Our Team

Dr James Cuffe - Principal Investigator

James is an anthropologist working generally in the field of techno-anthropology drawing upon philosophical traditions drawn through ethnographic fieldwork. His previous work includes ethnographic research in Shanghai on the effects of mediative technologies in social change published as a monograph with Routledge - China at a Threshold (2021). He is co-director of the Atlantic Anthropological Spring School held annually in Dingle, Ireland.   

Dr Nasrin Khandoker - Post-Doctoral Researcher

Nasrin is a Post-doc researcher in the CyberSocial project. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Maynooth University and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Limerick and Galway University. She was an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University. Her research interests are gender and sexuality, Bangla folk song, migration, gender-based violence, emotion and affect, embodiment and post-colonial critiques. 

Peter Walsh - Research Project Manager

Peter acts as a manager and assistant for CyberSocial Research lab projects. He is a graduate of the anthropology masters programme at UCC. His research interests explore the overlapping domains of psychological health, religious experience, creativity and technology. Past projects have included ethnographic research in the world of virtual reality and an exploration of dancing as a method of psychological healing in modern industrialised societies. 

Iryna Stavynska - Researcher

Iryna holds a master’s degree in Folklore from the University of Oregon (USA). Her previous research projects explored the intersection between folklore, popular culture, and supernatural belief, and the role of Ukrainian folklore in the resistance towards the Russian invasion. As part of the CyberSocial project, she works on the dis/enchantment of technology in Cork City.

Conach Gibson-Feinblum - Research Assistant

Conach is a graduate of the Master of Arts Anthropology programme at University College Cork and works as a research assistant on the CyberSocial project. She has a passion for feminist epistemologies, cultural heritage and creative methodologies, particularly concerning narrative work. Her previous research experience includes an ethnographic project capturing Ukrainian narratives of forced and sudden migration through the lens of food.

Emily Phelan - Researcher

Emily is a PhD Criminology Candidate researching the human factors of cybersecurity. Emily’s research aims to bridge the gap between the social sciences and the technology industry by carrying out ethnographic led research on the role humans play in complex technological systems.  Previously completing the MA in Criminology where her thesis focused on the privacy and security risks surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

Advisory Board

The project is supported by academics and policy experts as well as practicioners that can provide expertise across a range of domains. The board is available on an ad hoc / as needed basis to engage with different aspects of the project relevant to their areas of expertise. We are currently populating the board so stay tuned to see developments here.

Prof. Luigina Ciolfi - Human Computer interaction

Dr. James Kapalo - Religious and Ethnic Minorities

Dr. Jolynna Sinanan - Digital Anthropology

Ms Claire Davis - Digital Officer, Cork City Council

Ms Colette Cronin - ICT Compliance Lead, Cork City Council.

CyberSocial Research Lab Saotharlann Taighde Chibear-Shóisialta

Dept. of Sociology and Criminology, Askive Ground Floor, O' Donovan's Road, University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland,

Top