Laura Mann is a researcher at the African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden. Prior to Leiden, she was based at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD in the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
She has worked on Islamist policies in Sudan and their impact on the nature and structure of information in the economy. She has also worked on the wider implications of the integration of the internet and other ICTs into the economies of Kenya and Rwanda. If she could sum up her research in one big question, it would be: Under what circumstances, do people become ‘recognizably valuable’ to their governments, both in terms of their political salience and their potential economic contribution? And a second (cheeky) question: What does that recognition do for people on the ground?
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