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Dr Christopher Foster

Former Researcher

Dr Christopher Foster

Former Researcher


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.

Research Interests

ICT and development, innovation, user innovation, information systems development.

Positions at the OII

  • Research Associate, September 2015 - November 2019
  • Researcher, November 2013 - August 2015



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