Dr Elena Gonzalez-Polledo
Director of BA/BSc Applied Social Science

What did you do before coming to the SMI?

I worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and before that, at Goldsmiths, University of London. My research often involves periods of ethnographic/qualitative research, and this has meant working with really amazing people and collectives in the UK and Europe over the years.

What attracted you to the SMI? What's different about the SMI?

The SMI is an interdisciplinary unit - I love working in environments where connections between traditional disciplines and ways of knowing can be explored. Although we research different topics and use multiple methodological approaches and epistemologies, there is a strong sense that people at the SMI want to make a difference with their research - through rapid response research, research on inequalities and justice, migration, and urban dynamics and visualisation. This is the key thing that attracted me to the SMI.

Could you describe your job in one sentence?

I am director of he BA/BSc Applied social Science, and I am academic lead in Learning and Teaching cross-faculty initiatives such as RES FEST and student research journal.

What are your research interests? (academic staff)

I am a social anthropologist by training. My research interests focus on the anthropology of knowledge: social epistemology, gender, expert models, knowledge transmission, research methods, data assemblages and infrastructures.

What are your future plans/ambitions?

I am involved in writing two new research bids at the moment, and am very excited about the new collaborations and partnerships with scientists they will bring - a departure from my previous work. Both projects involve methodological innovation and development, can't wait to get started!

Tell me an interesting fact about yourself?

I love walking.

You can find out more about Elena's research interests and publications here.