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Professor Michael Fischer

Professor of Anthropological Sciences

Representation and structure of indigenous knowledge; cultural informatics; ideation and the material contexts of its expression.


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Michael D. Fischer is an anthropologist who has worked mainly in the Punjab and Swat in Pakistan, and the Cook Islands. His major interests are in the representation and structure of indigenous knowledge, cultural informatics, and the interrelationships between ideation and the material contexts within which ideation is expressed.

Mike is Professor of Anthropological Sciences in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent.

He has received grants from the ESRC, AHRB, SERC, MRC, HEFCE, JISC, Leverhulme and Nuffield on topics including ethnography of Pakistan and the Cook Islands, formal analysis, multi-media databases, coding methods, virtual reality, performance and large scale networked databases, historical anthropology, and textual markup

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Book section
Applin, S. and Fischer, M. (2017). Thing Theory: Connecting Humans to Smart Healthcare. in: Reis, C. I. and Maximiano, M. da S. eds. Internet of Things and Advanced Application in Healthcare. Portugal: IGI-Global, pp. 249-266. Available at:
Fischer, M., Lyon, S. and Zeitlyn, D. (2017). The Internet and the Future of Social Science Research. in: Fielding, N., Lee, R. M. and Blank, G. eds. The Sage handbook of online research methods. London UK and Beverly Hills USA: Sage, pp. 611-627.
Turner, A., Fischer, M. and Tzanopoulos, J. (2018). Sound-mapping a coniferous forest—Perspectives for biodiversity monitoring and noise mitigation. PLoS ONE [Online] 13. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Applin, S. and Fischer, M. (2016). Exploring Cooperation with Social Machines. in: World Wide Web Conference 2016. International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee. Available at:
Applin, S. and Fischer, M. (2016). Cooperating with Algorithms in the Workplace. in: Algorithms at Work Workshop at CSCW 2016. San Francisco USA: ACM.
Applin, S. and Fischer, M. (2015). New Technologies and Mixed-Use Convergence How Humans and Algorithms are Adapting to Each Other. in: IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society. Dublin: IEEE. 2015. IEEE. Available at:
Fischer, M. and Ember, C. (2017). Big Data and Research Opportunities Using HRAF Databases. in: Shu-Heng, C. ed. Big Data in Computational Social Science and Humanities. Germany: Springer.
Ember, C. and Fischer, M. (2017). Using eHRAF World Cultures with other cross-cultural samples. in: White, D. ed. Wiley Cross-cultural Research Companion. NY USA: Wiley-Blackwell.
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Programme convenor of MA in Social Anthropology & Computing and teaching the following modules:

BA modules

  • SE307: Thinkers and Theories (convenor)
  • SE308: Skills for Anthropology and Conservation
  • SE587: Ethnographies 2
  • SE594: Anthropology and Development
  • SE595: Social Computing

MA modules

  • SE806: Research Methods in Social Anthropology 2
  • SE861: The Ethnography of Central Asian Societies
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