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Anna Colom

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Professional biography

I have over 10 years of experience in international development researching the role of digital technologies, media and communication in processes of social change. I have worked as Director of Innovations and Learning at Africa's Voices Foundation and previously as a senior research manager at BBC Media Action, designing and conducting research to inform and evaluate the role of digital technologies in public deliberation processes, social and behaviour change communication, and media development programmes. I currently work as a research manager at The Democratic Society. I have also worked as a researcher for the London School of Economics and Political Science and consulted for a number of NGOs. Formerly, I worked as a journalist and documentary filmmaker. I completed an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). My dissertation looked at the role of participatory video in enhancing the political capabilities of grassroots communities. I hold a degree in Journalism from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and I am a trained Participatory Video facilitator. 

Research interests

I joined the OU as a PhD student in 2017 as an interdisciplinary researcher based in the Politics and International Studies (POLIS) department. I am taking an intersectional feminism approach to exploring the role of digital technologies, particulalry instant messaging, in the citizenship capabilities of young people and women in Kenya. My research cuts across the disciplines of international development, in particular the field of ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development), feminism, citizenship studies and political theory, and science and technology studies.

Supervisory team: Dr. Rose Capdevila, Social Psychology; Dr. Charlotte Cross, Development Policy and Practice; Dr. Agnes Czajka, Politics and International Studies; Dr. Liz McFall, Sociology (2017-2018)