I’m interested in various aspects of the ICT ecosystem and media in developing/ emerging markets. I pay particular attention to the interplay of social, economic and regulatory factors in industry from a global perspective. My writing is at the intersection of media studies, communication theory and information studies.

I’m currently working with Omolade Adunbi on a project titled “Unintended consequences of technology in development”, funded by MCubed at the University of Michigan.

I recently (August) successfully defended my dissertation titled “Media, Technology, and the Global Technoclass: Case Studies from Ghana”. I’ll receive the PhD in Communication from the University of Michigan during the next commencement exercise in 2014.

Dissertation Committee:
Paddy Scannell (Communication, University of Michigan)
Aswin Punathambekar (Communication, University of Michigan)
Steve J. Jackson (Information Science, Cornell)
Joyojeet Pal (Information, University of Michigan)


Avle, S. (2014) ‘Articulating and enacting development: Skilled returnees in Ghana’s ICT industry’. Information Technologies & International Development 10(4) (In Press)

Avle, S. (2014) ‘Situating Ghana’s new media industry: liberalization and transnational entrepreneurship’. In Aslinger B. and Halegoua, G. (eds) Locating Emerging Media. London; New York: Routledge. (In Press).

Avle, S. (2012) ‘Flux mondiaux, médias et démocraties en développement: Le cas du Ghana’. Afrique Contemporaine 2011/4 (n° 240), pp. 93-107. [Translation of ‘Global flows, media and developing democracies: The Ghanaian case’].

Avle, S. (2011) ‘Global flows, media and developing democracies: The Ghanaian case’. Journal of African Media Studies 3: 1, pp. 7–23.

Working Papers

Avle, S. ‘Industry logics in ICT4D’.
Avle, S. ‘ICT entrepreneurship in the global south’.
Avle, S. & Adunbi, O. ‘Contours of the African digital space: The state, data protection and freedom of information’.

Please email me at seyram [at] umich [dot] edu if you would like copies of my papers. Thanks for stopping by.