Dr Laura Elizabeth Mann
Laura Mann's research focuses on the political economy of markets and value chains in Africa. She received her Masters and PhD from the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh and her BSc in Environmental Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics. Her PhD examined the impact of tertiary education expansion and economic liberalization on trust relations and the flow of information between managers, job-seekers and civil servants in the Sudanese labour market.
Her current research examines the effects of broadband internet on the tea, tourism and outsourcing value chains of Kenya and Rwanda. In this project, she is particularly interested in how internet connectivity might be re-wiring the back offices and altering the labour practices of East African companies and governments. She is also developing a project examining how new technologies and datasets are changing the way economists and other social scientists understand informal economies in Egypt and Uganda.
She blogs at: http://lauraelizabethmann.com/blog/
economic and political sociology, the political economy of development, ICT4D and the role of technology in intermediating economic and political relations, trust and social networks
Positions held at the OII
- Postdoctoral Researcher, October 2011 - December 2013
September 2011 - August 2014
By using surveys, interviews and in-depth observations, this project examined the expectations and stated potentials of broadband Internet in East Africa and compared those expectations to on-the-ground effects that broadband connectivity is having.
- Graham, M., Mann, L., Friederici, N. and Waema, T. (2016) Growing the Kenyan Business Process Outsourcing Sector. The African Technopolitan 5: 93-95.
- Mann, L. and Graham, M. (2016) The Domestic Turn: Business Process Outsourcing and the Growing Automation of Kenyan Organisations. Journal of Development Studies.
- Graham, M., Andersen, C., and Mann, L. (2015) Geographical imagination and technological connectivity in East Africa. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 40 (3) 334-349.
- Mann, Laura (2013) "We do our bit in our own space": DAL Group and the Development of a Curiously Sudanese Enclave Economy. Journal of Modern African Studies 51 (2).
- Graham, Mark, and Mann, Laura (2013) Imagining a Silicon Savannah? Technological and Conceptual Connectivity in Kenya’s BPO and Software Development Sectors. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries 56 (2) 1-19.
- Mann, Laura (2013) Review: Neopatrimonialism in Africa and Beyond. Political Studies Review.
- Mann, L. (2009) Getting a Job in Sudan: An Exploration into Economic Trust and Social Capital. Sudan Studies Bulletin, Spring 2009.
- Mann, L. (2007) Review: Everyday Corruption and the State: Citizens and Public Officials in Africa. Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute 77 (4) 609-610.
- Mann, L. (2009) Breeze from an Open Door: Foreign Spirits, National Bodies and the Potential for Egyptian Imaginative Resistance. In: C.Baker (ed.) Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Image. Oxford: Peter Lang.
- Mann, L., Graham. M., and Friederici, N. (2015) The Internet and Business Process Outsourcing in East Africa. Value Chains and Networks of Connectivity-Based Enterprises in Rwanda. Project Report, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
Recorded: 17 January 2012 Duration: 00:03:39
Laura Mann summarises her lecture on information technologies and marginalization in African market economies, part of the OII's Society and the Internet Lecture Series.