Research

My overall research interest is in emerging actors and practices in global development.

This has led me to study Corporate Citizenship programs in the high-tech industry, through an ethnography of HP's e-Inclusion program. I conducted research in California's Silicon Valley, Costa Rica and India and have published findings from this research in academic journals, including Current Anthropology, Information Technologies and International Development (ITID), the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and Science, Technology and Society.

I am also intererested in the role of representations and affect in engaging Northern publics in global development efforts and specifically financial inclusion. My book New Media and International Development, traces the mediated and personal encounters of Anglo-American publics with microfinance, through photo competitions, online lending sites such as Kiva.org, microfinance tourism and volunteering. I have also published in Critique of Anthropology, the Journal of International Development, Anthropology Today and Third World Quarterly. This research has been supported by, among others, the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine.

My most recent project examines the shift towards discourses and practices of inclusive innovation in development. For the last two years I have studied an online crowdsourcing platform funded by DFID to interrogate the promise of such platforms to create more inclusive and participatory engagements with development onlne and offline. A related interest is in the potential and limits of humanitarian design to address the 'wicked problems' of persisting poverty and inequality. I have published on this in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review and Limn.