Becky Faith - Research Officer and Deputy Leader
Digital and Technology
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Dr. Becky Faith is a Research Officer and Deputy Leader of the Digital and Technology cluster. Becky’s professional experience and research interests encompass mobile communication studies, human computer interaction and technology for social change.
Becky has fifteen years' strategic and programme experience working in ICT4D and technology for human rights organisations. She started her career in digital start-ups, working on the UK’s first e-commerce platforms in the 1990s. She developed innovative mobile advocacy programmes and training materials for activists in the global South, including the first SMS based petition.
Becky’s PhD focused on the use of mobile phones by young women and she is an international expert in research and strategy on the use of mobile phones in marginalised communities. She has an MSc. in Technology Strategy and Policy Research.
Becky is currently involved in projects researching gender and technology, the application of Agile approaches to Transparency and Accountability initiatives, and forecasting the impacts of digital technologies for development.
Becky served as a Director of the Sussex Community Internet Project and was on the selection committee for the Young Foundation’s first Social Innovation Camp. She also convenes 300 Seconds Brighton, an initiative aimed at promoting women speakers at digital and technology events.
Decent Work in a Digital WorldIDS Digital and Technology Briefing 1 (2017)
Advances in digital technology and artificial intelligence are transforming the future of work. Self-driving trucks are due to be tested on UK roads in 2018 and are already being piloted in the US where around three million truck drivers and 8.7 million other people are employed in trucking-related jobs. More details
Automation, Women, and the Future of WorkImpact Initiative Rapid Response Briefing 1 (2017)
Will women benefit from the rapid automation and digitisation that is set to change the world of work as we know it? How can we ensure that women’s economic interests are brought into focus, and that debates on the future of work are not about the changing relationship between man and machine, but between people and machine? More details
The Contribution of Digital Technologies to Service Delivery: An Evidence ReviewIDS Evidence Report 221 (2017)
The explosion in digital connectivity, globalisation and the rapid growth in digital technologies over the last two decades has revolutionised the way that businesses perform and compete globally. More details
States, Markets and Society – New Relationships for a New Development EraIDS Bulletin 47.2A (2016)
‘How does change happen?’ and ‘How should change happen and how can it be enabled?’ are key questions analysed in this IDS Bulletin, drawing on the Institute of Development Studies’ reflections on States, Markets and Society as a theme of its 50th Anniversary year. More details
Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development
As new technologies and digital business models reshape economies and disrupt incumbencies, interest has surged in the potential of novel frontier technologies to also contribute to positive changes in international development and humanitarian contexts. More details
Automation and the future of work; bringing women into the debate17 May 2017
By Becky Faith
Why development should care about the future of work in a digital era17 Feb 2017
By Becky Faith, Ben Ramalingam
Citizen voice, agency and accountability in a post-Brexit era20 Jul 2016
By Becky Faith