Associate Editor: Israr Qureshi

Australian National University

Term: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022

Research Background and Interests:

I am interested in social innovations related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) that lead to social transformation.

A core area of my research is ICT enabled social intermediation, which explores the role of digital technology in engendering market linkages and sustainable social development in the context of the rural and resource-constrained environment. I have a particular interest in digital social innovations that are designed to address poverty, social exclusion, marginalization, and social inequality. I am happy to handle manuscripts that have a focus on one or more of the following topics.

  • the role digital technologies play in social entrepreneurship and sustainable development;
  • the sharing economy for the base of the pyramid population, especially the cooperative platforms intended to encourage local community-based sharing;
  • the role of digital technologies in business and sustainability, specifically the environmental impact of current business and consumption practices, and ways to encourage frugal, responsible, and sustainable consumption.

Methodological interests:

I often use a case study approach in my research, but I have used other methods such as surveys, diary approach, q-methodology, and social network analysis. I believe that researchers should have a breadth of methods tools in their repository, and their research question(s) should determine the methods they want to use rather than other way around. Thus, I keenly look for justifications provided by the researcher on why a particular method is relevant to their research question.

Qualifications: I do not have a strong interest/ability in handling papers on the following topics:

  • Econometrics, panel data analysis, data mining
  • Firm-level quantitative studies
  • AI, Robotics, automation, or similar cutting edge technological contexts unless related to addressing sustainable development goals.