I am interested in the emerging and changing practices, processes and discourses related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in organisational and social transformation. My research draws upon theories and concepts from multiple disciplines including information systems, Science and Technology Studies, organisational studies, and development studies.
A core area of my research is ICT for Development (ICT4D) which explores the role of digital technology in engendering sustainable social and economic development, with particular interests in marginality and inequality. My work ranges from critically evaluating ICT4D using Sen’s capability approach, to empirical investigation on the enactment of digital technology in the life and work of marginalised social groups, and in the transformation of the public sphere and state-society relationship. My current projects include the use of mobile phones among migrant workers and sex workers.
Another stream of my research relates to organisational learning and innovation through co-located and distributed collaboration, which is increasingly prominent phenomenon in digital era.
I am co-convenor of the Digital Organisation and Society Research Theme Group at the School of Management, RHUL, which encompasses an interdisciplinary group of scholars working at the forefront of research that addresses the implications of digital technology for organisations and society. We seek to collaborate with other disciplines working in this area to pursue novel insights into emerging issues, and to collaborate with organizations and institutions to provide innovative solutions to practical problems.
I welcome PhD applications to conduct qualitative research in the area of ICT for Development, or critical issues in the digital economy such as inclusive innovation, digital labour, privacy and surveillance, and state-society relationship.
Key words: ICT4D, digital inclusion, digital innovation, distributed collaboration, creolisation framework, collective action, cyberactivism, Sen’s capability approach