Dr Jaco Renken

Lecturer in Information Systems

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Current research is focused on: i) Champions and leaders and their role in socio-economic development; ii) The implications of data-intensive development, particularly new forms of data such and big and open data. Past lecturing positions were held at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. The experience from living and working in developing countries is now brought to bear on my ICT4D-focussed teaching and research as part of the Manchester Global Development Institute (GDI).

Areas of expertise

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms


  • Development Champions, Leadership, Digital Development, Data-intensive Development, Big Data, Digital Transformation, ICT4D, Development Informatics, Data Justice

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Doctor of Philosophy, Conceptualising ICT4D Champions, The University of Manchester (2012 - 2016)

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