Antonio Gamba Bari

Contact Information
antonio [dot] gambabariatmail [dot] utoronto [dot] ca
RB 7020
PhD Candidate (2010)

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, 2010-(ongoing)
Master of Information Studies, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, 2010
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, Pontificia Javeriana University, Bogotá, Colombia, 2003

Past responsibilities: 

2012-2013: Doctoral Student's Association (DSA) - Information Services Committee representative
2013-2014: Doctoral Student's Association (DSA) - Web Committee representative


My research is grounded in the intersection between Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), Actor Network Theory (ANT), cognitive science, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) towards a better understanding of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) initiatives and Maker movements as emergent literacy practices. My doctoral studies and professional work focus on exploring how the use of DIY microelectronics constitute innovative forms for literacy, as they entail new forms for collecting, interpreting, sharing, and negotiating information. I am particularly interested on how DIY practices are allowing people to engage creatively, critically, and responsibly in the construction of new forms of evidence, collaboration, and re-negotiations of meaning in everyday life.

Honours & awards: 

2010-2015 - University of Toronto Doctoral Fellowship (International Student)

Research description: 
  • Socio-technical literacy
  • DIY microelectronics for environmental and self-personal sensing
  • DIY microelectronics in the classrooms

Areas of interest: Actor Network Theory (ANT); Human Computer Interaction (HCI); Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW); Educational technology; Participatory and Inclusive Design; Critical Making


Dr. Matt Ratto (Supervisor), Dr. Leslie Shade, Dr. Costis Dallas

Affiliations & collaboration: 

Semaphore Lab -
Critical Making Lab -
Encore Lab -

Year joined the iSchool: