Posted on 21/11/2012
Sammia Poveda, a second-year PhD student in the Department of Geography, has been awarded the 2012 Postgraduate Travel Award by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG) of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) to fund her PhD research in Campinas, Brazil. Sammia is a member of the Politics, Development and Sustainability (PDS) Research Group and the ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway. Sammia will be investigating the impacts of digital inclusion projects on individuals in an effort to understand which elements of project design and delivery are particularly effective in promoting empowerment. Digital inclusion projects seek to improve individuals' access to and use of computers. Sammia will be working alongside a number of organisations running such projects.
Sammia is delighted to receive the travel award saying, "As a foreign student and self-funded, being awarded the travel grant from DARG is both an honour and a huge support for my research. Having the recognition from a research group of the RGS-IBG is a wonderful reassurance that you are doing work that is meaningful not only to you, but also for others. I hope with my research I can contribute, in a small way, to the empowerment of those who need it most."
Sammia has worked in the field of communications and development for a number of years. The picture shows her working alongside a course participant in activities organised by the Brazilian non-governmental organisation CDI which works with members of low-income communities to improve their lives through the use of ICTs.