2023 Programme


Territories of Technology, Innovation and Development

Conducting Research in the Global South: Practical, Methodological and Ethical Challenges/Opportunities

Tuesday 30 May - Online

Links to join and papers associated with talks will be circulated to registered participants in advance.

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10:00 - 10:15

Introduction & welcome to SETU

  • Dr Pieternella Pieterse, Chair, DSA Ireland
  • Dr Eileen Doyle Walsh, Head of the Department of Humanities, SETU Carlow
10:15 - 11:00 

Data Collection in the Global South: Hard Won Data

Dr P.J. Wall - Lecturer, Department of Business & Management SETU Carlow & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin

11:00 - 11:45

Data Collection in the Global South: Hard Won Data 

Dr Deepak Saxena - Assistant Professor (Management Information Systems), Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur

11:45 - 12:30

Creative Research Methods and Ethics

Professor Su-Ming Khoo - Associate Professor and Vice-Dean (Internationalisation) College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, University of Galway

12:30- 13:30


13.30 - 14.15

Professor Dorothy Okello - Dean, School of Engineering, Makerere University Uganda

14.15 - 15.00

Philosophical approaches in Information Systems: processual and Southern Theory

Dr David Kreps - Senior Lecturer Business and Economics, University of Galway

15.00 - 15.45

Navigating the tension between Western and indigenous epistemologies

Dr Magdalena Ohaja - Lecturer Nursing & Midwifery, University of Galway

15.45 - 16.30 

Ethics, Power and Positionality: Putting Principles into Practice in Development Research in the Global South

  • Dr Eilish Dillon - Assistant Professor, Department of International Development, Maynooth University


Wed 31 May - In Person SETU Carlow Campus

10:00 - 10:15

Opening and Welcome

  • Dr Pieternella Pieterse, Chair, DSA Ireland
10:15 - 11:15

‘Speed dating/networking’ - getting to know the work/study focus of other PhD/Masters students and NGO researchers. 

11:15 - 11:45

Coffee Break


Workshop and Reflection on Day 1 on conducting research in the Global South. 

Moderated by Dr Pieternella Pieterse, Chair and Dr Sheila Long

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00

Workshop on the ethical/methodological/practical issues of researching in the Global South 

Moderated by Dr Pieternella Pieterse, Chair and Dr Sheila Long

15:00 - 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:30Mentoring - specific academics assigned to groups

About the Speakers

Dr P.J. Wall holds the positions of Lecturer with SETU and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin.  He has been part of the ADAPT Centre in Trinity for many years, and has previously been a Research Fellow and Teaching Fellow with the School of Computer Science and Statistics. P.J. also holds a variety of visiting Professor positions including with the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur.  His main research interests are AI, digital innovation in the Global South, the ethics of AI and digital innovation, and research/academic integrity. His PhD work examined mobile and digital health in Sierra Leone with a focus on the use of mobile phones and artificial intelligence. He is particularly interested in the social, cultural, and political aspects of the implementation, use and scaling of such technologies in low-resource contexts and the potential for digital innovation to reconfigure practice in the fields of healthcare and education. P.J. works with a variety of national/international partners and networks including the University of Manchester, the University of Oslo, Yale University, Makerere University Uganda, World Vision and the Development Studies Association of Ireland.

Dr. Deepak Saxena is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur. He obtained his PhD in Management Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to his PhD, he worked with Indian Space Research Organisation, and National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies in India. 

His current areas of interest include ICT4D,  AI Ethics, and Enterprise Systems.  A critical realist by heart, his research approach is contextual and processual. He has published in journals such as Australasian Journal of Information Systems, Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, Information Technology for Development, Journal of Information Science, Electronic Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases, among others. 

Professor Su-ming Khoo is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Sociology, and leads the Environment, Development and Sustainability (Whitaker Institute) and Socio-Economic Impact (Ryan Institute) Research Clusters at NUI Galway. Her research is on human rights, human development, public goods, development alternatives, decoloniality, global activism, and higher education. She is widely published and has served on a broad range of professional associations and committess including currently sitting on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning. From 2019-2022 Su-Ming was Principal Investigator on IRC-COALESCE BCAUSE project : Building Collaborative Approaches to University Strategies against Exclusion in Ireland and Africa: pedagogies for quality Higher Education and inclusive global citizenship.

Professor Dorothy Okello is an Ugandan technologist, professor, and engineer known for founding the Women of Uganda Network or WOUGNET. In 2016, she became the first female president of the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers Association. She has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University, Uganda, a MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada (where she received a Commonwealth Scholarship). She has worked to get more women and rural communities engaged in the information society.

Dr David Krepps - Combining philosophy with a background in the arts, cultural theory, and sociology, to address a critical perspective on systems theory, David is a critical philosopher of Information Systems – the trans-disciplinary space where computing, the social, and the nature of our relationship with reality intersect. David is Chair of IFIP TC9 on ICT and Society and a member of the IFIP Board.  Full details of David's academic activities are available at http://david.kreps.org/ 

Dr Magdalena Ohaja is a lecturer in Midwifery at NUI Galway. She is a qualitative researcher. Her PhD thesis explored the concept of safe motherhood as experienced and understood by women, midwives and traditional birth attendants as well as the social structures that shape their experiences and understanding in southeast Nigeria. The study employed hermeneutic phenomenological approach guided by poststructural feminism.

Dr. Eilish Dillon is an Assistant Professor at the Maynooth University Department of International Development. Eilish has been actively engaged in global and development education in Ireland for over 30 years. She has 10 years second-level teaching experience and 20 years’ experience in programme design, curriculum development, co-ordination and teaching in higher education. She has been an active contributor to civil society global development and education projects during this time through work with Comhlámh, Amnesty International, Banúlacht and the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA). She completed doctoral research in adult and higher education and has published widely on global and development education and communications in peer reviewed journals and books has engaged in supporting ethical global development communications in Ireland for many years, acting as an advisor to Dóchas on its working groups on the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages (2010 - 2016) and on its Worldview Research Project (2020 - 2021).