Dr. Dan Podjed


Dan Podjed, PhD, is an anthropologist who has set himself to design technologies tailored to people. He is a research associate at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is also an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and a consultant at the Innovation and Development Institute of the University of Ljubljana. In 2010, he co-founded the EASA Applied Anthropology Network and led it until 2018, and is now its executive advisor. In 2013, he designed the Why the World Needs Anthropologists event, which became a central global hub for applied anthropology. In 2019, he published the acclaimed book The Observed, in which he explained why we are increasingly observed and displayed with the help of smartphones and other devices. In 2020, his book Anthropology Within Four Walls was published, in which he explained how he got to know the society and himself during the COVID-19 pandemic.


We live at an inflection point in the COVID-19 pandemic when a new society is emerging and with it a new human – Homo Covidensis. The contribution presents the underlying assumptions of such society, in which work and leisure are closely intertwined, and control technologies have encroached upon the last corners of privacy. During the health, social, and economic crisis, business and human resources cards were also shuffled. We can predict that the winners of the new age will be the ones who will put a new person at the core of organisational processes and adapt solutions to his or her needs and habits. This will be achieved by transcending the boundaries between the sciences and taking a more holistic, transdisciplinary view of people and their living and working environments, including the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and the engineering disciplines.