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If you want to understand how social scientists’ study human behaviour, how industry innovates or want to know more about how they can successfully work together and enhance each other, then you have come to the right place! Join our hosts as they engage with anthropologists, other researchers and industry specialists from all over the world. The discussions will be about their specific work in understanding people and how they apply that understanding to advance industry, scholarship and/or ...
 
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Parenting a child that has a disability had its challenges pre-COVID [19] , but parenting the same child during a pandemic is a whole other ball game. We spent some time talking to Lana, mom of an adorable little boy with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). Lana talks us through what SMA is, how her son has been affected, how the COVID-19 pandemic has i…
 
Children are like sponges and internalize everything they see which puts a unique power in the hands of us as parents. We are given the opportunity to shape our children to be the contributing members of society that we want them to be. We share our thoughts and beliefs on having discussions and arguments with partners in front of kids, apologizing…
 
SLEEP SOLVED! Part two of our conversation with Shazli Kojak, Sleep Consultant. Shazli covers the most pressing questions about naps - readiness cues for dropping a nap, cat naps solved, how naps affect nighttime sleep, and even some tips you didn't know you needed to hear! As her specialty is in infant and toddler sleep, we take the opportunity to…
 
Karen Boswall is a filmmaker, ethnomusicologist, and visual anthropologist. Her audio-visual output includes individually authored and collaborative productions carried out in Nicaragua (1984), the United Kingdom (1986), Iraq (1993), Cuba (1995), Mozambique (1997-2018), Jordan (2014), Nepal (2016), and Brazil (2019).Between 1990 and 2007, she lived…
 
Sleep is such a hot topic on our podcast - it drives many of our conversations. Neither of our little ones have the skills to fall asleep independently just yet. Our special guest, Shazli, a certified sleep consultant from Sleep My Little One , shares some very insightful information on how to navigate sleep training. From wake windows, to the gent…
 
In today’s episode hosted by Tiffany, Sawyer shares his experience as a UX researcher working in Thailand and applying anthropological frameworks and practices for design and innovation projects. Digital technology is a new reality for both the researcher and the research participant, so how does it affect the research process and what to keep in m…
 
In a world where we are so overloaded with technology everywhere we look, as parents we are faced with a tricky challenge to solve - how much technology exposure is too much? As new parents, there are many things to consider and many opinions to navigate when it comes to kids and tech. We discuss our thoughts and opinions on technology as they curr…
 
We are excited to have Tiffany hosting the episode today and sharing her experience of conducting ethnography outside of academia in the Asian context together with Nicholas and Oshin. As a colonial discipline in its origins, anthropology inevitably carries the Western gaze, something of which to be cautious in the day-to-day research. Is there a n…
 
TRIGGER WARNING The latest data indicates miscarriages happen to every 1:4 couples. While it is a prevalent issue that plagues many that are trying to conceive, all too often we keep quiet about it and deal with it together as a couple but alone. We are joined by a special guest that has endured multiple miscarriages. She so bravely shares her stor…
 
Often times things that we expect to happen don't always pan out that way. Having a baby at the hospital is no different. Delivering a baby is romanticized in movies and tv shows, but we get into some nitty gritty details Hollywood doesn't tell you about. Covid-19 has definitely made some of our plans and expectations pivot in a completely differen…
 
By happenstance, both of us are in mixed marriages - we are of different heritage from our husbands. Living in Canada provides an amazing opportunity to meet people of all walks of life but when you make that person your partner, it tends to come with some very important negotiations and compromises. We discuss how we've navigated such crucial topi…
 
In today’s episode we explore Jennifer’s multiple and equally strong yet seemingly unrelated careers. We ask how she balances the different skills needed and how she makes spaces for them inside herself? As a soprano, Jennifer is used to being in the spotlight, so we are curious how she manages to equally embrace the role of the silent observer. Be…
 
Being a mom isn't always about perfect Instagram posts and having it all together all the time. Having children changes absolutely everything and that can be difficult to navigate for even the most adaptable individuals. For some, hormones have wreaked havoc on their bodies and manifested into such things at Post Partum Depression, Anxiety, and Int…
 
Being a mom consumes so much of our lives and adult conversations. Uniquely, being a pandemic mom is such an isolating time which means 99.9999% of our conversations are all about our children. Because maintaining our identity as women is so important for our well-being, we thought we'd break this cycle (even for a moment) and chat about who we wer…
 
Wendy is a researcher in the field of design anthropology whose written work, research and design practices have contributed to the foundation of what we now perceive as design anthropology. She holds an MA and a PhD in Social Anthropology both at the University of Manchester. She taught at architecture department at the University of Strathclyde i…
 
Even though they are tiny, babies need a lot of things and the number of options can be overwhelming. If you have a new babe on the way, we have jam packed this episode full of must-have items that are super useful for you and baby What are some items you could not live without? Let us know on our Instagram page! .https://www.instagram.com/momlifet…
 
We discuss everything you need to know about caring for yourself postpartum, what you can expect with healing, things you may not have known, and share some tips and tricks we've learned along the way! Whether you are planning on a vaginal birth or a c-section, you will find information in this episode very useful as we chat about both from a perso…
 
Mikko Koria; a curious person who wears many hats: about design, interdisciplinarity and ways to reach joint meanings. Mikko Koria is; the Professor in Design Innovation and the Director of the Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University London, and Visiting Professor at Aalto University, Finland. He holds degrees in Architecture fro…
 
Most of us have 9 months to prepare for baby by doing a bunch of research, getting all of the baby clothes washed and hung, and even taking those cute bump selfies to have memories to look back on. As our time approached, we were still left with so many questions. This episode is your one-stop-shop for all the things you might be wondering about on…
 
As moms, especially new moms, it gets tricky navigating the best way to use each day to the fullest. Siao and Ina share what their typical day looks like … one thrives off of routine while the other is trying a less rigid approach. Can you guess who is who? From keeping the home from falling apart, to dinner duty, to taking care of baby, listen to …
 
Simone Abram is a professor of anthropology at Durham University where she is also a Director of the Durham Energy Institute, and is the current Chair of the Association of Social Anthropologists in the UK. She holds a BSc/MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, an MSt and DPhil in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Simone’s research projects…
 
Siao and Ina believe that fed truly is best, but both happen to be on a breastfeeding journey. This week they share everything they've learned so far about breastfeeding; from tips on how to get through the initial pain of feeding to all the magical benefits of breastmilk. If you've ever been curious about what breastfeeding is like or are on the j…
 
In today’s episode, we reflect on the concepts of community and fellowship in the world of those practicing anthropology. We ask Mary and Elizabeth about the relationship that they have with their discipline and the community of practitioners within it. What do they feel they need from colleagues, critics and journals – all of which form the axis o…
 
Today we are talking to Annemiek about her experience with multidisciplinary. How did it happen that a designer with an engineering background started weaving anthropological perspectives into her approach to design? What ignited her turn towards a culture sensitive design? What does it take to design for a diverse society?. She also elaborates on …
 
Mary L. Gray is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research as well as an E.J. Safra Center for Ethics Fellow and Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Faculty Affiliate at Harvard University. Mary also maintains a faculty position in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with affiliations in Anthropology and Gender …
 
Lisa Talia Moretti is an award-winning digital sociologist, strategist and tech ethics activist based in London. She currently holds the position of Head Of User Research at Methods. For more than a decade, she’s studied and written about the relationship between technology, information and society. Lisa is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths (Univ…
 
Rachel O’Dwyer is a lecturer in Digital Cultures in the School of Visual Culture in the National College of Art & Design, (NCAD) Dublin. Among other things she coordinates modules on Economies of Culture and Digital Cultures and teach electives on topics such as Art and Money, Tactical Media and the Politics of Algorithms and Networks. She is forme…
 
Nani Jansen Reventlow is a human rights lawyer who specializes in freedom of expression and strategic litigation. She is also the founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund, which supports partners in Europe to advance digital rights through strategic litigation. Nani is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, Adjunct Professor at Oxford Unive…
 
Rasmus Thomsen is Partner and Design Director of IS IT A BIRD - a strategic innovation agency that combines methods from social science, behavioral economics and design thinking. Rasmus has a foot in both social science and design. He is an innovation geek, with a mind tuned to design thinking. He works at the forefront of development, with a criti…
 
Dan Wu is a Privacy Counsel & Legal Engineer at Immuta, an automated data governance platform for analytics. He’s advocated for data ethics, inclusive urban innovation, and diversity in TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. He's helped Fortune 500 companies, governments, and startups with ethical & agile data strategies. Dan obtain…
 
Susan Halford is Professor of Sociology and co-Director of Bristol University’s new Digital Futures Institute, which aims to use social science expertise and methods to analyse and understand digital technology futures in the making and use insights to help shape these futures in a way that is fair, just and prosperous for all. A Geographer by trai…
 
Sarita Fae Jarmack is an anthropologist currently exploring the politics of access, expression, and knowledge within the postcolonial art scene of South Africa for her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. We are talking to Sarita about the making of her PhD and get a glimpse into all the processes that happen on the way, which as she herself admits,…
 
In today’s episode, Laura leads the discussion with a number of questions for Kadija about AI, machine learning, ethical decisions, fair health and the complexities that underline it all. Kadija’s research tackles health disparities through data and aims to make it is more inclusive and ethical. As Laura points out, data is easy to interrogate but …
 
Chui Chui Tan is a cultural expert with more than 15 years of experience in UX (user experience). Her experiences range from defining business strategies to building a UX team within the organisation to implementation (research and design) and continuous consultancy support as well as training and coaching. She graduated from mechanical industrial …
 
Diana Finch has been Managing Director of Bristol Pound since July 2018. Prior to that, she spent most of the last 20 years working in senior leadership positions in the non-profit sector, in areas including the environment, adult social care and psychotherapy training. Her earlier career was in accounts management and accounting systems design. Sh…
 
The Anthropology + Technology Conference brings together 22 leading international experts from the social sciences and technology to champion and promote the benefits of responsible AI, and to highlight the value that the social sciences bring to tech and business. There are three streams for 2020: smart cities, fintech, and health tech. Our 2020 k…
 
[ Notice: This episode is in Portuguese. As a way of letting the interviewees express themselves fully and also to amplify the access to Brazilians, this session was recorded in the interviewee’s native language. Thus, Andrea Rozenbaum, a Brazilian anthropologist, is also joining us in this episode as a co-host. A transcript of the episode in Engli…
 
[Notice: This episode is in Portuguese. As a way of letting the interviewees express themselves fully and also to amplify the access to Brazilians, this session was recorded in the interviewee’s native language. Thus, Andrea Rozenbaum, a Brazilian anthropologist, is also joining us in this episode as a co-host. A transcript of the episode in Englis…
 
Jamie Gordon is a social scientist and consultant whose body of work includes a couple of decades worth of insights and strategies that have been put into action by a global community of brands, corporations and the agencies that serve them. With a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.A. in Applied Sociology both from the University of Central Florida, Jam…
 
EN El Laboratorio de Antropología Abierta (The Open Anthropology Lab) or LAAB is a non-profit organization for the popularization of anthropological knowledge beyond academia. Founded in 2018 by Giselle Figueroa De la Ossa, who after receiving her MSc in Anthropology from The London School of Economics returned back home to Colombia and decided to …
 
In today’s episode we explore together with Simon the topic of designing applied anthropology courses and industry/academia collaboration. What are the challenges when designing such courses? How does Simon avoid dilemmas an anthropologist might face working with the corporate world and what methods and principles does he embrace to ensure that all…
 
Gary Sigley is a scholar of global studies with China as primary focus. His research focuses on cultural and social transformation in a rapidly changing China, with an emphasis at present on China's southwest region (Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Guangxi). He approaches the study of China informed by the knowledge and practice of history, philosophy…
 
Laura Vardoulakis a human-computer interaction researcher, passionate about technologies that help people live happier, healthier lives and currently leads User Experience Research for Google Health. She holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Northeastern University, where she later received her PhD in Computer Science on Human-Computer…
 
Kay Firth-Butterfield is the Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum. Prior to taking this position she was Executive Director of AI-Global and led the Ethics Advisory Panel of Lucid.ai. Kay has advanced degrees in Law and International Relations and has worked for the past three decades as a barrister, medi…
 
Marc co-founded the Innovation Office in San Francisco government’s social services agency. He gets to lead an internal team that does service design, systems design, visual design and design research. They serve as internal consultants, co-creating digital and non-digital service experiences in the pubic sector. He received the Edmund Hillary Fell…
 
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