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Miss Devyani Gajjar

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May - July 2022 Nuffield Foundation funded Research Fellow at the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST). Researching assisted dying

2020 - Present PhD student, The Open University. Project: 'The Use of Space Technologies in International Development: Opportunities and Challenges'

2018 - 2019 MSc International Development: Poverty and Inequality, The University of Manchester. Dissertation: 'How varying levels of participation in community radio impacts the empowerment of marginalized women in India'

2017 - 2018 Software Developer, Codethink Ltd

2013 - 2016 BA (Hons) Mathematics, The University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College

I am a third-year PhD student in the International Development workstream of the cross-disciplinary Astrobiology research group. My background is an interdisciplinary mix of maths, software development, and international development. I am particularly interested in the intersection of these areas, such as the use of scientific and technological innovations to reduce societal inequalities.

My research investigates whether space technologies being applied for the Sustainable Development Goals could aid social justice and inclusive development. I am using the lens of inclusive innovation to evaluate space projects for development, such as projects in the International Partnership Programme.

Research interests

Research Department: Department of Geography

Research Group: AstrobiologyOU

Research Interests:

  • Inclusive Development
  • Inclusive Innovation
  • Data Justice
  • Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies
  • ICT4D
  • Participation
  • Empowerment

Impact and engagement


Can Space Technologies Aid Social Justice? (2021)
Gajjar, Devyani
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University

How can space technologies be used effectively for sustainable development? (2020)
Gajjar, Devyani
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University