In this episode of the Anthropology in Business podcast, Dan Podjed speaks with Matt Artz about his career as a business anthropologist. The conversation covers Dan’s applied and academic work and his efforts to increase the visibility of anthropology through efforts such as the Why the World Needs Anthropologists conference.
About Dan Podjed
Dan Podjed, PhD, is an anthropologist dedicated to developing ethnography-based solutions and innovative research methods at the intersection of different scientific fields. He is a Research Fellow at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Arts, and Senior Research Advisor at the Institute for Innovation and Development of the University of Ljubljana. He has led several applied, interdisciplinary and industry-oriented projects, and has contributed to the development of technological products and solutions in many EU projects. He acted as Convenor of EASA Applied Anthropology Network from its inception in 2010 until 2018 and continues his involvement as one of the Executive Advisors of the network. In 2013 he was the founder and from 2013 to 2018 the organizer of the international event Why the World Needs Anthropologists, which has become the most important meeting point for applied anthropologists in Europe and beyond.
In 2019, he published the acclaimed book Seen (Videni in Slovenian, also published in Serbian in 2020), in which he explains why we are increasingly observed and exposed with the help of smartphones and other devices. In 2020, his book Indoor Anthropology was published, in which he presented to the public how he came to know society and himself during the Covid-19 pandemic. In his most recent book, Why the World Needs Anthropologists, he brought together the leading experts in the field (Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Sarah Pink, Riall W. Nolan and others) to highlight the value of anthropology in today’s world. He makes regular media appearances to promote anthropology.