Study Groups

Information, Technology and Development

ITD Study GroupThis group covers all aspects of the relationship between the development process and "informatics" (meaning digital data, information, information systems, knowledge, and ICTs). It covers both strategic/policy and tactical/project levels; and encompasses all lifecycle aspects: readiness, design and development, transfer and adoption, use and impact.

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Big and Open Data for International Development

The study group workshop was held at University of Manchester on 12th July 2016.  It produced:
a) A future research agenda for “data-intensive development”:
b) A network site for researchers and practitioners working in data-intensive development, which you are invited to join:
Abstracts and presentations from the workshop are available at: 

New Models of Inclusive Innovation for Development

The special issue of Innovation and Development journal on “New Models of Inclusive Innovation for Development” has now been published.
  • This incorporates six papers from the 2013 ITD Study Group meeting on innovation and development, held at the University of Manchester; three of which are on permanent open access.
  • The overview paper - is available via open access. It defines and analyses inclusive innovation, and identifies future policy and research priorities.

Using Actor-Network Theory in Development Research


Next meeting agenda:


Previous meeting(s):
Conference Location Date Documents
IT Sourcing and Development: New Drivers, Models and Impacts University of Manchester, UK
October 2014 >Details

New Models of Innovation for Development University of Manchester, UK July 2013 >Report
Understanding Development Through Actor-Network Theory Workshop London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK June 2011
>Working Papers
One-day workshop on "ICT Policy in Developing Countries" University of Manchester's Centre for Development Informatics March 2010 >Presentations
One-Day International Workshop on "Mobiles and Development" University of Manchester, UK May 2007
One-Day Workshop on "Gender and ICTs in a Global Society" University of Manchester, UK June 2006


Richard Heeks (University of Manchester, UK)