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

See details of next Study Group meeting below.

Panel on 'Power, Politics and Digital Development'

The study group will be holding a panel on “Power, Politics and Digital Development” at the DSA2016 conference.  The panel will cover the broad intersection of power, politics and digital development including both directionalities – the impact of power and politics on design, diffusion, implementation and outcomes of ICT application; and the impact of ICT application on power and politics – and their mutual interaction.

Prospective presenters should submit a “paper proposal” (title, author names & emails, short abstract of <300 characters; long abstract of <250 words) via the conference site with a deadline of 25 April 2016. More details online here.

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: 12/07/2016

Next meeting agenda:

The next ITD Study Group meeting will be a workshop on “Big and Open Data for International Development”, held on 12th July 2016 in Manchester.

The aim of the workshop is to share socio-technical, socio-organisational and critical research on “data revolution” trends: most notably big data and open data.  We hope the workshop will shape a future research agenda and form the basis for future research partnerships.

We have 12 speakers confirmed, covering data justice, statistical analysis with big data, open data and accountability, and data institutionalisation among other topics. 

More details online.

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)