Doctoral researchers Léa Macias (EHESS Paris and visiting fellow RSC Oxford) and Margie Cheesman (Oxford Internet Institute) present their ongoing field studies in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. Léa explores the use of statistical tools and information management in aid; Margie examines digitalisation strategies and the deployment of blockchain technology.
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About the speakers
Margie Cheesman is a digital anthropologist based at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her doctoral research examines the use of blockchain technologies in humanitarianism. Margie’s research interests include digital identity, inequality and rights. She has previously worked for the civil liberties initiative, Open Migration, and conducted research with organisations such as the GSMA Mobile for Development group and InfoMigrants. As a researcher at the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CReSC) (2013-16) she evaluated digital strategies for international cultural diplomacy and news provision. Margie is currently the editorial assistant for the ARITHMUS collected issue, Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights (Routledge, forthcoming).
Léa Macias is a PhD student in contemporary anthropology at EHESS (Paris) under the supervision of Michel Agier (EHESS- IIAC/IRD) and Kamel Doraï (CNRS/Ifpo) and a researcher at Télécom ParisTech with the E Diaspora team. She holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from IEDES (Paris 1 Sorbonne University) and conducted humanitarian needs assessments in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and the Balkans between 2014-2016 for an NGO. Her PhD research focuses on the development of statistical tools and information management initiatives in the humanitarian sector. Her research aims at exploring the statistical tools used and data collected by various humanitarian actors in refugee camp settings and later measuring its impacts on the humanitarian intervention, the geography of the camp and the refugees involved in these exercises.