Dr Christopher Foster
Chris Foster's research focus is on technologies and innovation in developing and emerging markets, with a particular interest on how ICTs can support development of low income groups.
Prior to working in OII, Chris received a PhD from the University of Manchester. In this work Chris explored the growth of mobile sector innovation in Kenya, and its implications for innovation theory, firm strategy and public policy.
Chris also has extensive experience of working in the ICT sector. As a consultant in a number of NGOs working in Africa, he has helped organisations to better link and understand their recipients through use of ICTs. Christopher also has extensive experience of innovation in the UK, having previously worked in R&D in the telecommunication sector.
ICT and development, innovation, user innovation, information systems development
Positions held at the OII
- Researcher, November 2013 -
March 2010 -
By using surveys, interviews and in-depth observations, this project examines the expectations and stated potentials of broadband Internet in East Africa and compares those expectations to on-the-ground effects that broadband connectivity is having.
Chris Foster on 20 Apr 2014 17:00PM
When I started my research on low income use of mobile phones in Kenya, my goal was to understand how ICTs are adapted by these actors. But, research often goes in unexpected directions when you start talking to people….! One unexpected outcome of [...]
Chris Foster on 19 Jan 2014 17:37PM
In developing countries, there is growing interest in adapting new technologies to allow them to reach low income groups. Such strategies can help firms to expand to wider markets and at the same time, bring appropriate and affordable technology to the [...]