[SDI-Africa] FW: PhD Scholarships for ICTs & Poverty Research
Craig von Hagen
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Mon Dec 11 07:11:05 EST 2006
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Sent: 11 December 2006 15:03
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Subject: PhD Scholarships for ICTs & Poverty Research
The University of Manchester's Brooks World Poverty Institute announces a
of scholarships for PhD study on poverty analysis starting in academic year
2007/8. This can include study on the relation between ICTs and poverty.
To be considered for these scholarships, candidates will need to apply to
for a PhD via the normal University process (see details at:
http://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/bwpi/postgradchol/). All components
the application must be completed by 31 January 2007.
Application needs to include a PhD proposal written by the candidate. This
relate to any aspect of the relation between ICTs and poverty but must have
strong poverty dimension. The topic areas shown below are for illustrative
Note that the competition for scholarships covers all areas of poverty
not just ICT-related. Competition is open to all for the four main
scholarships; there are two additional PhD scholarships intended for US and
Illustrative topic areas for research on the relation between ICTs and
- ICTs and poverty reduction: general research on the potential and
ICTs to deliver poverty-reducing projects; who actually benefits from such
- IT outsourcing to poor communities: implications of new business models
are outsourcing IT-based work to individual and cooperative enterprises in
communities: who benefits? are these models sustainable and scalable?
- Technologies of connection and social inclusion/exclusion in poor, remote
communities: remote communities are often the seats of chronic poverty yet
are gradually being penetrated by "technologies of connection" - roads;
communications; wi-fi/Internet connectivity. Do these increase or reduce
social exclusion of such communities?
- Mobile communications and poverty: understanding the poverty implications
posed by the growing penetration of mobile technologies into poor
- ICT infrastructures and poverty: how are the particular needs and
the poor included or excluded from policy-making and implementation about
information society infrastructures in developing countries?
- Technology, hope and empowerment: we have field and anecdotal evidence
involvement with new technologies brings hope to the disempowered poor. Is
this true; is this a sustainable impact; and what poverty-affecting impact
any) does hope have?
- ICTs, poverty and capabilities: using the lens of Sen's capabilities
how can we understand the potential of ICTs in impacting the livelihoods of
- Using GIS and other information systems for poverty mapping and analysis:
effective are these systems? can their use be linked to positive poverty
For further details, please see:
Successful candidates would join the University's twelve-strong Development
Informatics Group that researches, consults and teaches on a wide variety of
issues linking ICTs and socio-economic development. For specific enquiries
about PhD study on ICTs and poverty with the Development Informatics Group,
please contact Dr Richard Duncombe: richard.duncombe at manchester.ac.uk
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