10 facts about our Research Manager, Dr. Anna Gurun

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AGContinuing the celebrations for our upcoming 10th anniversary this October, now less than three weeks away, here are 10 interesting facts about our Research Manager, Dr. Anna Gurun.

1.When did you join Hot Spots Movement?

I joined last April. 

2. What’s your role at Hot Spots Movement?

I work in the research team, which involves shaping the research for our Masterclasses and working on bespoke client consulting projects and workshops.

3. What has been the most interesting project to work on? 

It’s more a type of project, but I love analysing and writing the reports for our Jam projects, using content analysis to source insights for organisations from thousands of employees.

4. What clients do you work with?

I work with a wide range of clients, and find this diversity one of the most interesting parts of the job.

5. What has been your favourite piece of research to work on, or your favourite Masterclass?

I love the conceptual elements of Masterclass research, and found our recent one on Building Narratives on the Future of Work fascinating to work on. Being so research-driven, we’re able to be multi-disciplinary in our approach, and I enjoyed finding out more about the power of stories and narratives and bringing in insights from sociology, anthropology and neuroscience. 

6. What is your favourite part of your role at Hot Spots Movement?

Definitely the variety of projects. I like having the opportunity to do both theoretical, conceptual research and the more practical, consulting projects.

7. What has been your favourite place to travel to with Hot Spots Movement?

I loved visiting Sydney to run our workshop there, despite the jet lag.

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the last year?

So hard to choose! For fiction, I would say I Still Dream by James Smythe, which explores AI and the relationship between humans and technology, or A Corpse in the Koryo, which is a North Korea set crime thriller. For non-fiction, I loved Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin, and New Power by Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans.

9. What does no one know about you?

I used to live in Paris, so am always interested in projects that would allow me to use my French.

10. What one thing do you think will define your future of work?

Change. My working live so far has taken me to different cities and different roles, and I think future transformations, whether in location, job role or interests are almost inevitable. 


To find out more or to speak to Anna about her ongoing work, contact anna@hotspotsmovement.com.

Keep an eye out for next week’s 10 facts on our Digital Support Manager, David Takacs!

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