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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 particularly for marginalised groups, and futures educational research.

I am PI on the Mastercard Foundation-funded project Practitioner Networks and Digital Inclusion for Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa, PI on the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) funded Connected Policy, Practice and Accreditation: Connected Refugee Education in Ugandan Higher Education project, 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 member of the Education Beyond Borders Operational & Advisory Group. I was a core team member of the Future University Lab at Una Europa (2019-2023). I work with the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium on forced displacement research throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. I am also Co-Founder and Chief Digital Education Officer of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to appropriate use of educational technologies in developing contexts.

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.

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Mobile Learning in Higher Education in South Korea: Charting Trajectories of Peripheral Participation, University College London

1 Oct 201217 Dec 2016

Award Date: 17 Dec 2016

Digital Education, Master in Science, University of Edinburgh

20 Sept 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

Member, Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium

2022 → …

Core Team Member, Future University Lab, Una Europa

2020 → …

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
  • SDG 4
  • Mobility
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • South Asia
  • majority world
  • forced displacement
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • mobilities
  • refugees
  • postdevelopment theory
  • communicative action


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