City of sojourners versus city of settlers: transnationalism, location and identity among Taiwanese professionals in London and TorontoCity of sojourners versus city of settlers: transnationalism, location and identity among Taiwanese professionals in London and Toronto

Visiting Cairo in 2010I am Professor of Business Anthropology at Royal Holloway, University of London.

I am an author who writes guidebooks to SF television series, plays, audio dramas, novels and stories.

In all forms, I write about gender and ethnic identity, globalisation and nationalism, networking, and how people deal with the changing working world.





A video of my talk at Eastercon 2018, "The Colour Out Of Space Opera: Colour, Style and Symbolism from Forbidden Planet to Battlestar Galactica" can now be viewed at Youtube.

I will be attending the Academy Of International Business (UK and Ireland) conference on 12-14 April; in particular, I'll be leading the WAIB panel on Saturday on women and academic careers. Please come along and contribute!

I will also be on a panel at the London Science Fiction Research Community's annual conference, this year on "Sublime Cognition", September 15 2018 at Birkbeck College, University of London. Click the link for details of the conference and group.

Very exciting news: My first novel, "Driving Ambition", has been acquired by Bundoran Press. From their Press Release:

Attending the Gauda Prime Blake's 7 convention in 2015"In the not-too-distant future, intelligent Things are recognized as sentient beings--but do they have the same rights as humans? And what about the free-floating Intelligents deep within the Internet. Thompson Jennings is a man with unique problems and unique abilities--he can interface between the human and machine worlds, acting as a go-between in labour negotiations and other disputes. But when one his clients, a sentient taxicab, is murdered, his problems multiply and his abilities are stretched to the limit."

Publication is scheduled for autumn 2018. More info and links later!

More exciting news: My short story "Proteus in the City" will be published in Tesseracts 21: Nevertheless. Updates as they appear!

Convention appearances: I'll be attending The Capitol and Nine Worlds.

I'm quoted in the Financial Times of 13 December 2017 on the subject of women in family businesses-- click the link to read it.

My short story "Morning in the Republic of America" is now published in Bundoran Press' Canada 150 anthology 49th Parallels-- click the link to buy it.

I've been interviewed for Time for Cakes and Ale's new The Prisoner-themed podcast, The Tally Ho-- talking about the 50th anniversary of the series, and writing about classic TV. Click the link for more.
After giving a keynote speech at Kristu Jayanti College, India, in 2015
Two of my panels at Worldcon 75 were recorded and can be viewed on the convention's Youtube channel-- click the titles to view Romance and the Female Gaze and The Future of Doctor Who. Meanwhile, the draft text of my talk on "Westworld, Tourism and Exploitation" can now be read at

 I've put a video of me presenting the paper "Best Thing Is Just to Get On With It: Postcolonialism in 1980s Doctor Who", as previously heard at Nine Worlds Geekfest and the Stone Tapes Symposium at the University of Lincoln, on Youtube-- click the title for part 1, and a draft of the paper can be read here.

Another new publication, this one in the latest Review of Sociology (Issue 49, edited by Christoph Dőrrenbacher and Mike Geppert). You can find my chapter, "Altered States of Consciousness: MNCs and Ethnographic Studies", at the link.

Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management Journal has released the Special Issue on Gender in International Business and Management which I coedited with Susan Forquer Gupta, Amanda Bulloch and Tugba Kalafatoglu; click here for table of contents you can read our review essay for free here.

Routledge are making free e-inspection copies of my monograph Transnational Business Cultures: Life and Work in a Multinational Corporation available to lecturers-- click the link to order yours.

Anthropology books

Professional Identities (with Shirley Ardener)


By Your Command: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Battlestar Galactica vol. 1

Audio dramas

Kaldor City: Metafiction


Blood and Water