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Margie Cheesman

Former DPhil Student

Margie Cheesman

Former DPhil Student


Margie Cheesman is a digital anthropologist, working with communities using and making digitalisation projects. Her DPhil research examined the intervention of decentralised digital infrastructures (blockchains) in humanitarianism, and involved fieldwork in Jordan’s refugee camps. She is interested in how the development of money and identity infrastructures intersects with socio-economic inequalities and rights.
Margie has worked for the civil liberties initiative, Open Migration, and the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CReSC). She has conducted research with international organisations such as InfoMigrants, GSMA Mobile for Development, and United Nations agencies. Margie is Assistant Editor of the journal Big Data & Society, and her editorial work includes Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects and Rights (Routledge, 2019) and Data Practices (forthcoming).

Research Interests

Aid and migration studies, feminist technoscience, critical data studies, anthropology.

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, October 2017 - September 2022



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