Yannis Fotopoulos

Post-doctoral researcher

Yannis is a Postdoc researcher at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in the History and Philosophy of Science. Yannis holds an M.Sc. in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (NKUA/NTUA) and he is specializing in that particular field of Social Sciences that highlights the Social Shaping of Science and Technology. Concurrently, he completed a European multidisciplinary postgraduate programme (MA) on Science-Technology Studies (ESST). His project focuses on the transition of technological infrastructures in Greece. He is particularly interested in (i)the co-coproduction of technical choices within a framework of technological competition and of visions related to state development policies and transnational pressures; (ii)the role of technical communities in the appropriation of technical arrangements and in the construction of the credibility of a technology, in the design of a network. His Ph.D. research project on “Critical techno-scientific network in Greece” was funded by The Tokyo Foundation and by The Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation. Yannis is an experienced researcher with over 5 years of research hexperience in the history and sociology of sociotechnical networks and infrastructures. For the years 2022- 2023, he worked in the research project Configuring Environment and Food: Critical Techno-scientific Network and the Agri-food Sector in Greece, 1950-2017 (CON-EF).

The primary objective of CON-EF was to present a policy analysis of the Greek agri-food industry that takes into account historical context. This analysis aimed to uncover the influences of past events, the interplay between social and technological factors, and the potential paths that can address the current challenges faced by the Greek agri-food sector. CON-EF offered comprehensive insights to public and private decision makers in agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, and food sectors regarding the intricate relationships between social and technological factors. It also provided a thorough understanding of the interconnectedness between the energy system and the agri-food industry, as well as a deep comprehension of the various stages, resources, and networks involved in the innovation process.