This project will build interdisciplinary research capacity around the overlapping fields of digital education, sociology, and carbon innovation to reconcile, insofar as possible, the contested nature of the New Urban Agenda: greater educational provision and widening participation, greater technological access and use, and a lessened carbon impact.
The cluster will use the New Urban Agenda as an interdisciplinary frame to explore what role higher education plays in executing the digital and educational tenets of this approach, and the environmental impact of such activity in sub-Saharan Africa. The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented document which sets global standards in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way cities are built, managed, and lived in, which has significant implications for educational and technological provisions. The New Urban Agenda binds signatories to provide basic services for all citizens, including access to education and technologies; and to improve connectivity to innovative green initiatives to find solutions to urban challenges, most notably carbon emissions and climate change.
This project is lead by Dr Michael Gallagher along with 3 international co-investigators. Dr Joel Mtebe is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science as well as Director at the Center for Virtual Learning at the University of Dar es Salaam. Dr Mtebe is very research active and maintains strong connections to the Centre for Climate Change Studies (CCCS) and the Centre for Communication Studies (CCS). Dr Rovincer Najjuma is a Lecturer and Curriculum Specialist at Makerere University and author of several works around the adoption and use of ICTs in education in Uganda, particularly in revitalising educational opportunity in post-conflict areas. Professor Adamu Zoaka Hassan is the Director of the Distance Learning Centre at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria as well as the Deputy Dean of the Graduate School. He has held leadership positions throughout his 29 years at Ahmadu Bello University and is well suited to lead the Nigerian portion of this research cluster.
The Edinburgh team comprises:
Dr Jean-Benoit Falisse, Sociology and Political Science, Centre for African Studies, School of Social and Political Science
Professor Kenneth Amaeshi, Business, School of Business & Sustainable Business Initiative
Professor David Reay, Geosciences, Environmental Engineering, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
Professor Sian Bayne, Education, Centre for Research in Digital Education, Moray House School of Education
For more information, visit the project website