With over 20 yrs as a qualitative researcher mining insights for global clients, Piyul feels that she has lived in the eye of a hurricane, in the aftermath of globalization. Fascinated by larger changes in the Indian social fabric, she is now a doctoral student at IIT Bombay, studying ‘the decline of a city and its impact on women’. She also continues to enjoy working on projects for clients who are passionate about making the world a better place.
Maria spent over 10 years in advertising and research agencies (including ACNielsen, Publicis, BBDO), where she worked mainly as Media Research Director. She completed a dissertation on visual semiotics in 2004 and after that started working as a freelance semiotician with several international companies. She enjoyed the methodology so much that in 2009 she decided to make it her main field of specialization and founded semiotic and cultural research agency LocalTalk. Maria holds Masters (Hons) degree in Sociology and PhD in Social Psychology from State University of Management, Moscow.
Joshua Glenn, a commercial semiotics veteran with over 15 years' experience in the field, is co-principal of the Boston- and New York-based consultancy Semiovox, and emeritus co-founder (with former colleague Malcolm Evans) of this website, Semionaut. He is editor and author of several books, including SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS, THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY, and the bestselling family activity series UNBORED. More info here.