Dr Linnet E. M. Taylor
Linnet is currently working on a Sloan Foundation funded project on Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge.
Linnet’s research focuses on social and economic aspects of the diffusion of the internet in Africa, and human mobility as a factor in technology adoption. Her doctoral research was on Ghana, where she looked at mobility’s influence on the formation and viability of internet cafes in poor and remote areas, networking amongst Ghanaian technology professionals and ICT4D policy. She is currently working on a Sloan Foundation funded project on Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge.
Her research interests include the social and economic impacts of technologies as they diffuse to new populations, in both developing and industrialised countries. She also has an interest in methodologies and in interdisciplinary and mixed-methods research.
Linnet studied a DPhil in International Development at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex where she was also part of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. She has an interdisciplinary background that includes literature, Mesoamerican languages and history, and cross-cultural research methods. Before her doctoral work she was a researcher at the Rockefeller Foundation where she developed programmes around economic security and human mobility. Her Ghana blog can be found here: firstname.lastname@example.org
ICT for development, social networks, diffusion of innovations, globalisation, economic geography, West Africa
Positions held at the OII
- Researcher, October 2012 - December 2013
October 2012 - May 2014
The project will follow 'big data' from its public and private origins through open and closed pathways into the social sciences, and document and shape the ways they are being accessed and used to create new knowledge about the social world.
- Taylor, L., Cowls, J., Schroeder, R., and Meyer, E.T. (2014) Big Data and Positive Change in the Developing World. Policy & Internet 6 (4) 418-444.