Prof. Dorothea Kleine


  • Professorial Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Theme Lead: Digital Technologies, Data and Innovation
  • Tel: 0114 222 6067
  • Email: d.j.kleine@sheffield.ac.uk
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Dorothea’s research investigates sustainable human development, global justice, and the potential role of digital technologies in making progress towards these aims.

Her key research interests are:

  • Sustainable and just development futures in the global South (and North)
  • Information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D)
  • Ethics of ICT-related development interventions, responsible innovation and data ethics
  • The capabilities approach and sustainable development
  • Sustainable/ethical consumption research, food geographies, trade justice and Fair Trade

Themes such as participation, gender, justice and choice run strongly through her work. She has conducted research in Latin America (Brazil; Chile), Europe (UK, Germany), South Asia (India) and Africa (Kenya; South Africa).

Dorothea is strongly committed to research which is both academically excellent and can have a positive impact in the context of the global challenges we face today. Thus her work includes participatory action research in partnership with local communities and marginalised groups, theoretical reflections on the need to redefine “development”, evaluation of NGO programmes, as well as international keynotes, scientific advisory roles and speaking at global policy conferences.

Before joining Sheffield in September 2016, Dorothea held posts at Royal Holloway, University of London, the University of Cambridge and Bonn University. Educated at the University of Munich (LMU and TUM) and the University of Oxford, she holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  Dorothea has conducted collaborative research with and/or advised UNICEF, UNEP, EuropeAid, DFID, GIZ, IDRC, private sector organisations and NGOs.

Her latest book is Technologies of Choice: ICTs, development and the capabilities approach (MIT Press, 2013)