Data are playing an increasingly important role in shaping development. Our panel will explore issues of data justice in development, including cases where data have led to social (in)justice, and practical strategies by which data can contribute to socially just development.
Data are playing an increasingly important role in shaping patterns and trajectories of development. Data can be a powerful tool for challenging societal harms but can also reflect and reinforce existing relationships of power. An essential challenge for development in a datafied world is thus how to realise data potentials while safeguarding against data risks. This challenge is gaining greater urgency as digital technologies and analytical methods become rapidly more sophisticated, with advances in fields such as artificial intelligence making it increasingly difficult to identify and combat data harms.
Our panel will bring together researchers exploring issues of data justice in development. Situating data within broader socio-political systems, data justice scholarship explores how choices at all stages of data value chains (from data generation to final use) can shape material outcomes for people and environments. Data justice scholars also seek to understand and devise alternative data practices and governance structures through which data can advance social justice.
We will convene a set of papers on the following themes:
- Cases of social (in)justice in and from data value chains, including due to AI
- Theorising data and socially just development
- Links between development data, decolonial praxis/es and/or epistemic justice
- Practical approaches to advancing justice through data and mitigating data injustices
- Data justice beyond personal data e.g., the justice implications of satellite remote sensing
Accepted papers:Session 1
Sharada Davidson (University of Strathclyde)
Naira Dehmel (King's College London) Phil Franks (International Institute for Environment and Development) Kate Schreckenberg (King's College London)
Rose Pritchard (University of Manchester) Marina Requena Mora (ICTA UAB) José Pablo Prado Córdova (Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala) Laura Aileen Sauls (George Mason University) Klerkson Lugasa Timothy Foster (University of Manchester) Charis Enns (University of Manchester) Natalie York (University of Manchester)
Sook Lin Toh (University of Southern California)
José Antonio Galhardo (Office of the Comptroller General (CGU)) Gabriel Nosenzo Galhardo (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo)
Carla Bonina (Surrey Business School) Martín Harracá (University of Surrey) Lorena Etcheverry (Universidad de la República)
Kate O'Donnell (International Institute of Social Studies) Andrew Fischer (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Vivian Guo (IT University of Copenhagen)
Prakriti Chopra (University of Oxford)
Preeti Raghunath (University of Sheffield, UK)
Kathy Dodworth (University of Edinburgh) Jean-Benoît Falisse (University of Edinburgh)
Gianluca Iazzolino (Global Development Institute, University of Manchester) Nimesh Dhungana (University of Manchester) João C. Magalhães
Niheer Dasandi (University of Birmingham) Jasmine Burnley (University of Birmingham) Laurence Cooley (University of Birmingham)
Vinayak Krishnan (University of Sussex)