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Anthropology in the Professional World Seminar Series

The seminars will be held on Wednesdays at Daryll Forde Seminar Room from 6.00pm. All welcome.

Autumn 2015

14th October - Dawn Nafus, Intel
Traversing: Doing Anthropology Inside and Outside Markets

Dawn Nafus is a senior research scientist at Intel Labs, where she conducts anthropological research to inspire new products and services. She has published widely on experiences of time, gender and technology, ethnography in industry, and most recently, quantification. She co-leads the Data Sense project, which created data processing and visualization tools for nonexpert use ( She is the editor of Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life (MIT Press) co-author of The Quantified Self (MIT Press 2016) with Gina Neff.

4th November - Jim Mott, Bamm London
Smile Don't Smile: From the field to the cutting room floor

Jim is an Associate Director at BAMM London, a collective of photojournalists, videographers, strategists and researchers. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork across the world for some of the worlds biggest brands in technology, automotive, finance and FMCG. Jim is a regular speaker at research industry events, most recently he has spoken on Material Culture at the AQR annual conference and on the Material Culture of luxury at the MRS luxury conference. 

18th November - Dr Barbara Hendrie, DFID, Deputy Director Global Partnerships
An anthropologist's journey from UCL to Ethiopia, to Number 10, Iraq, the UN, and back again

Dr Barbara Hendrie, OBE, is a social anthropologist with 25 years’ experience of humanitarian and development policy and operations. She joined DFID in 1999 and since then has led DFID’s work on Poverty Reduction Strategies in Africa, Security and Development, Drivers of Change, Combatting Extremism and Radicalism through social inclusion, and Emerging Powers. Dr Hendrie led the UK reconstruction programme in Iraq during 2006 to 2008, including a year based in Baghdad. She was DFID’s Chief Social Development Adviser from 2005 to 2006; most recently she was on secondment to the FCO from 2009 to 2013, as Counsellor for Development and Human Rights at the UK Mission to the UN.  She is currently Deputy Director of DFID’s Global Partnerships Department. Prior to DFID, Dr Hendrie managed humanitarian programmes in the Horn of Africa, and carried out extensive social research on famine, refugees, the international politics of complex political emergencies, and land reform. She spent several years living in a northern Ethiopian village, and has travelled extensively in conflict zones of Africa, including ‘behind the lines’ with guerrilla movements. Dr Hendrie also spent two years as an Assistant Lecturer at University College London Department of Anthropology.

9th December - Helle Thorsen and Christine Saab, Ipsos Mori
Anthropology and the Ethnography Centre of Excellence at IPSOS

Christine is an applied video anthropologist in the Ethnography Centre of Excellence at Ipsos. She has a background in social anthropology, anthropology of Japan and anthropology of the Middle East.

Helle is an anthropologist in the Ethnography Centre of Excellence at Ipsos. She has a background in social and cultural anthropology and business anthropology, and has worked in Sri Lanka, Kenya and across Europe.

Organisers: Hannah Knox, Adam Drazin and Ruth Mandel

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