Community Chest: Bob McDowall - Anthropology & Technology: Complementary Aspects Of Human Behaviour
Webinar - Channel Islands

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In this webinar Bob McDowall will discuss how anthropology and technology can be of mutual benefit in the future. Both anthropology and technology rely on study and analysis of human behaviour for their success and deployment. Behavioural aspects of adoption of technology will be of more importance in deployment of more sophisticated technologies.

Z/Yen conducts an irregular series of short webinars, Community Chest, featuring people from its various communities and clubs, viz. technology, financial services, civil society, and business. These webinars provide an opportunity to meet people from the wider Community, to share ideas, and to make connections.


Robert (“Bob”) McDowall spent his career in banking and finance in the City of London, working for a number of institutions including Merrill Lynch, Pru-Bache and Singer and Friedlander, and retains a number of consultancies and directorships in the finance and technology sectors.

He has authored, co-authored and presented a number of research papers on finance and technology.

Robert is a former President of the Folklore Society, an Academic Charity. He has delivered a number of papers, lectures and blogs on many facets of folklore from literature and food and drink to finance, money, urban myths and legends. He currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and chairs its fund raising committee.

He lives in the Channel Islands. He is a former member of the States of Alderney (2013-2016) where he chaired the Policy and Finance Committee and the Finance sub-committee. He currently chairs Conservatives Abroad in the Channel Islands and sits on the Board of Conservatives Abroad.

Robert is a Livery Man and former Member of the Court of the Livery Company, The Tin Plate alias Wireworkers Company, a Member of the Gresham Society. He has a degree in law (LL.B) from University College London and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (“FRAI”).

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

16:00 - 16:45 BST



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