Dr. Laura Mann is a sociologist whose research focuses on the political economy
of markets and new information and communication technologies in Africa. Before joining
the LSE as an assistant professor, she worked as a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute
at the University of Oxford and at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. She is on the
Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy and is the book
reviews editor for Africa. Currently she is working on two major projects: a book project
examining the economic ideology of the Islamist movement in Sudan and a new research
project examining the political economy of digital data value chains in agriculture (in the Rift
Valley, Kenya and the Central Valley, California, USA). She is a research affiliate of the
Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa.
She will be a facilitator on the panel: e-Entrepreneurs In the New Age.