The Human Show

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! 

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

      Fumiko Ichikawa is Co-Founder and Managing Director at Re:public, think and do tank. She has studied human-computer interaction, and she has been the practitioner of ethnographic research in Japan and around the world. After the financial crisis...

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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

      Steve Fadden is a Research Lead at Google, where he serves as manager for the Measurement UX Research team. He is also on the faculty as a Lecturer for the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches User Experience...

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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

Jan Chipchase is a director of international research and design projects, writer, photographer and co-founder of Studio D Radiodurans, SDR Traveller and The Fixer List. He has over 15 years’ experience in running international projects, has authored three books,...

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

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

Alexis Walker has over ten years of experience within research design and applying her skills as a social scientist and ethnographer in projects of both academic and business relevance (having worked for companies such as American Airlines, Mars, and Root etc.). She...

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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

          Stine Louring Nielsen is a trained anthropologist, specialised in the intersection of space, health and atmosphere and currently a PhD Fellow at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, investigating the ambiance potential of coloured...

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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 

        Kerry Gibson is a clinical psychologist and her research interests are in the areas of child and family psychology, trauma and psychotherapy. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand where she is...

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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

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. Susan Wardell is a Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand). She is a medical/social anthropologist, with an interest in digital media technologies, particularly in relation to mental health. Her...

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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

      Anna Kirah is an internationally respected design anthropologist and psychologist known for pioneering the people-centric approach to innovation and change management. Her passions are co-creation and working with “transdisciplinary” teams. Anna...

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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

      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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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

                Angèle Christin has a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University and the EHESS (Paris).  She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and affiliated faculty in the Sociology...

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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

            Mizuko (Mimi) Ito is a cultural anthropologist and learning scientist studying children and youth's new media use. She has 2 PhDs from Stanford University, one in Anthropology with the Dissertation "Engineering Play:...

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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

              Mrudula Sreekanth has an MICT from the International University in Germany and over 13 years of experience in User Experience Research and Interaction Design in the technology space in India having worked with companies...

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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

        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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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

          Jacquelyn Krones has a MA in Social Psychology with an academic focus on in-group bias, tokenism and heterosexual attraction. She also has over 20 years of experience in technology companies from startups to large enterprises...

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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

                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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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

          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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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

          José Manuel dos Santos has an MA In Industrial Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design/UK, an Executive MA in Product Design and Development from the Northwestern University/USA and over 20 years of experience in...

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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

          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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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

                Andy Goodman, VP Experience Design at BCG Digital Ventures is an artist turned service designer with a wealth of experience in the design space having worked (amongst others) as a VP of Consumer Products for...

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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

                    Jamie Sherman holds a PHD from Princeton in Cultural Anthropology and is a Senior User Experience Researcher with the Intel Corporation most recently focused on AR, VR content creation and gaming....

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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

        Dan Podjed is an applied anthropologist with 15+ years' experience in ethnographic research, project management, and university teaching. He is a founder of EASA Applied Anthropology Network and Why the World Needs Anthropologists event,...

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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

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

        Dr. Betsy DiSalvo is an Assistant Professor at the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. There she leads the Culture and Technology Lab, where they research how cultural values impact the use and production of...

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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

      Erin B. Taylor is an economic anthropologist with experience both in the applied financial sector and in the academic sector. She holds a PhD in Socio Cultural Anthropology from Sydney University and was a postdoctoral researcher on financial...

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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

      Susanna Helena Trnka holds a PhD from Princeton University in social anthropology and has studied the body, citizenship and subjectivity. Her specific interests include (amongst others) illness experience; new medical technologies and...

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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

          Nimmi Rangaswamy has an extensive experience in the technology space that spans both academia and the business sector. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Kohli Centre on Intelligent Systems, Indian Institute of...

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