Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHA

Professor Genevieve Bell
Distinguished Professor
Florence Violet McKenzie Chair
Director, Autonomy, Agency & Assurance (3A) Institute

Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHA is the Director of the School of Cybernetics, Director of the 3A Institute (3Ai) and Florence Violet McKenzie Chair at The Australian National University (ANU). She is also a Vice President and a Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation. Genevieve completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998. She is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development and widely recognised as an influential voice within academia, industry and government.

Genevieve joined the ANU in 2017, after having spent 18 years in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel’s product development and social science and design research capabilities. In 2017, Genevieve was appointed the inaugural director of the 3A Institute, co-founded by the ANU and CSIRO's Data61. The Institute’s mission is to establish a new branch of engineering to responsibly and sustainably scale AI-enabled cyber-physical systems.

Genevieve is the inaugural appointee to the Florence Violet McKenzie Chair at the ANU, named in honour Australia’s first female electrical engineer, which promotes the inclusive use of technology in society. She also presented the highly acclaimed ABC Boyer Lectures for 2017, in which she investigated what it means to be human, and Australian, in a digital world.

Genevieve has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Board, Member of the Prime Minister’s National Science and Technology Council, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH),  SRI International Engelbart Distinguished Fellow and an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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Publications and Papers (select pubs since 1999)

  1. Pesce, M and Bell, G., 2018. 1968. The Year the World Began. Next billion seconds. https://nextbillionseconds.com/2018/11/23/1968-when-the-world-began-part-one-the-pivot/
  2. Bell, G., 2017. Smart, Fast and Connected: being human and Australian in 21st century. Australian Broadcast Corporation’s Boyer Lectures. https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/boyerlectures/series/2017-boyer-lectures/8869370
  3. Bell, G., 2017. Making life: a brief history of human-robot interaction. Consumption Markets & Culture, pp.1-20.
  4. Pink, S., Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Nettheim, J. and Bell, G., 2017. Digital work and play: Mobile technologies and new ways of feeling at home. European Journal of Cultural Studies, p. 1–13
  5. Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A., & Bell, G. (Eds). 2016. The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Routledge.
  6. Bell, G and Jungnickel, K. 2015. Thicker Description: Experiments in Representing Multi-sited ethnography. In final draft.
  7. Bell, G. 2015. “Ducks, dolls & robots: A cartography of magical thinking.” American Philosophical Society, Occasional Publications. In preparation
  8. Bell, G. 2105. “The Secret Life of Data.” in Boellstorff and Maurer’s (eds) Data: Now Bigger and Better. Prickly Paradigm Press.
  9. L. Hjorth, H. Horst, S. Pink, B. Zhou, F. Kato, G. Bell, K. Ohashi, C. Malmo, and M. Xiao. 2015. “Locating the Mobile: Genealogies of Locative Media in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne” in Martin and Tania Lewis' (eds)  Lifestyle Media in Asia, London: Routledge.
  10. Bell, G and P. Dourish. 2014. “Resistance is Futile: Reading Science Fiction and Ubiquitous Computing”.  Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Vol 18:4, p 769-778
  11. Bell, G. 2011. Unpacking Anthropology at Intel. AnthroNotes. Vol 32: 2 http://anthropology.si.edu/outreach/anthnote/Fall2011web.pdf
  12. Bell, G. 2011. Life, Death and the iPad: Cultural Symbols and Steve Jobs. Communications of the ACM. Vol. 54 No. 12, Pp 24-25. http://cacm.acm.org/opinion/articles/142549-life-death-and-the-ipad-cultural-symbols-and-steve-jobs/fulltext
  13. Zafiroglu, A., Plowman, T., Healey, J., Graumann, D. Bell, G. and Corriveau, P. The Ethnographic (U) Turn.  2011. Automotive UI 2011, Salzburg, Austria.
  14. Zafiroglu, A., Bell, G. and Healey, J. 2011. (C)archeology: Car Turn Outs and Automobility.  Automotive UI 2011, Salzburg, Austria.
  15. Dourish, P. and Bell, G. 2011. Divining a Digital Future: mess and mythology in ubiquitous computing. MIT Press.
  16. Bell, G and BD Johnson. 2011. Watching Viewers. Technology Review.
  17. Bell, G. 2010. Getting Connected, Staying Connected: Exploring South Australia’s Digital Futures. South Australian Government Printers.
  18. Bell, G. 2009. “Be naked as often as possible”: Anthropological Advice. In M. Chimsky-Lustig’s Creating a Life You'll Love. Sellers Publishing, Maine.
  19. Jungnickel, K & Bell, G. 2009. Home is where the hub is? Wireless infrastructures and the nature of domestic culture in Australia. In Foth, m (Eds). Urban informatics. Foth, m. (ed.) Handbook of research on urban informatics: the practice and promise of the real-time city. Hershey, Pa: Information Science Reference, IGI Global.
  20. Gregg, M and Bell G. 2008. “Through Country Women”: The Role of the Country Women’s Association in Australian Rural Connectivity.” Communications Policy & Research Forum, Australia 2008
  21. Bell G and A Zafiroglu. 2008. Teaching Intel to love TV. EuroITV2008, Austria, 2008.
  22. Bell, G & P. Dourish. 2007. Back to the Shed: Gendered visions of technology & domesticity. Personal & Ubiquitous Computing: At Home with IT. 11(5), 373-381.
  23. Dourish, P. & Bell, G. 2007. The Infrastructure of Experience and the Experience of Infrastructure: Meaning and Structure in Everyday Encounters with Space.  Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. 2007, 34: 414- 430
  24. Bell, G. 2007. There’s no place like … illam, casa, batch, haupt … home. Introduction, The Curious Home: an exhibition of electronic furniture and Fittings, Catalog, Interaction Research Studio from Goldsmiths, University of London.
  25. Bell, G. and Dourish, P. 2007. Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Notes on Ubiquitous Computing’s Dominant Vision. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 11(2), 133-143.
  26. Bell, G. 2007. Just Like Magic: Anthropological Musings on the History and Culture of Wireless Technologies. In G. Dobbie, Proceedings of the 30th Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC2007), Ballarat, Australia. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, Vol 62: 3.
  27. Bell, G., Bourdonnec, F and K, Jungnickel. 2007.  Seeing the world through other people’s eyes: Ten experiments in research. Intel Digital Home Group, Portland Oregon, USA.
  28. Bell, G and K, Jungnickel. 2006. Edges of Homes. Intel Digital Home Group, Portland Oregon, USA.
  29. Bell, G and Johnson BD. 2006. Parasites. Ambidextrous, Fall
  30. Dourish, P. and Bell, G. 2006. Is the Digital Home a Dangerous Home? Ambidextrous, Summer, 37-39.
  31. Bell, G. 2006. Satu Keluarga, Satu Komputer, [One home, one computer]: Cultural Accounts of ICTs in South and Southeast Asia. Design Issues, Vol 22:2. MIT Press
  32. Bell, G. 2006. No More SMS from Jesus: Ubiquitous Computing and Techno-spiritual Practices. In .P. Dourish and A. Friday (Eds.): Ubicomp 2006, LNCS 4206, 2006: 141 – 158. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
  33. Bell, G., M. Blythe and P. Sengers. 2005. Making by making strange: defamiliarization and the design of domestic technologies. Transactions of CHI – Special Issue on Social Issues, June 2005. 12(2): 149-173.
  34. Dourish, P., Brewer, J., and Bell, Genevieve. 2005. Information as a Cultural Category. Interactions, 14(4), 31-33.
  35. Bell, G.. 2005. The age of the thumb: a cultural reading of mobile technologies from Asia. In Peter Glotz , Stefan Bertschi and Chris Locke (eds.) Thumb culture: Social trends and mobile phone use. Verlag, pg 67-88
  36. Bell, G., J. Landay and S. Saponas. 2005. Digital Simplicity: Usable Personal Ubicomp. Less is more - Simple Computing in an Age of Complexity. Microsoft Research Cambridge. May 2005.
  37. Bell, G., B. Foucault and R. Ryan. 2004. Techniques for researching and designing products in an unstable world: a case study. CHI Extended Abstracts, 2004, 1481-1484.
  38. Bell, G. 2004. Insights into Asia: Same Technologies, Different Attitudes and Reasons for Use. Technology at Intel Magazine.
  39. http://www.intel.com/technology/magazine/research/rs06041.pdf
  40. Bell, G. 2004. Field Notes: Intimate Computing. IEEE Internet Computing, 2004, 8 (6): 91-93.
  41. Bell, G. 2004. Review of Catherine and Harriet Beecher's The American Woman's Home (1869). Women's Studies International Forum.
  42. Bell, G. 2004. The age of auspicious computing: ethnographic accounts of religion and new technology. ACM Interactions. Special Issue on Play. 11: (5): 76-77.
  43. Bell, G. 2004. Field Notes: Auspicious Computing. IEEE Internet Computing, 2004, 8 (4): 83-85.
  44. Bell, G. 2003. Inside the discipline, outside the Academy: reflections on four years in industry. Anthropology in Action. (http://www.angelfire.com/rpg/anthropologyinaction/journal.html)
  45. Bell, G. 2003. The new museum? Introducing Information and communication technologies in museum spaces. New Heritage.
  46. Bell, G., M. Blythe, B. Gaver, P. Sengers, P. Wright. 2003. Designing Culturally Situated Technologies for the Home, Workshop, CHI Extended Abstracts 2003: 1062-1063.              
  47. Bell, G. and J. Kaye. 2002.  Designing Technology for Domestic Spaces: A kitchen manifesto. Gastromica: Journal of food & Culture. Spring 2002: 2:46-62.
  48. Bell, G. 2002. ICTs in Asia: a cultural account. Asia Pacific Economics and Business Conference, Conference Proceedings.  Edited M. Azali et al. Serdang, 2002. pp:479-490. Oct.1 ‘02.
  49. Bell, G. 2001. Looking Across the Atlantic: Using Ethnographic Methods to make sense of Europe. Intel Technical Journal, Q3, 2001, p1-10.
  50. Bell, G. 1999. The Museum as ‘cultural ecology’: A study. ftp://download.intel.com/labs/about/download/museum.pdf
  51. Salvador, T., G. Bell and K. Anderson. 1999. Design Ethnography.  Design Management Journal, Vol.10 #4, 1999: 9-12.



  1. TECHNIQUE AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING VIDEO AND DIALOG TO BUILD VIEWING CONTEXT. #20130346144. 2013. With Bran Ferren, Dimitri Negroponte, Eric Lawrence Angelson, Cory J. Booth.
  2. TOUCH SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD. #20130335349. 2013. With Bran Ferren, Dimitri Negroponte, Cory J. Booth.
  3. CAPTURE AND RECALL OF HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM SESSION #20130332535. 2013. with Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth.
  4. TECHNIQUES FOR A DISPLAY NAVIGATION SYSTEM. #20130326399. 2013. With Bran Ferren, Schawn A. Jasmann, Cory J. Booth, David B. Andersen
  5. INTELLIGENT REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM #20130322846. 2013. with Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth.
  6. TECHNIQUES FOR OBJECT BASED OPERATIONS. #20130321570. 2013. with Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth.
  7. TECHNIQUES TO CUSTOMIZE A MEDIA PROCESSING SYSTEM. #20130290233. 2013. With Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth, David B. Andersen
  8. REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE.  #20130154811. 2013. With Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth.
  10. STANDARDIZING USER INTERFACE ACROSS MULTIPLE CONTENT RESOURCES.20090150427. 2007. With Eric Kim & Brian David Johnson.
  11. METHOD AND APPARATUS TO SELECT CONTENT. 6831570. 2004. Steven E. Barile, Genevieve Bell, Scott D. Mainwaring, Timothy L. Brooke
  12. SECURE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SYSTEM, # 20040201751. 2004. With Timothy L. 


Engelbart Distinguished Fellow

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Fellow, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)

Overall winner & Innovation Awardee, 2016 Advance Global Australian Awards, October 2017. https://www.advance.org/genevieve-bell/

Selected as one of 25 high-profile women contributing outfits and interviews. Fashion and Power Exhibit, Design Museum, London, October 2014. https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/women-fashion-power

Named one of the Most Influential Women in Technology, Elle Magazine’s Inaugural list 2014 . http://www.elle.com/life-love/society-career/most-influential-women-in-technology-4#slide-4

Named Woman of Vision, Anita Borg Foundation, May 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBefh7J8vZA

Named one of 25 smartest women on Twitter. Fast Company, August 2013.

Inducted into Women in Technology International (WITI), Hall of Fame, July 2012. http://www.witi.com/center/witimuseum/halloffame/248075/Genevieve-Bell,-Ph.D.-Intel-Fellow;-Director,-User-Interaction-and-Experience,-Intel-Labs-Intel-Corporation/

Always ON, Top 25 Women to watch in Technology, June 2010.

Most Influential Women in Technology. Fast Company. March 2010

100 Most Creative People in Industry (#45). Fast Company, June 2009.

Notable Women in Technology. Fast Company, January 2009.

South Australian Thinker in Residence, 2008.

Intel Achievement Award. "For greatly expanding Intel's understanding of Asian consumers". Nominated: DPG/CTG. 2004.

Corporate Communication Group DRA. "For successfully driving Intel's tech leadership and technology impact on women messaging into worldwide press coverage." 2004

Intel Research DRA. For up-leveling SRP results into business groups. 2004.

With Ryan Russell, Dean Cluff, Patrick Wang, Tom Ryle, Genevieve Bell, 2004. Desktop Platforms Group DRA. For China Home Learning PC.

Intel Quality Award. From Home Products Group. 2002

Named one of 15 Intel Distinguished Guest Lectures. 2003.

Home Products Group DRA. For ethnographic research in APAC. 2001.

With Tony Salvador, John Sherry. Home Products Group DRA. For ethnographic research in Europe. 2000.


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