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Becky Faith

Research Fellow

Dr. Becky Faith is a Research Fellow and Leader of the Digital and Technology cluster. She is also Co-Lead of RT4 of the ESRC Digital Futures at Work Research Centre at the University of Sussex.

Becky’s professional experience and research interests encompass gender and technology, 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. 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 from the Open University.

In the digital cluster her work focuses on digital inequalities, gender and technology and the future of work.



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Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

The intersection of protracted conflict and displacement with recurring climate shocks, alongside the shifting nature of humanitarian responses, presents multiple challenges for how to provide social assistance more effectively in protracted crises. BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research...


IDS China Centre

The IDS China Centre, part of the IDS International Initiatives, provides research focus on a country transforming global geopolitics due to its strategic importance, role in the global south and its commitment to development. It recognises that tackling universal challenges such as climate...


Covid-19: Disconnected Workers and Rapid Digitisation

From patients accessing health services through telemedicine to school children only being able to attend classes through remote learning, the rapid digitization of services and activities across social and economic life during the COVID-19 pandemic (especially in its early months) has provided...



Living in a digital society – but at what cost?

The digital revolution and access to online spaces has transformed the ways we communicate, work, and organise. It has also become critical to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - not least SDG target 5b to ‘Enhance the use of enabling technology to promote the...

3 March 2022



Digital Poverty in the UK

IDS Policy Briefing 202

As every aspect of life – from job seeking to health care – moves online, digital connectivity is a daily necessity, not a luxury. Against the backdrop of the UK’s worst cost of living crisis in 40 years, discussions about fuel and food poverty are now joined by a new concern with what has...

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Becky Faith & 2 others

4 August 2022

Becky Faith’s recent work