Emrys Schoemaker

London

Emrys Schoemaker

London

I research the use of communication technologies in complex and often conflict affected communities. I help governments, international organisations and the private sector incorporate insights to form actionable strategies.

My research focuses on the use and impact of digital technologies in emerging markets, specifically mobile and internet related technologies. I am interested in everyday technology use and the way they shape social practices, relationships and identities with implications for politics and power. I work with Caribou Digital, but as a serial entrepreneur I have also founded a number of companies and continue to support iMedia Associates' work on information technology and Ekatay's work on software platforms for development programmes. I consult with international organisations such as DFID, the United Nations and World Bank as well as private sector companies from mobile phone operators to boutique consultancy firms such as Caribou Digital. I have worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Nigeria.

I recently completed a PhD thesis at the LSE titled 'Digital Faith: Social Media and the Enactment of Religious Identity in Pakistan, a mixed methods study for which I conducted 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork in urban and peri-urban Northern Punjab, Pakistan.

I live in London, play squash, cycle a Brompton and spend as much time in the countryside as possible.

  • Education
    • Development Studies (PhD), London School of Economics
    • Conflict Studies (MA) Bradford University
    • Communication & Politics (BA Hons), Leeds University