tomás. Berghahn . Oxford, United Kingdom. 2018. Published

Journal article

Performing digital ways of knowing: epistemic walks with methods-as-prototypes

Carrozza, Chiara; Gaspar, Andrea, 58 - 76. 2. 12. 2017. http://gjss.org/12/02 . Published

Online resource

CLEENIK: A clinic for ethnographic experimentation syndromes - conference report

Estalella, Adolfo; Sánchez Criado, Tomás; Gaspar, Andrea, 2016. http://allegralaboratory.net/cleenik-a-clinic-for-ethnographic-experimentation-syndromes/ .


The Importance of Being Digital. Exploring digital scholaship and digital methods

Carrozza, Chiara; Gaspar, Andrea, 142. Universidade de Coimbra Centro de Estudos Sociais . 2015.

Online resource

How does the digital mediates social research? Reflections on the (technical) possibilities of the digital for (post) humanities

Gaspar, Andrea, 17-07-2014. https://bedigital.hypotheses.org/313 .

Thesis / Dissertation

'Where does the new come from?' An ethnography of design performances of 'the new'

Gaspar, Andrea, phd. The University of Manchester . 2013. https://www.escholar.manchester.ac.uk/uk-ac-man-scw:213959 .

Thesis / Dissertation

Heritage and Politics: Sousa Bastos Theater as an Object of Translation / Património e Política: o Teatro de Sousa Bastos como objecto de tradução

Gaspar, Andrea, master. Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Economia . 2006.

Thesis / Dissertation

Ecomuseum: a mirror of or for the community? Practices and politics of ecomuseological representations in Figueira da Foz / Ecomuseu: um espelho da ou para a comunidade? Práticas e políticas de representação ecomuseológicas na Figueira da Foz.

Gaspar, Andrea, degree. Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia . 2002.

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