Laura Mann

Laura Mann is an economic sociologist whose research focuses on the political economy of markets and state-building in Africa. She received her Masters and PhD from the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Environmental Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics. Before joining the ASC, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.

Her PhD examined the impact of tertiary education expansion and economic liberalization on trust relations and the flow of information between managers, job-seekers and civil servants in the Sudanese labour market. She then worked on a joint project between the University of Oxford, the University of Nairobi and the National University of Rwanda, examining the effects of broadband internet on the tea, tourism and outsourcing value chains of Kenya and Rwanda. At the ASC, she is developing a project examining how new information and communication technologies are making informal agriculture and transport more visible to African governments and formal businesses.

Dr. L.E. (Laura) Mann
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Understanding the political motivations that shape Rwanda's emergent developmental state
(2016)
L. Mann; M. Berry
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Introduction: global economic inclusion and African workers
(2016)
K. Meagher; L. Mann; M. Bolt
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Geographies of connectivity in East Africa : trains, telecommunications, and technological teleologies
(2015)
M. Graham; C. Andersen; L. Mann
Type of Publication: Journal Article

The digital divide and employment : the case of the Sudanese labour market
(2014)
L. Mann
Editors: M. Graham; W.H. Dutton
Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Getting a job in Sudan : an exploration into economic trust and social capital
(2009)
L. Mann
Type of Publication: Journal Article

Breeze from an open door : foreign spirits, national bodies and Egyptian imaginative resistance
(2009)
L. Mann
Editors: C. Baker
Type of Publication: Book Chapter
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'The digital divide and employment : the case of the Sudanese labour market'
In: M. Graham; W.H. Dutton: 'Society and the internet : how networks of information and communication are changing our lives', Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

'Breeze from an open door : foreign spirits, national bodies and Egyptian imaginative resistance'
In: C. Baker: 'Expressions of the body : representations in African text and image', Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009.

'Introduction: global economic inclusion and African workers'
in: Journal of development studies, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 471 - 482, 2016.

'The domestic turn: business processing outsourcing and the growing automation of Kenyan organisations'
in: Journal of development studies, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 530 - 548, 2016.

'Understanding the political motivations that shape Rwanda's emergent developmental state'
in: New political economy, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 119 - 144, 2016.

'Wasta! : the long term implications of education expansion and economic liberalization on politics in Sudan'
in: Review of African political economy, vol. 41, no. 142, pp. 561 - 578, 2014.
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'Imagining a Silicon Valley : technological and conceptual connectivity in Kenya's BPO and software development sectors'
in: Electronic journal of information systems in developing countries, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 1 - 19, 2013.
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''We do our bit in our own space' : DAL Group and the development of a curiously Sudanese enclave economy'
in: Journal of modern African studies, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 279 - 303, 2013.
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