Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Ineke Buskens
Ineke Buskens works internationally as an independent research, facilitation and gender consultant and has published on qualitative and emancipatory research methodology; women’s health and HIV/AIDS; gender and information communication technology; and open development. Born in the Netherlands Ineke obtained her Drs degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Leiden. She has lived in Ghana, India, Brazil and South Africa where she currently resides.
Ineke stands for an epistemology of empowered inclusion: knowledge needs to be formed and informed by the people who are affected by it. This makes intentional agency, self-awareness, dialogue and critical and creative voice imperative human capacities. Hence the emphasis Ineke places on nurturing these in all her work, in all involved: Whilst still a graduate student at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands), Ineke codesigned and co-facilitated the first women’s studies majors in the country (1978-1980); As head of the Centre for Research Methodology at the Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa (1991-1996), she designed and facilitated the country’s first experientially based, qualitative research education modules and provided some of the first opportunities for social science researchers of different ethnic backgrounds to learn together. Ineke has been the GRACE Network’s research director and project leader since its inception in 2004 ( and has been the main editor of its two books.
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    Dr. Niall Hayes

Niall Hayes is a Reader in Information and Organisation in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University. He is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation. He has published in journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Information and Organization, Journal of Information Technology and New Technology, Work and Employment. He is an Associate Editor for Information Systems Journal and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for New, Technology, Work and Employment.  He has edited several special issues relating to international development and information technology. His research sits on the boundaries between information systems, organization studies and development studies. His research interests relate to the social and organisational implications arising from the introduction and use of information systems in organisations. His specific research domains are fourfold: knowledge management, electronic government, plagiarism detection systems and information and communication technology in developing countries and for development.

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