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PhD Candidate in Anthropology, UCL

Dave Cook is an anthropologist, published writer and business leader.

He is a remote work specialist and his thinking has appeared on the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, World Economic Forum and The Conversation.

His anthropology research focuses on the lives of digital nomads – an extreme type of remote worker - who work out of co-working spaces in Southeast Asia. His research focuses on the work practices and routines that are required to sustain working remotely. This research is unique in having 5 years of continuous data about the remote work experience. So, he has a unique insight into how people adapt to remote working over months and years.

He is currently conducting research in the Anthropology Department at UCL (University College London). In addition to his writing on digital nomads and remote work, his research interests include: the future of work: the gig economy; globalisation; neoliberalism and design thinking.

He is also a member of the Eworklife project ( at UCL’s (University College London) Brain Science Faculty. This ongoing project studies remote work and digital self-regulation strategies and Dave is researching how people have coped with the transition to working from home during COVID-19.

He co-founded and runs the design consultancy What People Want in 2002. Prior to that was European Head of Experience Design at global digital agency Razorfish and was the launch editor of BBC Online in 1997.


  • –present
    PhD Researcher, Anthropology, UCL , UCL


  • 2017 
    UCL, MSc Digital Anthropology