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[liberationtech] Hiring a Researcher at University of Oxford: Digital Entrepreneurship | Economic Geography | Sub-Saharan Africa

Nicolas Friederici nfriederici at
Fri Dec 9 08:57:14 PST 2016

We are recruiting a full-time Researcher to work with us
the Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford) on a project
that critically assesses the changing landscape of digital entrepreneurship
in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Researcher will conduct a grounded, comparative empirical study of
digital entrepreneurship in African cities. We are interested in the
practices of digital entrepreneurship, how opportunities in digital
economies are created and exploited, which local actors are better or worse
positioned to extract value, the emergence of clusters and ecosystems of
digital entrepreneurship, and how African contexts affect these
processes/how observed processes differ from the Global North. A secondary
focus is on narratives and discourses around digital entrepreneurship in
Africa, and how they shape on-the-ground realities.

The researcher will primarily focus on fieldwork in several African cities,
as well as writing and analysis, using a range of methods (interviews,
participant observation, thematic/narrative analysis, surveys). We are
therefore seeking a researcher with experience in conducting qualitative
social science and case studies.

The successful candidate will work with Professor Mark Graham
<> and Dr Nicolas Friederici
<>. This work is part of
a larger five-year ERC-funded project titled Geonet
<>, aiming to understand the implications
of changing connectivities for African knowledge economies.

We seek candidates with a background in Economic Geography,
Entrepreneurship Studies, Development Studies, (Urban) Sociology, Social
Anthropology, Communications, Organisation Studies, Management or related
disciplines. The position is intended for someone at the postdoctoral level
(Grade 7: £31,076 – £38,183), but we will consider hiring strong candidates
at the pre-doctoral stage (Grade 6: £27,629 – £32,958 p.a.).

The post runs for at least one year, with the possibility of renewal
thereafter, funding permitting.

You can access the advert and a full job description here (deadline Jan 12,

Nicolas Friederici | Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute
@friedema | | |
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