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'The effects of mobile phones on gendered social networks, decision making and vulnerability
Mobile phones have been heralded as transformative new tools to reduce global poverty, but an alternative perspective is that they can magnify or reproduce situations. This NSF / ESRC funded project asks 1) How do mobile phones affect the structure and functions of women’s and men’s social networks? 2) How do shifting networks affect access to information and livelihood decision-making? 3) How does the manner in which livelihood decisions are made affect the ability to respond to environmental and economic shocks? We are investigating these questions with Maasai pastoralist communities in Tanzania using mixed methods. Working in collaboration with Dr Tim Baird at Virginia Tech (PI), Prof Terry McCabe at the University of Colorado and a field team in Tanzania.
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