Kirsten Bell is Professor of Social Anthropology in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Roehampton. She has published widely on the anthropology of public health and her most recent book is Health and Other Unassailable Values: Reconfigurations of Health, Evidence and Ethics (Routledge, 2017). Her five-year editorial stint with a commercially-published academic journal stimulated an interest in open access and led to her decision to complete a Master of Publishing at Simon Fraser University to explore alternative models of scholarly publishing. She has published papers in Medicine Anthropology Theory and tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique on the politics of scholarly knowledge production in journals.
Dominic Boyer is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and Founding Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, the first research center in the world designed specifically to promote research on the energy/environment nexus in the arts, humanities and social sciences. He is part of the editorial collective of the journal Cultural Anthropology (2015-2018) and also edits the Expertise: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge book series for Cornell University Press. His most recent monograph is The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era (Cornell University Press, 2013). He has recently co-edited Theory Can Be More Than it Used to Be (Cornell University Press, 2015) and has co-developed The Energy Humanities Reader for Johns Hopkins University Press. His next book, Energopolitics, is part of a collaborative multimedia duograph with Cymene Howe, with whom he co-hosts the “Cultures of Energy” podcast (available on iTunes and Stitcher).
Alberto Corsín Jiménez is Reader in Social Anthropology in the Department of the History of Science at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid. He is a founding member of Ciudad Escuela, the world’s first open source infrastructure of urban apprenticeships. He is the author of An anthropological trompe l’oeil for a common world (Berghahn, 2013) and editor of Culture and Well-Being: Anthropological Approaches to Freedom and Political Ethics (Pluto, 2008), The Anthropology of Organisations (Ashgate, 2007) and Prototyping Cultures: Art, Science and Politics in Beta (Routledge, 2016). His current work examines the rise of an urban commons movement and the development of open-source urban hardware projects by architects, artists and engineers.
Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment at the Institute for Society and Genetics and in the department of Information Studies. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.
Marcel LaFlamme is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. He holds a Masters in library and information science from Simmons College, and he serves on the executive board of the Society for the Anthropology of Work. He is currently completing a dissertation on unmanned pilot training and changing regimes of work on the American Great Plains.
John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education, Stanford University and Professor (Part-Time) Publishing Studies, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, SFU Library. He is also the Director of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). John started PKP in 1998 at the University of British Columbia in an effort to create greater public and global access to research and scholarship through the use of new publishing technologies. He is the author of, among other books, Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).