Dr Juan Manuel Del Nido


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I am a Social Anthropologist and Economist working in the politics of new technologies. My particular interests are social and cultural conflicts around the arrival and adoption of new technologies, economic and political reasoning animating these conflicts and the disruption of the categories of social life. At the moment I am an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.

Based on my year of doctoral fieldwork in Buenos Aires, Argentina, my manuscript Taxis vs. Uber: Post-Political Reasoning among Argentines is currently under contract with Stanford University Press. My work into the taxi industry and the Uber conflict in Buenos Aires has also been published by the Anthropology of Work Review and Hipertextos: Capitalismo en Debate.

My research was also awarded 4 student essay prizes (the American Ethnological Society's Elsie Clews Parsons and the Society for the Anthropology of Work Eric Wolf's Prize, in the US; the Royal Anthropological Institute's Arthur Maurice Hocart Prize and the Society for Latin American Studies' Harold Blakemore Prize in the UK) as well as the Royal Anthropological Society's Sutasoma Award for Research of Outstanding Merit. It has also been promoted by the Argentine Council of Foreign Relations, published by the Argentine Congress, national media in Argentina as well as the UK's The Conversation.

Aside from scholarships and awards listed elsewhere on this profile, I was also awarded:

2019       Visiting Professor Grant, Universidad del CEMA, Buenos Aires (US$ 600)

2018       Small Academic Expenses Grant, Royal Economic Society (£450)

2018       Visiting Professor Grant, Universidad del CEMA, Buenos Aires (US$ 600)           

2017       Visiting Professor Grant, Universidad del CEMA, Buenos Aires (US$ 600)

2015       Fieldwork Fund Grant, University of Manchester (£3,000)

2014       Baltic Social Anthropology Scheme Grant, Economic and Social Research Council in association with the North Western Doctoral Training Centre (£1,150)

2014/17 President’s Doctoral Scholarship, University of Manchester (£ 13,500 p/a)

2011       Santander Masters Scholarship, Santander Bank (£5,000)

External positions

Political and Economic Consultant, C&A Asociados

Oct 2012Aug 2014

Researcher, Chewing Monkey Film and TV productions


Areas of expertise


  • technical politics, post-political, economic reasoning, social thought, Neoclassical Economics, sharing economies

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2012 - Master of Science, MSc in Social Anthropology (Distinction), University of Edinburgh (2011 - 2012)
  • 2009 - Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Economics (Hons), Universidad del CEMA (2005 - 2009)

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