María Belén Albornoz is Professor-Researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Ecuador) where she has held positions as Dean of Communication Studies, and Deputy Director. Her current research concerns technology transfer models and public policy of science, technology and innovation. This includes comparative studies of STI policies in the Andean Region and a case study of technology transfer from South Korea to Ecuador. She received her PhD in Sociology from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo on a study of privacy and social media, which combined STS theory and law. In 2017 she was a Fulbright Scholar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Visiting Scholar at Aalborg University in Denmark, where she worked in theorizing imaginaries of innovation and policy network analysis.