Dr Matthew Gwynfryn Thomas
anthropologist; data scientist; columnist, SAPIENS

Matthew Gwynfryn Thomas is a hybrid anthropologist and data scientist working in the humanitarian sector. His work attempts to understand the risks faced by the UK’s most vulnerable people and communities. He also writes a column for anthropology magazine SAPIENS exploring the human side of the so-called ‘artificial intelligence revolution’.

Matthew’s science journalism has previously appeared in SciDev.Net, BioNews, and The Conversation, among other outlets. He also dabbles in writing fiction and poetry, which he promises not to recite during the festival.

Matthew’s anthropological research uses evolutionary theories of cooperation to understand how people in marginalised ethnic minority communities – particularly Saami people in Norway’s Arctic region, Mosuo people in southwest China, and Tibetan people on the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau – work together as herders and farmers.

Follow Matthew on Twitter: @matthewgthomas


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