20 Best Ethnography Podcasts of 2021

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Are you wanting to learn more about ethnography ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best ethnography podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Ethnography Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Ethnography Atelier Podcast

  • Publisher: Ruthanne Huising and Pedro Monteiro
  • Total Episodes: 9

The Ethnography Atelier podcast discusses research methods with accomplished qualitative researchers. We talk to guests about their experiences of conducting research in and around organizations, the challenges they faced and the understandings they gained. The podcast is an initiative of the Ethnography Atelier at emlyon business school which promotes ethnographic and other qualitative research. For more information please visit our website at www.ethnographyatelier.org

Vsi: The Podcast

  • Publisher: Hannah Picklyk & Kaitlin Vitt
  • Total Episodes: 11

There’s a lot more to Ukrainian dance than red boots and a big smile. Vsi is a Ukrainian dance and culture podcast that shares stories from choreographers, dancers, and instructors while discussing popular topics such as ethnography, music, and the art of dance. In Ukrainian, Vsi means “all, all of, everyone, everybody.” And that’s what hosts Hannah Picklyk and Kaitlin Vitt are here to talk about — anything and everything related to Ukrainian dance and culture.

Anthropological Airwaves

  • Publisher: Anthropological Airwaves
  • Total Episodes: 22

Anthropological Airwaves is the official podcast of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association. It is a venue for highlighting the polyphony of voices across the discipline’s four fields and the infinite—and often overlapping—subfields within them. Through conversations, experiments in sonic ethnography, ethnographic journalism, and other (primarily but not exclusively) aural formats, Anthropological Airwaves endeavors to explore the conceptual, methodological, and pedagogical issues that shape anthropology’s past, present, and future; experiment with new ways of conversing, listening, and asking questions; and collaboratively and collectively push the boundaries of what constitutes anthropological knowledge production. Anthropological Airwaves shares the journal’s commitment to advancing research on the archaeological, biological, linguistic, and sociocultural aspects of the human experience by featuring the work of those who study and practice anthropology within and beyond the academy.

The Mindful Cranks

  • Publisher: Ronald Purser
  • Total Episodes: 35

The Mindful Cranks broadly explores the cultural translation of Buddhism in the West, various facets of Buddhist modernism, and the mainstreaming of mindfulness in secular contexts. The podcast serves as a forum for voices that go beyond the dominant narratives which have been thus far uncritical of consumerism, medicalization, psychologization, corporatization and self-help approaches. Drawing from a wide range of disciplines — the humanities, philosophy, cultural studies, education, critical pyschology, religious studies, and sociology—The Mindful Cranks welcomes new conversations that challenge the priviledging of scientific materialism, methodological individualism, reductionism, and neoliberalism. Our guests are leading edge scholars, authors, teachers, practitioners and activists that share a mutual interest in civic mindfulness and socially engaged contemplative methods. A wide range of diverse perspectives–including critical theory, critical pedagogy, ethnography, Foucauldian governmentality, feminism, hermeneutics, critical race theory, critical management studies, socially engaged Buddhism, political economy–provide the “cranky” intellectual tools for socially engaged contemplative change.


  • Publisher: Oxford University
  • Total Episodes: 475

Podcasts from the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. The School is renowned for its contributions to anthropological theory, its commitment to long-term ethnographic fieldwork, and its association with the Pitt Rivers Museum and the anthropology of visual and material culture. Home to over forty academic staff, over a hundred doctoral students, twelve Master’s programmes, and two undergraduate degrees (Human Sciences; Archaeology and Anthropology), Oxford anthropology is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant centres for teaching and research in the discipline. It came top of the Power (research excellence + volume) rankings for anthropology in the UK in RAE 2008.

EthnoPod – Understanding People and Culture with Jay Hasbrouck

  • Publisher: This is HCD – Human Centered Design Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 6

Understanding organisational culture and how people work is integral to the success of our work. In this podcast we discuss ethnography and anthropology and it’s relationship to the human-centered design. We discuss research techniques to better understand the problems we are trying to solve.

UX Research Podcast

  • Publisher: Lon Taylor
  • Total Episodes: 3

Join us for compelling interviews, inspiring stories and educational discussions about the world of user experience research including usability testing, ethnography, focus groups and innovation workshops. Host and Principal UX Researcher at First Insights, Lon Taylor explores topics based on the real world challenges faced by UX designers, market research professionals, brand strategists and project managers in a variety of industries.

Question Authority

  • Publisher: EnquireLabs
  • Total Episodes: 6

Question Authority helps DTC brands and marketers absorb best practices (or break bad habits) in the art & science of questions… be it zero-party data, the qualitative layer, ethnography, surveys, behavioral science, or other types of market research. Powered by EnquireLabs, Shopify’s leading platform for surveys and question streams.

No Country for Digital Ethnography

  • Publisher: Deanna
  • Total Episodes: 1

In this miniseries Seamus and Deanna discuss their research, the changes brought about by Covid-19, and transitions to digital ethnography

413 Ethnography

  • Publisher: The Sophian
  • Total Episodes: 13

413 Ethnography is a show from the Smith College Sophian bringing you into conversation with the locals of the Pioneer Valley. Hosted and edited by Amrita Acharya ’23.

Shawn Schaller

  • Publisher: Shawn Schaller
  • Total Episodes: 43

What does it take to be a retro gamer? To “get into” retro gaming? Through the powers of experiential and observational ethnography combined with pure stupidity, I’m going to break retro gaming into its most essential parts, and figure out the most relatable approach to the hobby for the Average Joe and the Shawn Everynerd.

Service Lab

  • Publisher: Service Lab London
  • Total Episodes: 8

Service Lab is a podcast featuring talks given by leading service designers on their work and experiences. Our speakers include people like the Head of Service Design at GDS or Head of Product at UsTwo. And our talks range from case studies on online services to masterclasses on ethnography.

Decoding Culture with Dr John Curran

  • Publisher: Decoding Culture with Dr John Curran
  • Total Episodes: 7

In the Decoding Podcast, Dr John Curran speaks to a range of interesting guests that provide insights into how everyday culture shapes how we work, consume and live our lives. The podcast will focus on the importance that culture plays in all areas of business and society, from how it shapes organisations and work to how it influences consumer experience, design, and larger societal trends. By exploring culture through anthropology and ethnography, the podcast will give listeners new perspectives on organisational culture, work, innovation, leadership, design and consumer behaviour.

Product Nuggets

  • Publisher: Thomas Essl
  • Total Episodes: 23

Every day of creating digital products presents new challenges. Join seasoned designer Thomas Essl as he shares practical advice and insights from the intersection of business, technology, and design. No matter your role in a team or the size of your company; If you play a part in the digital economy, this is the podcast for you. Topics covered include ethnography, research, product design, user experience, product management, AI (artificial intelligence) and more. Stay tuned for bonus episodes with eminent members of the industry. If you have a thought or question you would like to share with me, you can do so via Twitter @Thomas_Essl or send an email to [email protected].

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-madinah and Meccah by BURTON, Richard Francis

  • Publisher: LibriVox
  • Total Episodes: 57

Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 – 1890) was an English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, linguist, poet, hypnotist, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia and Africa as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and African languages.Burton’s best-known achievements include traveling in disguise to Mecca, The Book of One Thousand Nights and A Night, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights, bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English, and journeying with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans led by Africa’s greatest explorer guide, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, utilizing route information by Indian and Omani merchants who traded in the region, to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile. Burton extensively criticized colonial policies (to the detriment of his career) in his works and letters. He was a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects including human behavior, travel, fencing, sexual practices, and ethnography. A unique feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and unexpurgated information. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Allegra Lab

  • Publisher: Allegra Lab
  • Total Episodes: 35

Allegra Lab is a collective of academics and an online experiment founded in 2013. Allegra Lab aims to enliven the “dead space” between standard academic publication and fast moving public debates. It addresses sociopolitical issues informed by the beauty of ethnography and the critical potential of anthropology.

UX Research Podcast

  • Publisher: Lon Taylor
  • Total Episodes: 3

Join us for compelling interviews, inspiring stories and educational discussion about the world of user experience research including usability testing, ethnography, focus group and innovation workshops. Host and principal UX Researcher at First Insights, Lon Taylor explores topic based on real word challenges faced by UX designers, market research professionals, brand strategists and project managers in a variety if industries.

Pitt Rivers Museum

  • Publisher: Oxford University
  • Total Episodes: 22

Pitt Rivers Museum at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography in Oxford houses archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world.

Rapport: The Informal Ethnographer Podcast » MP3

  • Publisher: Alexandre Enkerli
  • Total Episodes: 10

An informal podcast about ethnography and ethnographic disciplines.

Institute for Science, Innovation and Society

  • Publisher: Oxford University
  • Total Episodes: 22

The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) researches and informs key contemporary and emerging issues and processes of social, scientific, and technological change. We combine the highest standards of scholarship and relevance to pursue and disseminate timely research in the UK and worldwide. We collaborate with leading thinkers around the world and welcome them to Oxford as visiting researchers. We nurture early career researchers through research fellowships in our various programmes. InSIS is based at Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, one of the world’s largest and most vibrant centres for teaching and research in the field. As an interdisciplinary institute, InSIS welcomes the participation of researchers from all departments of the University of Oxford in its research programmes and outreach activities.

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