Ivan Tchalakov

The University of Plovdiv and The Center Science Technology Innovation


Ivan Tchalakov is Professor at Department of Institutional and Applied Sociology, University of Plovdiv, and senior research fellow at Center for Policy Analyses and Studies of Technologies (PAST), Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russian Federation. He is also affiliated at BAS Institute of Studying Societies and Knowledge.

Ivan Tchalakov is working in the fields of Sociology of Sciences and Technologies, History of Technology, and Economics of Technical Change.

He got M.A. in Sociology at University of Sofia (1984) and PhD at Institute of Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1988). He specialized Science and Technology Dynamics Program at University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He had several DAAD fellowships (1994, 1998 and 2003) collaborating with prof. Karin Knorr-Cetina in ethnographic studies of scientific and engineering practice in optical labs in Bulgaria and Germany. In these studies he developed the notion of heterogeneous micro-community, constituted on the relationships of passivity and responsibility between human and nonhuman actors. He also explored the Aristotle’s theory of human action and its relevance for understanding scientific and engineering practice. Recently he studies amateurs in science and introduced the notion of enduring science as opposite to entrepreneurial science as favourite subject of actor-network theory.

He has carried out several large EU and USA funded projects in the field, among them TACTIC, PROKNOW and ATACD projects under EU Framework IV and VI programs, Bulgaria after Wassenaar Agreement (McArthur Foundation), EE Economic Transition Policy Revisited: Neo-Schumpeterian Model (CPS – Central European University), Networks of Transition (Open Society Foundation), Technologies and the Economic Transition in Eastern Europe (NATO France), Goes Critical EUROCRIT(European Science Foundation), Electric Current’s Power (RiskMonitor Foundation), New Space Entrepreneurship and the Legacy of Internet Revolution (Fulbright, USA).

Relevant Publications

Kapriev, G., M. Roussel and I. Tchalakov (Eds.) (2014) - Le Sujet de l’Acteur. An Anthropological Outlook on Actor-Network Theory, MORPHOMATA Volume 21, Wilhelm Fink Publishers, Germany
Nukula, J. and Ivan Tchalakov (2013) Innovations and Entrepreneurs in Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Tchalakov, I. (2015) Invited Editor of the Special Volume of International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation “New Space Entrepreneurship and Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) as Challenges to Actor-Network Theory”, Volume 7, Issue 1
Tchalakov, I. (2015) The New Space Entrepreneurship and Its Techno-Economic Networks, in: International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation (IJANTTI), Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.43-63
Tchalakov, I. and Juan Rogers (2014) Computer Networks as the Embodiment of Social Networks: The Role of National Scientific Communities in the Development of Internet in the U.S. and Bulgaria, in: International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation, (IJANTTI) 6(4), September 2014
Tchalakov, I., T. Mitev, and Ivaylo Hristov (2013) Bulgarian Power Relations: The Making of a Balkan Power Hub, in: Per Högselius, A. Hommels, A. Kaijser, E. van der Vleuten (eds),The Making of Europe's Critical Infrastructure: Common Connections and Shared Vulnerabilities, Palgrave-MacMillan, London
Tchalakov, I (2005) - The History of Holographic Optical Storage at The Both Sides of The Iron Curtain - 1969-1989, ICON - The Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology, vol.11