Executive Education


25 Feb 2017

Digital economies project secures funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund

Professor M.N. Ravishankar, along with colleagues Professor Richard Heeks (University of Manchester), Professor Mark Graham (University of Oxford) and Dr Carla Bonina (University of Surrey), has recently received fnding in the amount of £129,441 from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Their Development Implications of Digital Economies (DIODE) network is one of 22 new high-profile, interdisciplinary and international collaborative projects funded by the GCRF via the ESRC’s 2016 strategic networks call. Supported by the World Bank and Microsoft India Research Private Limited, the DIODE network has been identified as having strong potential to benefit the economic development and welfare of developing countries and will work with research partners in India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Ghana. 

Professor Ravishankar said:

"In the next 10 years, the digital economies of developing countries will fundamentally re-shape global businesses and raise critical questions about innovation, growth and inequality. The DIODE network brings together a multidisciplinary group of digital economy researchers and practitioners from global North and South, with a particular focus on connecting and capacity-building those based in developing countries."

Over the next 18 months Professor Ravishankar and colleagues will conduct a series of themed workshops and master classes for academic researchers and policy makers. The first of these events will be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on the 25 & 26 of May this year.