Digital Anthropology Fellows:
Our Digital Anthropology Fellows are scholars working in a variety of disciplines and places who are both part of our extended network and who spend time regularly at UCL. During this time they often hold research seminars and workshops for students.
- Prof Dominic Boyer, Cornell University
- Dr Stefana Broadbent
- Dr Lane DeNicola, Emory University
- Dr Heather Horst, Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT
- Dr Fernando Dominguez Rubio, University of California, San Diego
- Dr Antonia Walford, CRESC, The Open University
- Dr Marion Hamm, University of Graz
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 interested in issues of intellectual and cultural property and how digital technologies are reorganizing knowledge systems within museums. 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.
Hannah gained her PhD from the University of Manchester in 2003 and joins UCL from the ESRC Centre for Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester where she has worked since 2004. She is the co-editor of ‘Objects and Materials: A Routledge Companion’ (2013), and a monograph resulting from her work on road construction in Peru is due to be published with Cornell University Press in 2015.
Her research is concerned with understanding processes of social and political transformation through the ethnographic study of technical relations and expert practices. Over the years her work has moved from a focus on struggles over knowledge and expertise to incorporate the role that materials of different kinds play in shaping techno-political relations. She has conducted research with new media entrepreneurs and economic development practitioners in the UK, IT managers and digital modellers in global corporations, and road construction and design engineers in Peru. Most recently she has been studying the politics of energy and climate change in a project that has been following the pursuit of carbon reduction strategies by a network of scientists, activists and local authority officers in Manchester, UK.
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 (also in German), and with Dr. M Madianou of Cambridge University Migration and New Media: transnationalism and polymedia (Routledge Sept 2012), with Heather Horst the edited volume Digital Anthropology (Oxford: Berg, 2012 also in Chinese) and with Jolynna Sinanan Webcam, (Polity 2014). He is currently working within a team of nine anthropologists associated with this Centre for Digital Anthropology on a ERC funded grant to examine the use and consequences of social media in eight countries around the world. See the UCL-hosted project website and blog for further details. In February 2016 they plan to launch the results of this project on a site called Why We Post which will include at least eleven books, a hundred films, a free university course and a website in all the languages of their project.
Stefana Broadbent is the cofounder of Cleanweb an organisation that uses the web to address climate change, which operates IYWTO the most extensive existing platform of green digital services. Between 2014 and 2016 she was Head of Collective Intelligence at Nesta in London. Previously Stefana was a convener of the MSc. in Digital Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, and is a visiting Professor at the AA in London and the Department of Design Politecnico di Milano. She was in the strategy board of Swisscom where she led the Observatory of Digital Life until 2008. Stefana has a degree in Psychology from the University of Geneva and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh. Her recent publications include chapters in the The Onlife Manifesto (2015) and Digital Anthropology (2012) and her book Intimacy at Work (Routledge 2016)
Tom McDonald has a PhD in anthropology from UCL (2013). He has conducted long term ethnographic research in various parts of China. He is part of the Global Social Media Impact Study team and has been conducting research on aspects of internet and social media use in rural China, including issues such as the influence of ICT’s on family life, kinship, sharing, privacy, marriage and education.
Răzvan Nicolescu obtained his PhD from UCL in 2013. Trained both in telecommunication and anthropology, he conducted ethnographic work in different parts of Romania and in Southeast Italy. He is part of the Global Social Media Impact Study team and is interested in how people use new technologies in relation to issues of visibility, social position, feelings, and also ideology, political economy, and social change.
Juliano Spyer is a PhD student at UCL's Anthropology Department and is part of the Global Social Media Impact Study. He has conducted 16 months of field work in the Northeast of Brazil, at a working class dormitory neighborhood for low wage workers of the tourism industry. His main research interest is social mobility and the emergent middle classes. Previously he worked for 15 years developing and managing social media projects.