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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

Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research aims to inform policy and programming on how to help poor and vulnerable people cope better with crises and meet their basic needs through more effective social assistance in contexts of recurrent shocks, climate crises, humanitarian crises,...


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...




External Evaluation of Mobile Phone Technology-based Nutrition and Agriculture Advisory Services in Africa Mobile Phones, Nutrition, and Health in Tanzania: Qualitative Follow-up Study Report

This endline report presents the findings of the third and final round of qualitative data collection conducted in March 2019. Data collection was carried out by OPM Tanzania, in close coordination with the IDS qualitative team led by Dr Inka Barnett. This report is narrower in scope than the...

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Inka Barnett & 4 others

31 March 2020


Lessons Learned Brief for Ghana and Tanzania, External evaluation of mobile phone technology-based nutrition and agriculture advisory services in Ghana and Tanzania (mNutrition)

mNutrition was a five-year global initiative supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) between 2013 and 2018, organised by GSMA and implemented by in-country mobile network operators (MNOs) and other providers. The evaluation was carried out by a consortium of researchers...

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Inka Barnett & 9 others

1 January 2020

Becky Faith’s recent work


Digital and Technology

Advancing knowledge, shaping policy and inspiring practice on digital development is critical to achieving the our vision of a more equitable and sustainable world, where people everywhere can live their lives free from poverty and injustice. The digital revolution has ushered in...