Call for researchers: Policy frameworks for digital platforms - Moving from openness to inclusion

IT for Change seeks to collaborate with researchers and scholars from seven sites in the global South (three in Asia, two in Africa, two in South America) and three in the global North (Europe and North America) for a research project, ‘Policy Frameworks for digital platforms-Moving from openness to inclusion’, supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. The research will span a 14 month period beginning October 2017.

A total of USD 13000 will be provided as grant per site. Research scholars/ teams are expected to submit a brief expression of interest by August 31 2017. If shortlisted, they will be invited to develop a detailed proposal. IT for Change will work closely with researchers/ teams from the proposal development stage through the research process, until completion, for conceptual and analytical coherence across sites.

Depending on research themes and methodologies, research outputs could vary. However, it is expected that research teams will produce the following:

  • A country state of play report scoping the legal-institutional context as pertinent to the platform economy

  • Two case studies aligned with the project objectives and research questions

  • Short write ups over the course of the project – think pieces, blogs, media articles etc – for publicity and communication

  • An end-of-project report carrying the synthesis from case studies and state of play document

  • A short, end-of-project policy brief

Country research scholars/ teams will be responsible for project management of resources and outputs, and contributing inputs towards comparative analysis and synthesis of the country studies, which will be undertaken by IT for Change at the end of the 14 month period. They will be part of periodic webinars and virtual meetings of the research network during the course of the project.

We are looking for researchers from varied fields of expertise. We encourage multi-disciplinary approaches and teams, although individual research scholars are not discouraged. The country lead will have demonstrated research expertise in the areas of digital society / economy. Preference will be given to candidates affiliated with universities or registered research organizations.

How to Apply: Interested researchers may write to by August 31 2017, with the subject line, Application: Platform policies.

Applicants are requested to include:

  • Completed project application  (download form here

  • Most recent CV and two research publications of research team members

Applicants will be informed no later than 23 September 2017, if they have been shortlisted and will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Only those applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted.

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