DSA Information, Technology and Development Study group
This 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.
Richard Heeks (University of Manchester)
Panel on 'Digital Development'
The study group will be holding a panel on “Digital Development” at the 2019 DSA conference. The panel welcomes papers that help us to conceptualise, to analyse, to evidence, to critique and, overall, to build a picture of what the emerging "digital development" paradigm looks like; mapping emergent patterns – ways in which new digital technologies are changing the processes and structures of development; developing new theoretical perspectives; and linking to local and global trends.
Prospective presenters should submit a “paper proposal” (title, author names & emails, short abstract of <300 characters; long abstract of <250 words) via the conference online form with a deadline of 16 Jan 2019. More details online here.
Panel on 'Digital Inequalities and Development'
The study group held a two-day panel on “Digital Inequalities and Development” at the DSA2018 conference.
Panel on ICT4D at the Bottom of the Pyramid
The study group supported the panel on “Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid: ICT4D and Informal Economic Inclusion”, which was held at DSA2017.
Panel on 'Power, Politics and Digital Development'
The study group held a one-day panel on “Power, Politics and Digital Development” at the 2016 DSA conference. For details of the 15 papers presented, see here.
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”: see here
b) A network site for researchers and practitioners working in data-intensive development, which you are invited to join: see here
Abstracts and presentations from the workshop are available here.
IT Sourcing and Development: New Drivers, Models and Impacts, University of Manchester, UK, October 2014
Download the report (PDF)
New Models of Innovation for Development, University of Manchester, UK, July 2013
Understanding Development Through Actor-Network Theory Workshop, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, June 2011
View the working papers
One-day workshop on "ICT Policy in Developing Countries", University of Manchester's Centre for Development Informatics, March 2010
One-Day International Workshop on "Mobiles and Development", University of Manchester, UK, May 2007
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One-Day Workshop on "Gender and ICTs in a Global Society", University of Manchester, UK, June 2006
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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
Working Paper “Actor-Network Theory for Development” working paper series: arising from the study group meeting
Foundational paper – Development 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us in the virtual space for researchers interested in using actor-network theory in development research