Defining and Classifying Infrastructural Contestation: Towards a Synergy Between Anthropology and Data Science

Christos Giovanopoulos*, Yannis Kallianos, Ioannis N. Athanasiadis, Dimitris Dalakoglou*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

211 Downloads (Pure)


The last decade infrastructure systems have been under strain around the globe. The 2008 financial crisis, the so-called fourth industrial revolution, ongoing urbanisation and climate change have contributed to the emergence of an infrastructural crisis that has been labelled as infrastructural gap. During this period, infrastructure systems have increasingly become sites of public contestation with significant effects on their operation and governance. At stake has been the issues of access to infrastructure, their social and environmental consequences and the ‘modern ideal’ embodied in the design of those socio-technical systems. With this paper we apply a cross-disciplinary methodology in order to document and define the practices of this new wave of infrastructural contestation, taking Greece in the 2008–2017 period as the case study. The synthesis of quantitative and qualitative datasets with ethnographic knowledge help us, furthermore, to record tendencies and patterns in the ongoing phenomenon of infrastructural contestation (This study is part of infra-demos project (, which is funded by a VIDI grant awarded by the Dutch Organisation of Science, PI: Prof. Dimitris Dalakoglou, Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Software Systems. Data Science in Action
Subtitle of host publication13th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium, ISESS 2020, Wageningen, The Netherlands, February 5–7, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsIoannis N. Athanasiadis, Steven P. Frysinger, Gerald Schimak, Willem Jan Knibbe
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030398156
ISBN (Print)9783030398149, 9783030398170
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer New York
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


  • Anthropology
  • Data sciences
  • Infrastructural contestation
  • Infrastructural gap


Dive into the research topics of 'Defining and Classifying Infrastructural Contestation: Towards a Synergy Between Anthropology and Data Science'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this