Advancing the Value of Ethnography

Q&A with Tiffany Tivasuradej


Tell us about yourself in one sentence.

Anthropologist that’s exploring the future of work for her work and baking a lot when she’s not at work.

Why did you say ‘yes’ to being on an EPIC committee?

EPIC is such a great organisation and the annual conference is always fantastic – who could possibly not say yes to being on the EPIC committee?

When you think about the best proposals you read, what really made them stand out?

Relevancy to EPIC’s conference theme, a personal touch, and a compelling and actionable narrative that makes me think, “wow!”

Is there a particular talk you’re looking forward to?

I definitely look forward to the PechaKuchas as I’m helping to coordinate them! Keynote speakers are also always of interest to me too.

Is this your first EPIC? What are you looking forward to at EPIC2022?

I first joined EPIC in 2020 as a PechaKucha speaker (albeit online). In 2021 I was invited to act as one of the PechaKucha Curators, and now for 2022, I am a co-chair for the PechaKuchas. You can say that my journey at EPIC’s conferences has definitely progressed! And as for EPIC2022, I look forward to the networking, on top of the main conference itself.

What would you like to say to people who are considering coming to EPIC for the first time?

Look through the agenda in advance and plan your schedule strategically as there is a lot happening during the conference. Make sure you get enough rest as well, whether you’re joining in-person or online!

If you could recommend a book/article/podcast to our community, what would you recommend and why?

If you want to learn more about the fascinating topic of the future of work, here’s a great podcast that features one of the leading anthropologists researching this field, Melissa Fisher. I highly recommend this because we definitely need more anthropologists helping to ensure we design more human-centric workplaces.

EPIC2022 explores resilience, the ability to learn, adapt and evolve with adversity and changing conditions. Who should flex, resist, or adapt? What should be restored, abandoned, or reinvented? Resilience highlights the systemic, interconnected nature of disruption and survival—how organizations, products, services, communities, and our own work can be designed to learn, adapt and evolve.



Tiffany Tivasuradej, CBRE

Tiffany is a Senior Manager at CBRE and co-chair of the EPIC2022 PechaKucha Committee.