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Innovation through Social Science
Have you ever wondered whether technology and/or the people that engage and/or work with it are “evil”? Or pondered how social scientists study human behaviour and how they can – through their applied work – enhance design and/or innovation?

In the following podcasts we ask social scientists and practitioners from all over the world to consider the same question:

“What is the nature of people’s relationship to communicative and interactive technology? What is the role ethics, power, agency and trust play in the making and performance of that relationship?”

Through industry perspective pieces, we also explore the businesses that influence that relationship through product design and/or innovation and consider the role social science plays in supporting their work.

Join us on this journey! 

Tricia Bruce, PHD, sociologist and affiliate of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society: On technology, Twitter, responsibility, social movements & social change – The Human Show Podcast 64

Tricia Bruce, PHD, sociologist and affiliate of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society: On technology, Twitter, responsibility, social movements & social change – The Human Show Podcast 64

              Tricia Bruce, PHD is a sociologist and affiliate of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society. Her work intersects the sociological and cultural implications of religion, social change,...

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Mireille Hildebrandt, a lawyer, philosopher and professor at Radboud Universiteit & Vrije Universiteit Brussels explores the functioning of the law and ethics within cyberspace – The Human Show Podcast 63

Mireille Hildebrandt, a lawyer, philosopher and professor at Radboud Universiteit & Vrije Universiteit Brussels explores the functioning of the law and ethics within cyberspace – The Human Show Podcast 63

      Mireille Hildebrandt, a Professor of ‘Interfacing Law and Technology’ at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, of ‘ICT and the Rule of Law’ at Radboud University (the Netherlands), is a lawyer and philosopher whose main research is concerned with the...

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Mike Youngblood: Design Ethnographer and Cultural Strategist: applied anthropologist finding new ways to address social problems & prevent negative consequences of design – The Human Show 60

Mike Youngblood: Design Ethnographer and Cultural Strategist: applied anthropologist finding new ways to address social problems & prevent negative consequences of design – The Human Show 60

      This conference brings together design researchers from various backgrounds (including anthropology) from around the world to explore how best to contribute to real and meaningful change in organisations, in economies and within societies. The...

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Sarah Pink, Professor of Design & Emerging Technologies: ethnographies on human futures; the concept of trust and its relevance to multidisciplinary collaboration – The Human Show Podcast 59

Sarah Pink, Professor of Design & Emerging Technologies: ethnographies on human futures; the concept of trust and its relevance to multidisciplinary collaboration – The Human Show Podcast 59

  Mike Youngblood is a cultural anthropologist working at the nexus of social science and human-centered design. He is the chief conspirator behind The Youngblood Group, an innovation consultancy focused on reimagining critical products, services, and systems to...

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Nayantara Sheoran Appleton: Feminist Medical Anthropologist, gendered technologies and unintended logics – The Human Show Podcast 65

Julien Cornebise, Director of Research, AI for Good at Element AI: the ethics, scarcity & drive for purpose of AI & the humans that build it; working alongside social scientists – The Human Show 56

          Jeffrey Greger, UX Researcher at banking startup Varo Money, has a background in both design and anthropology with a BA in Industrial Design and recently completing an MA in Applied Anthropology at San Jose State University. His...

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Fumiko Ichikawa, Co-founder, Managing Director at Re:public; from researcher to facilitator of urban innovation; citizenship, cities, identity and craftmanship in Japan – The Human Show Podcast 55

Fumiko Ichikawa, Co-founder, Managing Director at Re:public; from researcher to facilitator of urban innovation; citizenship, cities, identity and craftmanship in Japan – The Human Show Podcast 55

          Julien Cornebise is a Director of Research, AI for Good at Element AI and head of the London Office. He is also an honorary researcher at University College London. Prior to Element AI, Julien was at DeepMind (later acquired by...

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Steve Fadden: Research Lead, Google & Lecturer for UC Berkeley; on his blended experience in technology & academia; learning, positionality, ethics – The Human Show Podcast 49

Steve Fadden: Research Lead, Google & Lecturer for UC Berkeley; on his blended experience in technology & academia; learning, positionality, ethics – The Human Show Podcast 49

  Greg Bennett is a Linguist and Lead User Researcher at Salesforce with extensive experience in the technology sector having previously worked for companies such as Yahoo! and Microsoft. He believes the core of user experience lies in the intersection of...

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Jan Chipchase: director of international research & design projects, writer, photographer & co-founder of Studio D Radiodurans, SDR Traveller & The Fixer List – The Human Show Podcast 48

Jan Chipchase: director of international research & design projects, writer, photographer & co-founder of Studio D Radiodurans, SDR Traveller & The Fixer List – The Human Show Podcast 48

      This conference brings together design researchers from various backgrounds (including anthropology) from around the world to explore how best to contribute to real and meaningful change in organisations, in economies and within societies. The...

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Sarah Pink, Professor of Design & Emerging Technologies: ethnographies on human futures; the concept of trust and its relevance to multidisciplinary collaboration – The Human Show Podcast 59

Alexis Walker: An anthropologist working in technology and business, developments in technology and people’s relationships to technologies – The Human Show Podcast 46

      Simon is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of business anthropology and the use of ethnography in corporate research, design and innovation activities. His career began with a PhD on the satellite TV revolution in mid 1990s India. He...

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Stine Louring Nielsen, Design Anthropologist: On healing architecture & how to happily swim in the blended waters of anthropology/architecture/design – The Human Show Podcast 41

Stine Louring Nielsen, Design Anthropologist: On healing architecture & how to happily swim in the blended waters of anthropology/architecture/design – The Human Show Podcast 41

    Nazima Kadir is an anthropologist with a PhD from Yale and an author. She has a wide ranging practice, from directing insight teams in design and innovation, presenting and publishing in academic contexts, to working collaboratively with artists. Nazima...

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Kerry Gibson: researching youth (16-21), suicide & social technology in NZ; technology, stigma & empowerment; the role of family elders; grief & loss; ethics & responsibility of building products in this space 

Kerry Gibson: researching youth (16-21), suicide & social technology in NZ; technology, stigma & empowerment; the role of family elders; grief & loss; ethics & responsibility of building products in this space 

    Nazima Kadir is an anthropologist with a PhD from Yale and an author. She has a wide ranging practice, from directing insight teams in design and innovation, presenting and publishing in academic contexts, to working collaboratively with artists. Nazima...

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Susan Wardell: A conversation about Holidays, Rituals and Religion – The Human Show Podcast 43

Susan Wardell: Sociality, anonymity & power dynamics on social media; self-care, mental health & social technology; ethics and intervention in anthropology; precarity and mental health in academia – The Human Show Podcast 36

      Dr. Duncan Hay, currently a Research Associate at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL, London, has an extensive experience at the intersection of linguistics and technology. He received his PhD in 2012 in in English Literature...

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Anna Kirah, Design Anthropologist: on transdisciplinarity (anthropology /psychology/design) and building the new; 3 techniques to practice empathy – The Human Show Podcast 35

Anna Kirah, Design Anthropologist: on transdisciplinarity (anthropology /psychology/design) and building the new; 3 techniques to practice empathy – The Human Show Podcast 35

      We have split our conversation with Duncan into 2 separate episodes. Last week we released part 1 of this interview where we talked to Duncan about his work with the Survey of London, the White Chapel Initiative, a technological experiment in the...

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Jamer Hunt, Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Initiatives at The New School: how to blend social science with design; interventions and multidisciplinarity – The Human Show Podcast 34

Jamer Hunt, Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Initiatives at The New School: how to blend social science with design; interventions and multidisciplinarity – The Human Show Podcast 34

      Dr. Duncan Hay, currently a Research Associate at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL, London, has an extensive experience at the intersection of linguistics and technology. He received his PhD in 2012 in in English Literature...

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Angèle Christin, Assistant Professor, Stanford University: risk assessment tools, algorithms and the US justice system; anxiety and moral panic about AI algorithms – The Human Show Podcast 32

Angèle Christin, Assistant Professor, Stanford University: risk assessment tools, algorithms and the US justice system; anxiety and moral panic about AI algorithms – The Human Show Podcast 32

          Steph Creasy is the Managing Director of Digital Arts which is based in Auckland. Digital Arts is one of New Zealand’s preeminent human-centered Digital Agency and has designed and delivered exceptional digital experiences for New...

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Mizuko (Mimi) Ito, University of California, Irvine: bridging boundaries between the applied and academic fields; youth and digital cultures; access, trust, ethics and privacy – The Human Show Podcast 28

Mizuko (Mimi) Ito, University of California, Irvine: bridging boundaries between the applied and academic fields; youth and digital cultures; access, trust, ethics and privacy – The Human Show Podcast 28

          Saswati (Sas) Saha Mitra has both a diverse background (Literature, Political Science and Business) as well as an extensive career in research having worked for companies such as Google, Vodafone, Intel, Nokia, Whirlpool, United...

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Mrudula Sreekanth, Peepal Design India: doing research in India for international companies; the value of a (social science) researcher and how to onboard one – The Human Show Podcast 27

Mrudula Sreekanth, Peepal Design India: doing research in India for international companies; the value of a (social science) researcher and how to onboard one – The Human Show Podcast 27

            Thomas Malaby has a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University and is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interest is in the ever-changing relationships among...

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Dr. Henrique Z. M. Parra, Professor Social Sciences, UNIFESP, Brazil: working & teaching at the intersection between technology, open data, transparency and social activism in the public space – The Human Show Podcast 25

Dr. Henrique Z. M. Parra, Professor Social Sciences, UNIFESP, Brazil: working & teaching at the intersection between technology, open data, transparency and social activism in the public space – The Human Show Podcast 25

            Ann Hsieh is a mixed-methods research leader and loves adapting or creating new methods to build greater impact with stakeholders. She currently leads research for group teams at Facebook and has 13 years of industry...

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Jacqueline Krones: Principal for Ethics in the AI Perceptions & MR Group, Microsoft: how to transition from high level ethical principles to day to day product work; AI, trust, governance & ethics  – The Human Show Podcast 24

Jacqueline Krones: Principal for Ethics in the AI Perceptions & MR Group, Microsoft: how to transition from high level ethical principles to day to day product work; AI, trust, governance & ethics – The Human Show Podcast 24

        Dr. Henrique Z. M. Parra has an MsC in Sociology (USP), a PhD in Political Science (UNICAMP) and is currently a permanent Professor of Social Sciences at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP). He worked as a professor, researcher...

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Matt Bernius, Lead UX Research, Measures for Justice: researching (digital) cameras; mistaking chatbots for humans; 3 “how to’s” to transition to the applied sector – The Human Show Podcast 22

Matt Bernius, Lead UX Research, Measures for Justice: researching (digital) cameras; mistaking chatbots for humans; 3 “how to’s” to transition to the applied sector – The Human Show Podcast 22

        Dr. Henrique Z. M. Parra has an MsC in Sociology (USP), a PhD in Political Science (UNICAMP) and is currently a permanent Professor of Social Sciences at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP). He worked as a professor, researcher...

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Shriram Venkatraman, IIIT-Delhi: Why We Post Project: social media and culture in India; forming/performing sociality; applied anthropology field in India – The Human Show Podcast 19

Shriram Venkatraman, IIIT-Delhi: Why We Post Project: social media and culture in India; forming/performing sociality; applied anthropology field in India – The Human Show Podcast 19

      Jamer Hunt is the Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Initiatives at The New School, where he was a founding director (2009-2015) of the graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design. He is also Visiting Design Researcher...

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José Manuel dos Santos, Head of Design & User Experience – Americas at Signify: articulating the value of social science to design; working alongside anthropologists – The Human Show Podcast 18

José Manuel dos Santos, Head of Design & User Experience – Americas at Signify: articulating the value of social science to design; working alongside anthropologists – The Human Show Podcast 18

          Shriram Venkatraman has academic and industry career tracks that both sit at the intersection of big and thick data. He has a background in Diversity and People Analytics with Walmart Stores, Inc., USA and a PhD in Digital...

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Kathy Baxter, Research Architect Salesforce: definition of AI & types of intelligence for bots; enculturation & training data; fairness, ethics & research methodologies to build a neutral system – The Human Show Podcast 16

Kathy Baxter, Research Architect Salesforce: definition of AI & types of intelligence for bots; enculturation & training data; fairness, ethics & research methodologies to build a neutral system – The Human Show Podcast 16

            Dr. Grant Jun Otsuki is currently a lecturer in cultural anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in Social-cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto in 2015 and from...

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Andy Goodman, BCG Digital Ventures: methods and practices on how to move from an insight to good design; the secret sauce of a good researcher; the case for the new design of iPhone 10 – The Human Show Podcast 15

Andy Goodman, BCG Digital Ventures: methods and practices on how to move from an insight to good design; the secret sauce of a good researcher; the case for the new design of iPhone 10 – The Human Show Podcast 15

          Kathy Baxter has an MS in Engineering Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology and has been on the “Silicon Valley tour” working for companies such as Google, eBay, Oracle and (now) Salesforce. She is currently a Research...

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Jamie Sherman, Intel: on how (human life) it’s complicated yet actionable; why (in VR) everybody talks to the robot dog; user hacking in design; working in business as an anthropologist – The Human Show Podcast 14

Jamie Sherman, Intel: on how (human life) it’s complicated yet actionable; why (in VR) everybody talks to the robot dog; user hacking in design; working in business as an anthropologist – The Human Show Podcast 14

      Dr. Duncan Hay, currently a Research Associate at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL, London, has an extensive experience at the intersection of linguistics and technology. He received his PhD in 2012 in in English Literature...

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Dan Podjed: Working to grow a vibrant community of applied anthropologists in Europe; (applied) events, projects, symposiums; re-thinking (business) ethnography; barriers and opportunities for the applied sector – The Human Show Podcast 13

Dan Podjed: Working to grow a vibrant community of applied anthropologists in Europe; (applied) events, projects, symposiums; re-thinking (business) ethnography; barriers and opportunities for the applied sector – The Human Show Podcast 13

                Matt Bernius has had an extensive career working at the intersection of design and anthropology. Matt holds a MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago and was a visiting professor at the Rochester...

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Sarah Pink, Professor of Design & Emerging Technologies: ethnographies on human futures; the concept of trust and its relevance to multidisciplinary collaboration – The Human Show Podcast 59

Betsy DiSalvo: More than just play, or the significance of ethnicity, race, gender & sociality in how young people engage with video games, education & technology – The Human Show Podcast Podcast 11

        Stephen C. Rea is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on how digital and mobile technologies intersect with issues of community, labour, and health. He has done extensive ethnographic fieldwork on digital gaming culture in...

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Erin B. Taylor: Researching mobile money in Haiti & The Netherlands; the ethics & methods for asking people about money; regulation and financial design – The Human Show Podcast 10

Erin B. Taylor: Researching mobile money in Haiti & The Netherlands; the ethics & methods for asking people about money; regulation and financial design – The Human Show Podcast 10

CPDP (Computers, Privacy and Data Protection) is a non-profit platform originally founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université de Namur and Tilburg University. The platform was joined in the following years by the Institut...

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Susanna Helen Trnka: The many ways in which people make medical technologies work for them; how to approach building multifaceted medical apps; what’s next for a student of anthropology – The Human Show Podcast 8

Susanna Helen Trnka: The many ways in which people make medical technologies work for them; how to approach building multifaceted medical apps; what’s next for a student of anthropology – The Human Show Podcast 8

        Amy Sheppard has an extensive experience in the design space, having been in leadership positions in design across companies such as Deloitte Digital, Australia Post and Johnson & Johnson. She is currently the Head of Design for Xero...

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Nimmi Rangaswamy: Stories from India on mobile internet & Facebook use of slum youth; technology as a force for good; the access & (corporate) ethics of technology – The Human Show Podcast 7

Nimmi Rangaswamy: Stories from India on mobile internet & Facebook use of slum youth; technology as a force for good; the access & (corporate) ethics of technology – The Human Show Podcast 7

                Matt Bernius has had an extensive career working at the intersection of design and anthropology. Matt holds a MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago and was a visiting professor at the Rochester...

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