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Accepting new PhD (Dphil) students for 2017

I’m currently accepting students for the next academic year. The Oxford Internet Institute is a great community to be a part of, and we have a range of full scholarships that can cover your costs. 

I’m most keen to supervise students interested in either: (a) internet geographies broadly defined (people thinking about what the digital does to power, place, positionality); (b) digital labour (especially in the context of a global world of work and/or economic development). You can read a bit more about the topics I’m working on, on my academic profile page.

If you want to learn more about the programme, check out our detailed information here - or email teaching@oii.ox.ac.uk for anything that isn’t listed there. And do get in touch with me directly if it is something you are considering. 

If your work also relates to computational social science, big data, smart cities, internet mapping, you may also be able to apply to work with me through the Alan Turing Institute. We have full studentships available there, and you would be based between the ATI and Oxford. 

New course on ICT and Development offered at the OII
I recently put together the outline of an MSc/DPhil course on ICT and Development that I will be teaching at the Oxford Internet Institute in Hilary Term 2011.

A brief outline is below, but follow this link for the full course description. I’d be happy to hear any thoughts on how to improve it.

This course will introduce students to the debates and practices surrounding the uses of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in both the Global South and Global North. It will draw on resources from Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, and History in order to examine the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that underpin development (as a practice, as a subject of research, and as a discourse). The course will also draw heavily on case-studies in order to ground theory in practice and will introduce students to a range of projects that have employed ICTs as a solution to problems in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

ICTs have the power to fundamentally transform the economic, social and political relationships in poorer parts of our planet. However, potentials often do not translate into realities, and it is important to be aware of not only the promises, but also the perils of the transformative nature of communication technologies. As such, this course will provide an opportunity to reflect on local appropriateness, social inclusion and the range of arguments for and against any ICT for development project in a variety of contexts.