The UNESCO Chair in ICT4D has concentrated very much on supporting postgraduate teaching and research in the field of ICT4D, and thereby building an extensive network of trained researchers and practitioners in the field.

In the spring term of 2017, we are running a series of informal discussions to support postgraduates, entitled Technology and Empowerment: Multidisciplinary Conversations which is open to all those interested.

Successfully completed PhDs include:

  • Omar Zakaria (PhD, 2007)  Investigating Information Security Culture Challenges in a Public Sector Organisation: A Malaysian Case
  • Marije Geldof (PhD, 2010)  Literacy and ICT: social constructions in the lives of low-literate youth in Ethiopia and Malawi
  • David Hollow (PhD, 2010) Evaluating ICT for Education in Africa
  • Meera Sarma (PhD, 2010) Innovation in Hacker Communities: Structure and Knowledge in the Process of Developing Open Source Software
  • Uduak Okon  (PhD, 2011)  ICTs and sustainable community development in the Niger Delta Region, Nigeria
  • Salma Abbasi (PhD, 2012)  Women and ICT in Muslim Countries: Policies, Practices and Challenges
  • Paolo Brunello  (PhD, 2015) Broken premises: towards an intercultural understanding of bilateral co-operation in ICTs for education in Burundi
  • Andrea Burris (PhD, 2015) Discourses of Creativity in Shanghai
  • Sammia Poveda (PhD, 2015) Conscientisation and Human Development: The case of digital inclusion programmes in Brazil.
  • Sinfree Gono (PhD, 2015)  A Critical Analysis of Information and Communication Technology Adoption and Impact in South African Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Tony Roberts (PhD, 2015) Critical Agency in ICT4D: a case study of Zambian women’s use of participatory video to challenge gender inequality participatory video technology to challenge gender inequality
  • Fernanda Scur (PhD, 2016) Network Interaction Patterns within Brazilian ICT4D initiatives
  • Salman Khuralbet (PhD, 2017 ) The role of business model information system and human capital in the barriers to the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (smes) in Kuwait
  • Patrick Giwa (PhD 2018)Technology entrepreneurship in Nigeria
  • Matthew Nicolas Kreeger (2018), Exploring security verification processes in software SMEs – Thesis submitted, awaiting viva

Successfully completed MPhils  include:

  • David Crespo (MPhil 2011) – Mobile ‘phones and rural health workers in Peru: the potential of m-health in isolated rural areas of Peru (also published in book form by Lambert)
  • Auchariya Yongphrayoon (MPhil 2010) Hedonic price models and GIS for mass land valuation in Thailand
  • Ugo Vallauri (MPhil 2015) ICTs, participatory video and farmer-led agriculture extension services in Machakos District, Kenya

Current research students and the topic areas of their research include:

  • Alex Hardy – Geopolitics and security of cyber enabled space
  • Andreas Haggman – Wargames (tabletop boardgames) for cyber security education and awareness training, primarily for senior policy- and decision-makers.
  • Caitlin Bentley – ICTs and knowledge sharing for development
  • Claude Heath – Theory and techniques for participatory research in ICT
  • Evronia Azer – The use of technology to organize collective action
  • Márton Kocsev – e-Capacity development – assessing, modelling and implementing ICT4D measures
  • Nick Robinson – How to Backup Your Files Nation-State in the Digital Era: The Estonian Data Embassy
  • Nicola Wendt – Digitizing independence?  Greenland, Denmark and the Fourth World
  • Patrick Giwa – Technology entrepreneurship in Nigeria

Master’s students studying the ICT4D Stream in the Practising Sustainable Development Master’s programme in 2016-17 include:

  • Ibrahim Aljabour (Palestine)
  • Keren Monrose (St. Lucia)
  • Robert Dutka (Canada)