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Joseph Michael Cook

PhD Researcher, Material Culture Anthropology, UCL

Joseph Cook is a PhD candidate in material culture at University College London, UK. His interests include the anthropology of work, architecture and the digital age, and he is conducting ethnographic fieldwork in a large multinational design and engineering firm.

With a background in architecture and social anthropology, Joseph uses ethnography to help better understand the links between people and environment. His PhD focuses on how designers create work environments that shape user groups and behaviour, in a time when work is increasingly being disconnected from fixed locations.

Prior to starting his PhD, Joseph was a workplace consultant, writing about the future of work with a range of clients across finance, academia, NGO and FMCG industries.


  • –present
    PhD Student, Anthropology + Material Culture, UCL


  • 2015 
    University College London, MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology