Apply Clubs are a space for sub-committees and more specific fields of applied anthropology to meet, exchange knowledge, discuss needs and action items, and find mentors, jobs and friends to support your career as an applied anthropologist…
Creating an Apply Club will give you a community of colleagues and allies sharing topical interests, allow you to create reading groups and book clubs, help you fundraise, find mentors, jobs and internships and link to other AAN Apply Clubs, existing AAN initiatives and help shape future ones.
To kick off your own Apply Club
If you are a group:
Prepare a 2-page document of your Club’s purpose, goals, concerns and hopes
Send it to Markus and Lora
Discuss with them and work out specifics
If you are an individual:
Prepare a 2-page document of your Club’s purpose, goals, concerns and hopes
Send it to Markus and Lora
They will set you up with people to help you create an infrastructure for your club
Where anthropologists working at the intersection of art and anthropology can share their experiments, artistic practices, and creative projects. Our main aim is to connect anthropologists working at the intersection between art and anthropology. The apply club is a place to discuss the intersection between art and anthropology, exploring sub-topics such as experimental ethnography, ethnographic films, and also anthropological research on artistic communities and practices.
Axelle Van Wynsberghe
Axelle is an social anthropologist, currently working as digital content manager for the European Green Party. She was previously a freelance researcher and curator in the Netherlands and Belgium and has worked with the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, and various art organisations on citizen engagement projects and issues concerning digital technologies and society. She has co-curated the HELLO WORLD! Exhibition (2018) and the MY BODY MY CHOICE Exhibition (2022). She received her BA in Cultural Studies & Social Anthropology at the University of Kent, as well as an MA in Arts & Society at Utrecht University.
Apply Club for Anthropology of the Built Environment
Where industry professionals, focused on people-centred design in the built environment, meet to exchange ideas, engage in interdisciplinary conversation, network with peers and obtain essential resources.
Dr. Gemma John, Founder and Director of Human City
An applied anthropologist, Gemma began her career in planning and architecture in 2014 with AECOM and Foster + Partners in London. She established Human City, a spatial strategy consultancy in 2017.
Christina Cheadle, Consultant at Stripe Partners
Christina is an anthropologist whose expertise lies in material culture and the home. She formerly worked with Marie Kondo of Japanese home organisation fame and currently is a research consultant at Stripe Partners in London.
We are interested in digital anthropology, netnography, remote research methods and tools, anthropological perspective to the digital and digitised world.
Dominika quit her PhD studies to conduct commercial research in the UX. She works as a UX research consultant for companies, governments and agencies. She is also a start-ups mentor at Start-it KBC.
Simon is a recent graduate in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies and Umanyx Escuela de Humanidades Aplicadas. Simon used to chair the student representatives at KU Leuven in Belgium, and is passionate about community-based projects and finding ways to build strong tribes.
Apply Club for the Anthropology of Finance
Erin is a consultant, researcher and writer with 18 years of experience designing and implementing projects, directing teams, managing budgets, and producing outputs for diverse audiences, research strategy, design and implementation, cross-sector collaborations (industry, academia, government, NGOs) and writing about financial behaviour and human-technology interaction
Frank is an anthropologist, a design and research strategist, and a brand and business builder, based in New York, USA. For over 20 years Frank has worked with designers and product leaders from a broad range of Fortune 100 enterprises to young and nimble startups to build new products, platforms, services, and user experiences. In a phrase, Frank’s work is about transforming organizations by making sure that real human experiences tell the story.
Helena Linde Pedersen
Helena is a human-centered researcher, innovation strategist and financial activist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. With her background in business and economic anthropology, she bridges a commercial mindset with a drive to ensure critical engagement, social responsibilty and environmental and financial sustainability in all her work. She is currently on a mission to build and strengthen the research culture at Danish fintech Unicorn, Pleo to ensure they sustain customer centricity as they grow and bring Pleo to an evermore diverse range of users.
AC Health is the community for those interested in finding solutions to improve health and healthcare by employing an applied anthropology perspective; it provides an open space to talk, meet, network and exchange ideas, best practices, resources and opportunities.
Gaia Campanelli – firstname.lastname@example.org – is a Master’s student in Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford. She is interested in the relationship between ecology and health inequalities. She holds research and organisational experience in different fields and wishes to work towards the establishment of innovative, community-centred ways to approach collective health issues.
Heinrich Schwarz, PhD – email@example.com – is an innovation strategist, business anthropologist, and design thinker. He is co/founder of Schwarz Innovation and Innovatinghealth.care, consultancies that help clients turn a deep understanding of people and cultures into novel solutions and meaningful business opportunities. He holds a PhD in science and technology studies from MIT.
Margret Jaeger, Research Department – AWZ Soziales Wien, Austria. She is a medical anthropologist who leads a research department in care studies linking education and practice. She is passionate about medical anthropology and its potentiality to contribute to changes in healthcare. She is a member of Solar Plexus – Sozietät der Gestalter*innen der Gesundheitszukunft” in Austria and of international initiatives that promote teaching of medical anthropology in health education.
Mirko Pasquini, Ph.D is an Italian medical anthropologist working in Sweden and specialized in the analysis of how healthcare systems respond to people’s changing care needs. He has done extensive fieldwork in Italy on Emergency Rooms (ERs) and diverse Primary Care facilities to document the wide organizational reform after the tremendous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carol Pizzuti is a Medical Anthropologist specialised in women’s sexual and reproductive health issues. She is currently conducting her Industry PhD in the field of Practice Analytics in Healthcare (PAH), which focuses on exploring the existing correlations among medical regulations, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and programs, and eHealth data analytics in health-care service organisations.
Ute Schauberger is an anthropologist (MA) and designer (MDes) who cares deeply about health and care. As a disabled person, a former care worker, and as a designer working on its future. Her work uses approaches and methods from service design, co-design, ethnography, and social research. This allows her to think creatively and ethically about health services, and to engage others in this process.
Dr Beth Vale is a health anthropologist, leading Percept, a transdisciplinary social impact consultancy.
Apply Club for the Anthropology of Innovation
Angela Kristin VandenBroek, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University
Angela has more than thirteen years of experience in design, web development, and applied research. Her research sits at the intersection of business and design anthropology and science and technology studies with a focus on how ambitions for better futures by states, citizens and entrepreneurs are co-opted and reformed by innovation culture and its infrastructures.
Lora Koycheva, co-convenor of the EASA AAN, Visiting Researcher at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Humanities, Munich University
Lora has experience as a coach, researcher, and teacher in the innovation and entrepreneurship sphere and, most recently, she was a senior research associate at the Technical University of Munich’s Faculty of Management. Her research encompasses a variety of disciplines and approaches, always through an anthropological lens. But recently, she has been researching and writing on entrepreneurial selves, radical innovation and everyday life, and the methodological and conceptual requirements for anthropological and entrepreneurship research to converge. She is also co-founding an initiative on rebuilding the human condition with robots.
Jelte has been active around the topic of organizational anthropology in the Netherlands in a variety of ways. He has written an explainer on organizational anthropology for university students. Currently he’s finishing his masters in culture, organization and management at the VU university, while also fulfilling the role of ‘organizational anthropologist’ at the L&D startup THYNK. He has recently joined the Dutch Anthropological Association, focusing especially on promoting organizational anthropology in universities.
Yara van Hamburg
Yara works as a project manager mainly with stakeholders perspectives and projects with interdisciplinary teams. In this position, she applies the methods and skills from organizational anthropology, which she discovered in retrospect. While studying, she never got in contact with this sub-discipline, which is interesting as it has been a red thread throughout her education and career. She is active in a number of associations, focus groups and networks in the field of anthropology, as she is passionate about forming connections as a way to stimulate awareness and to create a conjunction