Professor Bell is the Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation. Prof Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.
Prof Bell joined the ANU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in February 2017, after having spent the past 18 years in Silicon Valley helping guide Intel’s product development by developing the company’s social science and design research capabilities.
Prof Bell now heads the newly established Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, launched in September 2017 by the ANU in collaboration with CSIRO's Data61, in building a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology and their impact on humanity.
Prof Bell 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. Prof Bell also presented the highly acclaimed ABC Boyer Lectures for 2017, in which she interrogated what it means to be human, and Australian, in a digital world.
Prof Bell completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998.
Photo credit: Tegan Osborne
Publications and Papers (select pubs since 1999)
- Bell, G. 2017. “Making Life: A prehistory of robots & why it still matters today.” Journal of Consumption Markets & Culture. In preparation.
- Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A., & Bell, G. (Eds). 2016. The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Routledge.
- Bell, G and Jungnickel, K. 2015. Thicker Description: Experiments in Representing Multi-sited ethnography. In final draft.
- Bell, G. 2015. “Ducks, dolls & robots: A cartography of magical thinking.” American Philosophical Society, Occasional Publications. In preparation
- Bell, G. 2105. “The Secret Life of Data.” in Boellstorff and Maurer’s (eds) Data: Now Bigger and Better. Prickly Paradigm Press.
- 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.
- 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
- Bell, G. 2011. Unpacking Anthropology at Intel. AnthroNotes. Vol 32: 2 http://anthropology.si.edu/outreach/anthnote/Fall2011web.pdf
- 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
- Zafiroglu, A., Plowman, T., Healey, J., Graumann, D. Bell, G. and Corriveau, P. The Ethnographic (U) Turn. 2011. Automotive UI 2011, Salzburg, Austria.
- Zafiroglu, A., Bell, G. and Healey, J. 2011. (C)archeology: Car Turn Outs and Automobility. Automotive UI 2011, Salzburg, Austria.
- Dourish, P. and Bell, G. 2011. Divining a Digital Future: mess and mythology in ubiquitous computing. MIT Press.
- Bell, G and BD Johnson. 2011. Watching Viewers. Technology Review.
- Bell, G. 2010. Getting Connected, Staying Connected: Exploring South Australia’s Digital Futures. South Australian Government Printers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Bell G and A Zafiroglu. 2008. Teaching Intel to love TV. EuroITV2008, Austria, 2008.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Bell, G. and Dourish, P. 2007. Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Notes on Ubiquitous Computing’s Dominant Vision. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 11(2), 133-143.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bell, G and K, Jungnickel. 2006. Edges of Homes. Intel Digital Home Group, Portland Oregon, USA.
- Bell, G and Johnson BD. 2006. Parasites. Ambidextrous, Fall
- Dourish, P. and Bell, G. 2006. Is the Digital Home a Dangerous Home? Ambidextrous, Summer, 37-39.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Dourish, P., Brewer, J., and Bell, Genevieve. 2005. Information as a Cultural Category. Interactions, 14(4), 31-33.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Bell, G. 2004. Insights into Asia: Same Technologies, Different Attitudes and Reasons for Use. Technology at Intel Magazine.
- Bell, G. 2004. Field Notes: Intimate Computing. IEEE Internet Computing, 2004, 8 (6): 91-93.
- Bell, G. 2004. Review of Catherine and Harriet Beecher's The American Woman's Home (1869). Women's Studies International Forum.
- 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.
- Bell, G. 2004. Field Notes: Auspicious Computing. IEEE Internet Computing, 2004, 8 (4): 83-85.
- 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)
- Bell, G. 2003. The new museum? Introducing Information and communication technologies in museum spaces. New Heritage.
- 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.
- Bell, G. and J. Kaye. 2002. Designing Technology for Domestic Spaces: A kitchen manifesto. Gastromica: Journal of food & Culture. Spring 2002: 2:46-62.
- 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.
- Bell, G. 2001. Looking Across the Atlantic: Using Ethnographic Methods to make sense of Europe. Intel Technical Journal, Q3, 2001, p1-10.
- Bell, G. 1999. The Museum as ‘cultural ecology’: A study. ftp://download.intel.com/labs/about/download/museum.pdf
- Salvador, T., G. Bell and K. Anderson. 1999. Design Ethnography. Design Management Journal, Vol.10 #4, 1999: 9-12.
- 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.
- TOUCH SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD. #20130335349. 2013. With Bran Ferren, Dimitri Negroponte, Cory J. Booth.
- CAPTURE AND RECALL OF HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM SESSION #20130332535. 2013. with Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth.
- TECHNIQUES FOR A DISPLAY NAVIGATION SYSTEM. #20130326399. 2013. With Bran Ferren, Schawn A. Jasmann, Cory J. Booth, David B. Andersen
- INTELLIGENT REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM #20130322846. 2013. with Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth.
- TECHNIQUES FOR OBJECT BASED OPERATIONS. #20130321570. 2013. with Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth.
- TECHNIQUES TO CUSTOMIZE A MEDIA PROCESSING SYSTEM. #20130290233. 2013. With Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth, David B. Andersen
- REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE. #20130154811. 2013. With Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth.
- AGGREGRATION, STANDARDIZATION AND EXTENSION OF SOCIAL NETWORKING CONTACTS TO ENHANCE A TELEVISION CONSUMER EXPERIENCE.20090300502, 2009. With Brian David Johnson. 2009.
- STANDARDIZING USER INTERFACE ACROSS MULTIPLE CONTENT RESOURCES.20090150427. 2007. With Eric Kim & Brian David Johnson.
- METHOD AND APPARATUS TO SELECT CONTENT. 6831570. 2004. Steven E. Barile, Genevieve Bell, Scott D. Mainwaring, Timothy L. Brooke
- SECURE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SYSTEM, # 20040201751. 2004. With Timothy L.