Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome enquiries about PhD supervision in the following areas:

1. Critical studies of educational technology in developing contexts.
2. Critical studies on broadening access to higher education through technology for marginalised groups in developing contexts, particularly for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
3. Critical studies of the intersections of national policy, global indicators of educational development (SDGs, etc.), technology, and educational autonomy in developing contexts.
4. Futures approaches to community-led edtech development and emergent pedagogies

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Personal profile


I am Senior Lecturer in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and a member of the Centre for Research in Digital Education. My published work includes critical perspectives on educational technologies; the mobilities of digital education; and futures educational research.

At the University of Edinburgh, I am PI on the GCRF-funded Digital Education Africa cluster, Co-I on the Digital Education for change makers in sub-Saharan Africa project, Co-I on the Mastercard Foundation-funded Foundations for All project, and co-I on the Universal Secondary Education in Asia Pacific project. I am a core team member of the Future University Lab at Una Europa. I was the PI on the Exploring the Teacher Function: Continuing Interventions in Automated Teaching project and worked on the Near Futures Teaching project, and was formerly part of the NERC Research for Emergency Aftershock Response project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea for many years. I am also a Director and Co-Founder of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to appropriate use of educational technologies in developing contexts. I work often with INGOs on digital education projects. 

My research focuses on the critical examination of the mobilities exhibited by groups and sectors in flux and how technology is used to both structure and manage these mobilities. Post-Brexit, with greater concentrations of international students, displaced peoples, and refugees, with the unbundling of labour and education, with a global edtech regime emerging in developing contexts that can unmoor local educational expertise and displace higher education as a vehicle for social mobility, this research focuses on frameworks to investigate these movements holistically and to begin to address the larger intractable challenges that may stunt educational progress in development contexts. I routinely employ mobilities research and sociomateriality to identify “the distribution of agency between people, places, and material assemblages of connectivity” (Sheller, 2017) and the role digital education might serve in an increasingly unbundled intersectional environment.

I have years of experience working with digital education in development contexts throughout Africa, South Asia, and East Asia, including sitting on the Advisory Board of one such university in Nigeria; years of experience working with faculty and students in universities as both instructor and supervisor, including on the MSc in Digital Education as Programme Director; and capacity for cross-sector knowledge exchange from consulting experience with relevant industries such as DfID, USAID, GIZ, World Bank, UN Habitat, and more. I am a Fellow in the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), in keeping with the requirements of the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University College London

1 Oct 201217 Dec 2016

Award Date: 17 Dec 2016

Digital Education, Master in Science, University of Edinburgh

20 Sep 200911 Jul 2011

Award Date: 11 Jun 2011

Information Science, Master in Science, Drexel University


Award Date: 15 Jun 2006

Education, Bachelor of Education, Wright State Univ


Award Date: 17 Dec 1997

External positions

Consultant , UN Habitat

1 Mar 20192021

Director & Co-Founder, Panoply Digital

1 Feb 2015 → …

Consultant, The World Bank

Jul 20142019

Member, Advisory Board, Beni American University

1 Feb 2012 → …


  • L Education (General)
  • Digital Education
  • Mobile Learning
  • Asia Pacific
  • Mobility
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • South Asia
  • majority world
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • mobilities
  • sociomateriality
  • postdevelopment theory
  • communicative action


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