OU international development community welcomes new PhD students



The OU’s International Development and Inclusive Innovation (IDII) Priority Research Area, led by DPP’s Giles Mohan, is delighted to welcome four new doctoral students.

Frangton Chiyemura holds an MA in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he received the Postgraduate Merit Award and Andrew W Mellon Foundation Humanities Award. Overcoming energy poverty is key to economic growth in Ethiopia and Frangton’s research will investigate the impacts of Chinese renewable energy infrastructure investments – in particular on bottom of the pyramid populations – and the importance of south-south cooperation to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Alice Gathoni has an MPhil from the University of Cambridge where she was an International Ford Foundation Fellow under which she did her MEd in Education (autism) at the University of Hawaii. She has been extensively involved in capacity building and sensitisation on issues of disability, orphans and vulnerable children. Her research will explore the role of online technologies in developing capabilities for youth with disabilities in higher education in Kenya.

Gauri Misra holds an MA in History (University of Delhi), an MA in Globalisation and Development (University of Sussex) and has wide experience in corporate responsibility and in strategising the role of the private sector in sustainable and inclusive development. Markets are increasingly important in development and Gauri’s research will explore the private sector’s role in fulfilling basic needs with a particular focus on multinationals and their innovative strategies in India.

Alois Nyanhete works with the Centre for Inclusive Finance in Zimbabwe and holds an Advanced Master’s degree in Microfinance from Université Libre de Bruxelles awarded with Grande Distinction. Alois is interested in policies that improve financial inclusion and his doctoral research will investigate the role international remittances sent through mobile networks have in empowering recipients and in reaching those excluded from formal financial systems.

You can find out more about the International Development and Inclusive Innovation (IDII) Priority Research Area here: http://www.open.ac.uk/research/main/our-research/international-development