Tomás Criado is Senior Researcher at the Chair of Urban Anthropology and Director of the Stadtlabor of Multimodal Anthropology of the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin.
Working at the crossroads of Anthropology and STS, he has developed a particular concern around how bodily diversity – paying special attention to disabled and older people – comes to matter in the knowledge, material and care politics of participatory city-making.
He is currently working on a book project on these topics, drawing from ethnographic and archival materials from the city of Barcelona – notably from his work as a member of the En torno a la silla collective and undertaking research on the Municipal Institute of People with Disabilities– as well as his experiments in architectural design studio projects in Germany, tentatively titled An Uncommon City: Bodily Diversity and the Activation of Possible Urbanisms.
In his work he has also been experimenting with different forms of public engagement, ethnography and pedagogy.
He has recently co-edited Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography through Fieldwork Devices (Berghahn, 2018, with Adolfo Estalella) and Re-learning design. Pedagogic experiments with STS in design studio courses (DISEÑA, 2018, with Ignacio Farías).