Centre for Digital Anthropology

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Stefana Broadbent


Stefana Broadbent coordinates the MsC in Digital Anthropology .

Her research focuses on two main areas: the evolution of digital activities at home (information, leisure, communication and self expression) and the complex and highly automated work environments in aviation and process control. 

Dr. Broadbent is on the advisory board of the CNIL the French organisation for InfoSoc in Bruxelles

Dr. Broadbent has extensive experience working in the research departments of IT companies. She was responsible for the development of the User Observatory at Swisscom, she was in the Management Team of IconMedialab/LBi and ran CB&J, a research company specialized in human factors and user research..

Stefana holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh, and a degree in Psychology from the Univesité de Genève.

See Dr. Broadbent's TED Talk, "How the Internet Enables Intimacy," delivered in July, 2009 (requires the Adobe Flash Player plug-in), or listen to her speak on the BBC's Forum radio broadcast in August, 2009. 


Haidy Geismar


Haidy Geismar has a PhD in Anthropology and Material Culture from UCL (2003). She has long term fieldwork experience in both the South Pacific and within museums, in the Pacific, North America and Europe where she has worked both with South Pacific and with photography collections. She is particularly interest in the legal regimes and cultural frameworks through which culture is owned and has a book forthcoming from Duke University Press, which looks at the ways in which intellectual and cultural property regimes are articulated in the museums and cultural centres of Vanuatu and New Zealand. Recently she has been researching the digitization of cultural collections, the incorporation of indigenous protocols into museum databases and she is in the early stages of a book looking at new practices and forms of digital photography. Dr. Geismar is also founder and chief editor of the Material World blog and has worked extensively with digital tools to enhance teaching and research practices.


Daniel Miller


Miller has carried several research projects on the media which have resulted in publications including The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach (with D. Slater) Berg: Oxford 2000 and The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (with H Horst) Berg: Oxford 2006, Tales from Facebook Polity 2011, and with Dr. M Madianou of Cambridge University Migration and New Media: transnationalism and polymedia (Routledge Sept 2011). He is currently working on the impact of social networking and webcam on transnational relationships and within Trinidad. Beginning in 2012 he will lead a team of researchers (funded via a £2.1 million ERC grant) in a major cross-cultural study of social networking spanning seven countries and five years. See the UCL-hosted project website and blog for further details.
See Prof. Miller's discussion of his just-released Tales from Facebook (on YouTube and Vimeo).



Elisabetta Costa


Tom Macdonald


Razvan Nicolescu


Jolynna Sinanen


Juliano Spyer


Shriram Venkatraman

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