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Pragyan Thapa

PhD Research Fellow

H1019 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

I am a PhD research fellow from Nepal working at the Department of Information Systems. My project focuses on Smart Villages and its relation to sustainable rural development. I come with an academic background in media studies and development studies from Kathmandu University, Nepal.

In my research, I am interested in rural ICT4D projects and initiatives, using Action Research methods to identify problems and construct meaningful and problem solving interventions with practioners and local communities. Rural ICT4D projects are those ICT and information systems enabled projects with the aim to achieve transformational change for rural population and communities. I believe as ICT4D researchers we should be more than distant observers but active participants who help facilitate and shape ICT4D interventions with webs of local and global actors.

Research interests

  • ICT4D
  • Sustainable rural development
  • Rural systems
  • Developing countries 
  • Action Research
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Affordances 

Courses and teaching

TFL 102/119: IT and Society 

Selected publications

Thapa, Pragyan; Thapa, Devinder; and Sæbo, Øystein, "A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE ON QUANTIFICATION OF DEVELOPMENT IN ICT4D" (2023). ECIS 2023 Research-in-Progress Papers. 67.https://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2023_rip/67

Thapa, P., Thapa, D. (2022). What is ‘Smart’ About Smart Village? Emerging Discourses and Future Research Directions. In: Zheng, Y., Abbott, P., Robles-Flores, J.A. (eds) Freedom and Social Inclusion in a Connected World. ICT4D 2022. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 657. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-19429-0_26

Scientific publications

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