Emrys Schoemaker

Consultant, Director, and Photographer in London, UK

Emrys Schoemaker

Consultant, Director, and Photographer in London, UK

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I research the use of communication technologies in complex and often conflict affected communities, and use insight to help governments, international organisations and the private sector 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 their interaction with social practices, relationships and identities, and their implications for politics and power. I work with Caribou Digital and 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.

My 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.

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