Our current initiatives

Members and Affiliated Members of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D are actively involved in a wide range of initiatives at the interface between digital technologies and practice.  This page provides quick access to some of these.

The Digital-Envoronment System Coalition (DESC)

For too long, research on the inter-relationships between digital technologies and the physical environment has been partitioned into neat areas and specialisms that have prevented important things being said holistically about its impact. This has meant that the digital technology sector has invariably been able to make unfounded claims about its positive benefits for the environment and its contributions to the so-called Sustainable Development Goals. The UNESCO Chair in ICT4D is now bringing together researchers from across the world to build a coalition of excellence to unravel the complexities of these relationships and make rigorous policy recommendations to ensure that such technologies are used wisely in the interests of the human community and planet.

Technology, Inequality and Migration

W9This link reports and shares knowledge and resources on the UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub (MIDEQ), led by Heaven Crawley of Coventry University, of which the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D is a partner.  Our interdisciplinary work focuses at the interface between technology, inequality and migration, and is led by Prof. G. “Hari” Harindranath, supported by Tim Unwin.

Technology and Education Post-COVID-19

old computer labMembers of the UNECSO Chair in ICT4D are involved in an exciting new initiative to develop a Report by September 2020 on practical guidance for governments on using digital technologies to enhance their education systems once the immediate crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has passed (see Summary).  This Report will be short, succinct and practical, and will also include a series of brief Guidance Notes addressing the most important actvities that governments need to address to ensure the inclusion of some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people.  The work is being funded by DFID and the World Bank through their EdTech Hub.


5TEQtogether is an initiative within the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D designed to change men’s attitudes and behaviours with respect to women and technology. Digital Technologies can bring great benefits to individuals and communities.  However, they also have a darker side, increasing inequalities and being widely used for abuse and harassment.  This is especially true at the interface between women and technology. Women are not only often marginalised in the tech sector, but they are also frequently violated through technology.