Posted on 08/12/2012
Caitlin Bentley (right) with Gender Links member Sifiso Dube
Caitlin Bentley, a Year 3 PhD student, has been awarded a Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship. Caitlin is a member of the Politics, Development and Sustainability (PDS) group and the ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway. Her PhD research investigates the role of ICTs in donor-recipient relationships in the international development sector. In particular, she is examining how ICTs are used by large international donor organisations in their work with civil society organisations in Africa.
Caitlin is currently carrying out research with Gender Links in South Africa, and will also conduct research in Swaziland, Mozambique and Senegal. She has already conducted interviews with bilateral donors in Europe and North America.
On getting the news of the fellowship, Caitlin said: "This fellowship comes at a critical time for me as I can now attend ICT4D conferences abroad, present my preliminary research findings and gain feedback before I complete my thesis. I am also thrilled to be able to organise a workshop in 2013 on visualisation software programming skills that will benefit other ICT4D students and staff at Royal Holloway, as well as my UK participants.It is a great way to give back to my community and UK participants, and gain access to a network of researchers from different disciplines that are also struggling with software sustainability issues."