I am a digital anthropologist
with research interest in the social impact of new technologies on political
economy, governance, informality, ideology, social and economic inequality,
social norms, consumption, and feelings. In a larger perspective, I work on the relation between science and society from both
epistemological and empirical perspectives. Trained both in Telecommunications
and Anthropology, I am Research
Associate at the Department of Anthropology at University College London as
part of the Why We Post research
project funded by the ERC. I am the author of Social Media in Southeast Italy: Crafting Ideals (2016, UCL Press)
and co-author of How the World Changed Social Media (2016, UCL Press). Since 2016 Razvan is the Editorial
Assistant of the Journal of Material
I am interested in the region of Europe, in particular the South and East of Europe and the Balkans.
PhD in Anthropology
University College London, Anthropology (2008-13)
MA in Material and Visual Culture (distinction)
University College London, Anthropology (2007-8)
MA in Anthropology and Social Development
National School for Administrative and Political Studies, Bucharest (2003-5)
MSc in New Systems for Telecommunications
University Polytechnic of Bucharest (1999-2000)
BSc in Telecommunications
University Polytechnic of Bucharest (1994-9)
2016. Social Media Use in Southeast Italy: Crafting Ideals. London: UCL Press. ISBN: 978-1-910634-73-8.
2016. with Daniel Miller et. al. How the World Changed Social Media. London: UCL Press. ISBN: 978-1-910634-48-6.
Articles and Book Chapters (Selected)
2016. with Tom McDonald and Jolynna Sinanan. 'Small Places Turned Inside-out: Social Networking in Small Communities.' In Genevieve Bell et al, eds., The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. London: Routledge, p. 89-101. ISBN: 978-1138940918.
2014. 'The Normativity of Boredom: Communication Media among Romanian Teenagers.' In Anne Line Dalsgård, Martin Demant Frederiksen, Susanne Højlund, and Lotte Meinert, eds., Time Objectified: Ethnographies of Youth and Temporality, pp. 139-152. Philadelphia (PA): Temple University Press. ISBN: 9781439910665.
2011. 'Material Culture as Ethnography: Value, Work and Modernity in Rural Romania.' In Studia Sociologia, 56(2): 123-35.
2011. 'Solid Houses and Distant Homes: The Morality of Domestic Space in Southeast Romania.' In Martor, The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant Anthropology Review, Vol. 16, pp: 69-79.
2010. 'Telefonul mobil. Adolescenţi mobilizaţi' (The Cell Phone. Mobilized Teenagers). In Vintilă Mihăilescu, ed., Etnografii urbane. Cotidianul văzut de aproape. ('Urban Ethnographies. Close-up to Everyday Life'), pp. 173-208. Iaşi: Polirom.ISBN: 978-973-46-1574-2.
Other Dissemination Work
2006. Co-author of 'Living Professions' (7') and 'Portrait'' (12'). Produced by University of Bucharest and The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant.
July 2016 - Present Research Associate, Department of Computing, Imperial College London.
Position is part of the technical lead of Harnessing Economic Value stream, PETRAS IoT Research Hub.
2012-2015 Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, University College London.
Position was part of the Why We Post Project funded by the European Research Council.
2013-16 Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University College London.
I lectured and taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level courses including: 'Introduction to Social Anthropology,' 'Researching the Social World,' 'The Anthropology of Social Media' "Anthropology of Media and Mass Consumption,' "Mass Consumption and Design.'
2008-15 Project based consultancy for Renault France, JKR, Y&R and YPN.
2015 UCL Octagon Small Grants Fund, UCL
2009-11 Graduate Research Scholarship, UCL
2008-9 Central Research Fund Grant, University of London
2008-9 Graduate Research Bursary in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, UCL
2007 Studentship, The Romanian Cultural Centre, UK