Study Groups

Information, Technology and Development

ITD Study GroupThis group covers all aspects of the relationship between the development process and "informatics" (meaning 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.

Latest News

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 free access during Sept/Oct 2014. It defines and analyses inclusive innovation, and identifies future policy and research priorities.

Using Actor-Network Theory in Development Research

  • Working Paper “Actor-Network Theory for Development” working paper series: arising from the study group meeting
  • Foundational paperDevelopment Studies Research and Actor-Network Theory – provides a primer on actor-network theory including pros and cons; explores ANT’s relevance to current trends in development thinking and practice; and outlines development research questions that ANT may help address.
  • The remaining seven papers in the series use different fractions and degrees of ANT to investigate a variety of development issues.  The overall purpose is to help development studies researchers decide whether ANT may be relevant for their work and, if so, how and what to apply.
  • We will consider further working papers: if you have a relevant paper, you are welcome to submit it for consideration:
  • Please join us in the virtual space for researchers interested in using actor-network theory in development research


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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 >Presentations
>Working Paper
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)