Mike Anusas is an anthropologist, designer and lecturer. His work is concerned with how materials, media and forms are socially shaped and how design influences social and environmental relations and structures of power. A key part of his work is a critique of the object and an exploration of alternative modes of perception and formation through notions of line, surface, textile and energy.
Originally educated in design at The Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow he worked in architectural, exhibition, packaging and product design to later study social anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. His work in practice has been freelance and with Buro Happold London and 4c Design Glasgow.
He has taught at The Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde and guest lectured at the University of Southern Denmark and University of Glasgow. His research is published in the journals Design Issues (MIT Press) and Cultural Anthropology (public open access) and in the recent edited volume Design Anthropological Futures (Bloomsbury).
He is currently the lead associate for design anthropology within the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for the Social Sciences and Humanities Knowing From the Inside (KFI): Anthropology, Art, Architecture and Design, an invited Open Studio tutor for Bauhaus Dessau, part of the Danish Design Anthropology Research Network (University of Southern Denmark, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) and Aarhus University) and working with colleagues at Durham University, PC University of Chile, and IT University of Copenhagen.
He is currently co-editing a Theorizing the Contemporary collection on Our Lives with Electrical Things for Cultural Anthropology and an edited volume on Surfaces for Routledge. Mike’s work is informed by his anthropological fieldwork and the writings of the media philosopher Vilém Flusser and the teaching and writings of anthropologist Tim Ingold. Mike is passionate about working with many cultures of creativity and learning and collaborates with practice, industry and the public sector.