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Alexander Taylor

Researcher in Social Anthropology, University of Winchester

Alexander Taylor is a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Winchester. He works at the intersection of social and digital anthropology, science and technology studies, media archaeology and security studies. His research explores the material, spatial and temporal dimensions of data storage and security. He has provided policy advice on the environmental impact of cloud computing and has conducted research for the United Nations on the impact of ICTs for human rights practice. He is currently collaborating with the Uncertain Archives project at the University of Copenhagen. He also co-runs the Social Studies of Outer Space Network and is an editorial assistant for the Journal of Extreme Anthropology. His research interests include: the anthropology of preparedness, techno-apocalyptic narratives, digital heritage preservation, existential risk, pre-digital nostalgia and the ethical and political implications of cloud storage for ethnographic practice.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer in Media and Communication, University of Winchester
  • 2014–present
    Researcher, University of Cambridge