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Elisabetta Costa

Elisabetta Costa is Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA). She is an anthropologist specialising in the study of digital media, social media, journalism, politics, and gender in Turkey and the Middle East.

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Nell Haynes

Nell Haynes is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the American University in 2013. Her research addresses themes of performance, authenticity, globalisation, and gendered and ethnic identification in Bolivia and Chile.

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Tom Mcdonald

Tom McDonald is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong. He received his PhD in Anthropology from UCL in 2013 and has published numerous academic articles on internet use and consumption practices in China.

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Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller is Professor of Anthropology at UCL and author/editor of 37 books including 'Tales from Facebook', 'Digital Anthropology' (ed. with H. Horst), 'The Internet: an Ethnographic Approach' (with D. Slater), 'Webcam' (with J. Sinanan), 'The Comfort of Things', 'A Theory of Shopping', and 'Stuff'.

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Razvan Nicolescu

Razvan Nicolescu is a Research Associate at University College London, from where he obtained his PhD in 2013. Trained both in telecommunications and anthropology, he has conducted ethnographic research in Romania and Italy. His research interests focus on visibility and digital anthropology; political economy, governance, and informality; feelings, subjectivity, and normativity.

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Jolynna Sinanan

Jolynna Sinanan is a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). From 2011-2014, she was a Research Fellow in Anthropology at UCL. Co-author (with D. Miller) of 'Webcam'. Her areas of research are digital ethnography, new media, migration and gender in Trinidad, Australia, and Singapore.

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Juliano Spyer

Juliano Spyer is pursuing his PhD at the Deptartment of Anthropology, UCL. He obtained his MSc from UCL’s Digital Anthropology programme. He wrote the first book about social media in Brazil, 'Conectado' (Zahar, 2007), and was digital adviser for the presidential candidate Marina Silva in 2010. He is originally trained as an oral history researcher.

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Shriram Venkatraman

Shriram Venkatraman is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology, University College London. He is also a trained professional statistician and prior to his doctoral studies at UCL, held leadership positions at Walmart, USA. His research interests include technologies in work places, organisational culture, and entrepreneurship.

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Xinyuan Wang

Xinyuan Wang, is a PhD candidate at the Deptartment of Anthropology, University College London. She obtained her MSc from UCL’s Digital Anthropology programme. She is an artist in Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy. She translated 'Digital Anthropology' (ed. Horst and Miller) into Chinese and contributed a piece on digital anthropology in China.

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Laura Haapio-Kirk

Laura is a research assistant and project manager at the department of Anthropology, UCL. She has a masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Oxford and is also an illustrator.




Honorary fellows

Cassie Quarlass - Film-maker

Sheba Mohammid - Research Fellow

Dylan Kerrigan  - Lecturer in Anthropology and Political Sociology at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, Trinidad.

Kala Shreen is the Chairperson of the Centre for Creativity, Heritage and Development, Chennai, India.  She is also the Director of Cultural Dynamics and Emotions Network at School of History and Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

Nimmi Rangaswamy is currently adjunct professor, Dept. of liberal arts, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. 

Vincent Xiaoguang Qi is the Head of Open Enrolment Executive Education and Associate Professor in International Business School Suzhou at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.