Dr Linnet E. M. Taylor

 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.

Profile

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: linnettaylor@wordpress.com

Research interests

ICT for development, social networks, diffusion of innovations, globalisation, economic geography, West Africa

Positions held at the OII

  • Researcher, October 2012 - December 2013

Research

Past projects

  • Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge

    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.

Publications

Articles