Becky Faith - Research Fellow
Digital and Technology
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Dr. Becky Faith is a Research Fellow 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.
External evaluation of mobile phone technology based nutrition and agriculture advisory services in Africa and South Asia (mNutrition)
Maintenance Affordances and Structural Inequalities: Mobile Phone Use by Low-Income Women in the United Kingdom
This article shows the impact of “maintenance affordances” on women’s capabilities to use mobile phones to lead lives they value. More details
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
Doing Digital Development Differently: lessons in adaptive management from technology for governance initiatives in Kenya
Development projects don’t always work as planned. This has long been acknowledged by those in the sector, and has led to several approaches that seek to solve complex development problems through enabling and encouraging greater adaptiveness and learning within projects (e.g. Doing Development Differently and Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation). 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