Biography

Dr Tom Chatfield (@TomChatfield) is a British writer, tech philosopher and educator. His books exploring contemporary culture—most recently Live This Book! (Penguin) and the best-selling textbook Critical Thinking (SAGE Publishing), researched as a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute—are published in over thirty languages. His debut novel, This is Gomorrah (Hodder), was published worldwide in July 2019. It was a Sunday Times thriller of the month, and is currently long-listed for the CWA Steel Dagger for the year’s best thriller.

Tom is interested in improving our understanding of digital technology, and its uses in policy, education and engagement. He’s particularly interested in the teaching and practice of critical thinking skills, and has worked with schools, universities and companies around their development, as well as creating award-winning online courses for both academic institutions and businesses.

Tom is currently technology and media advisor at Agathos LLP; a Non Executive Director at the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society and at the Copyright Licensing Agency; a faculty member at London’s School of Life; an Associate at Perspectiva, focusing on researching the ethics of technology; a Master’s Committee member at the Economics Research Council; a guest faculty member at the Said Business School, Oxford; and a senior expert at the Global Governance Institute.

His past collaborators include Google, the BBC, Channel 4 Education, Facebook, Mind Candy, Shift, Flamingo London, Six to Start, Preloaded, Firefish, Future Lab, Sense Worldwide, SAGE Publications, Sugru and Allianz. Tom took his doctorate and taught at St John’s College, Oxford, and continues to guest lecture at universities across the world.

As a speaker and broadcaster, Tom’s appearances include TED Global and the Cannes Lions Festival; authors@Google; the World Congress on Information Technology; Science Foo Camp; Intelligence Squared; the Houses of Parliament; Aspen Seminars for Leaders; the RSA, Royal Society and Royal Institution; and venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the Googleplex.

A launch columnist for the BBC’s worldwide technology site, BBC Future, Tom writes and commentate widely in the international media, as well as guest lecturing at universities in the UK and Europe. He is a regular on BBC radio and television, and broadcasts around the world.

He is represented for writing and broadcasting by Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit, and for speaking and appearances by Chartwell and VBQ Speakers.

When not working, he plays jazz piano and drinks too much coffee.