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Dr Sharon Morgan - personal details

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Role: Honorary Fellow Information Systems & Development

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Having trained as a Computer Scientist and worked in the UK software sector, much of my career has been in academia in the UK and Botswana, primarily in the field of Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. My passion throughout has been to address diversity (and particularly the gender impacts) evident within the ICT industry globally and in ICT-driven Development initiatives in particular.

As a Senior Lecturer at the University of Teesside, UK, I focussed on developing initiatives to encourage women to study Computer Science. Turning to wider global issues of diversity in ICTs, I spent 30 months working as a VSO volunteer in Sri Lanka, developing IT training programmes for communities affected by conflict, and then 5 years teaching young Computer Scientists at the University of Botswana.

My early career in ICT4D focussed on widening the practical issues of ICT adoption in developing countries, such as cultural and gender aspects of User Interface Design, and sources of training & support for end-users. Over the past 10 years my interest in the more macro-level issues of ICT-policy making has developed (see research for more details) .

Since 2004 I have been attached to the Development Informatics group at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester, first as a PhD Study fellow, part-time researcher and part-time lecturer, now as a full time Lecturer in IS and Development.