Alexander Taylor

Researcher in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Alexander Taylor is a Researcher with the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. His current ethnographic research explores data security and storage practices in the data centre industry. Specifically, his research explores the socio-political dynamics underlying the configuration of space weather and electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) as existential risks and emerging security threats to the data centre industry. His multi-sited fieldwork was conducted with high-security ‘EMP-proof’ data centres, cloud computing companies and disaster recovery specialists across the UK, Europe and US. His research has brought him into contact with a diverse group of actors working at the forefront of EMP and space weather preparedness efforts, including solar physicists, electrotechnical engineers, emergency planners, the UK Defence Committee, energy sector policy makers and infrastructure security experts.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Researcher, University of Cambridge