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Elisa researches the adoption, adaptation and use of digital technologies among different communities in Asia and in the Global South in general. She is interested in the localized socio-technical practices that emerge from technology users who are far from urban centres and advanced economies, as well as the political economy that surrounds technology development and circulation.

She joined the Department of Digital Humanities in January 2018 and is also an Affiliate of the Lau China Institute at KCL. Elisa holds a PhD in Information Management & Systems from UC Berkeley’s School of Information, and has previously taught at SOAS University of London.

Research Interests & PhD Supervision

  • Digital technology use in the Global South
  • Critical approaches to ICT and development
  • ICT policies and infrastructural development in the Global South
  • Technological innovation in the Global South
  • History of Internet and digital technologies in the Global South

Elisa welcomes applications from potential PhD students interested in studying the topics above, especially from an Asian and South-to-South cooperation perspective.

For more details, please see her full research profile.


Elisa teaches on different aspects of digital technologies as seen from a global rather than Western-centric perspective, with a focus on critical approaches to human-computer interaction and on research methods.