Julieta Arancio is a postdoctoral researcher working with Associate Professor Gwen Ottinger at the Drexel University Center for Science, Technology and Society. Within the field of Science and Technology Studies, Arancio’s research is concerned with the role that grassroots innovation movements play in the transition towards more democratic science, technology and innovation systems, particularly in the Global South.
Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, her current project seeks to understand and produce policy recommendations on how open hardware (OH) can transform knowledge production in academia, by analyzing a transnational OH initiative: the OpenFlexure microscope.
Arancio is part of the Global Open Science Hardware movement and co-founded the Free/Libre technologies network in Latin America for science and education (reGOSH). The network connects activists, educators, researchers and practitioners, supporting advocacy for open technologies in the region. Arancio’s interest in lowering barriers for open technologies also led her to co-found Open Hardware Makers, a mentorship program for newcomers to the field.