Susan Wyche, PhD

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Wyche, S.P., "Exploring Mobile Phone and Social Media Use in a Nairobi Slum: A Case for Alternative Approaches to Design in ICTD", Proc. International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD'15), Singapore (to appear).

Wyche, S.P.,Densmore, M. and Geyer, B., "Real Mobiles: Kenyan and Zambian Smallholder Farmers' Current Attitudes Towards Mobile Phones", Proc. International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD'15), Singapore (to appear).

Steinfield, C., Wyche, S.P., Cai, T. and Chiwasa, H.R., "The Mobile Divide Revisited: Mobile Phone Use by Smallholder Farmers in Malawi", Proc. International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD'15), Singapore (to appear).

Wyche, S.P., Lampe, C., Rangaswamy, N., Peters, A., Monroy-Hernandez, A. and Antin, J. (2014). "Facebook in the Developing World: The Myths and Realities Underlying a Socially Networked World,"Panel at ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW'14).[PDF].

Wyche, S.P., Forte, A. and Schoenebeck, S.Y., (2013). "Hustling Online: Understanding Consolidated Facebook Use in an Informal Settlement in Nairobi," Proc. of ACM SIGCHI Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'13), Paris, France. [PDF]. (Best Paper Honorable Mention Award).

Wyche, S.P. and Murphy, L.L., (2013). "Powering the Cellphone Revolution: Findings from Mobile Phone Charging Trials in Off-Grid Kenya," Proc. of ACM SIGCHI Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'13), Paris, France. [PDF].

Current Research

Social Media Use in Rural and Urban Kenya

Facebook is a global phenomenon, yet little is known about use of the site in urban parts of the developing world where the social network's users are increasingly located.

July 2013: Research mentioned in MIT Tech Review article about Facebook in the developing world. [LINK]

Barriers to Mobile Phone Use in Rural Kenya

Mobile phone users in rural parts of the developing world, especially Africa, adapt to lack of electricity, poverty,remote locations, unpredictable services, and second-hand technology. Meanwhile, the technology developers are forging ahead, designing for smartphones, high-speed data packets, and Internet access, not the dumb phones and parsimonious voice calls of the rural householder.