I joined the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow in 2020, and I am currently working on the Governing Life through Technology, Connectivity and Humanitarianism (GLiTCH) project funded by the ESRC from 2020-2022. 

The project examines how financial and digital technologies are transforming refugee governance. Debit cards have radically changed humanitarian aid and post-disaster relief, allowing both providers and recipients greater flexibility in providing for basic needs. Tech start-ups and volunteer cartographers have produced a range of apps, maps and digital information hubs for refugees seeking local information. Financial and digital technologies allow people to move, live and work in new ways and yet there is little research asking how digital technologies and debit cards change relationships between humanitarian organisations, aid workers, refugees and recipients, new private sector actors and government agencies.

Research Team: Nadine Hassouneh, Glenda GarelliLauren Martin (PI), Aila Spathopolou, Martina TazzioliHanna Ruszczyk

Project Page on UKRI Link
Project Twitter Handle @GLITCHProject2