Angela Okune: Brief Research Description


“Research for Africa”: Qualitative Data Sharing Cultures and Practices

This doctoral research project examines how qualitative research data is produced, shared, and contested by diverse research groups in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite decades of research aiming to solve Africa’s problems and billions of dollars in funding, many of those who are studied see little change in their everyday lives. Particular communities such as groups in Kibera, an infamous slum in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, demonstrate survey fatigue, falsified responses, and even feelings of being exploited by global processes of scientific knowledge production. Through a comparative study of three Nairobi-based research organizations working in and on technology and development, I will examine the negotiations over privacy, quality, commercialization, and moral duty enacted by the process of opening up qualitative research data. This research will analyze the changing ideas about data sharing among social scientists in Africa, responding both to increasing concern that scientific knowledge is not benefiting the communities studied and to growing, global interest in the possible benefits of “open data.”


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Contributed date

July 27, 2018 - 6:38pm

Critical Commentary

AO: This research project description is intended to give context on why these literatures are being investigated.


Angela Okune




1347 Merced Street
Richmond, CA
United States

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Angela Okune, "Angela Okune: Brief Research Description", contributed by Angela Okune, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 27 July 2018, accessed 17 May 2022.