Co-Lead, Research Theme 4: Reconnecting the Disconnected: New Channels of Voice and Representation
Institute for Development Studies (IDS)

I am a Research Fellow and Co-Leader of the Digital and Technology cluster. My professional experience and research interests encompass gender and technology, mobile communication studies, human computer interaction and technology for social change.

I have fifteen years’ strategic and programme experience working in Information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) and technology for human rights organisations. I started her career in digital start-ups, working on the UK’s first e-commerce platforms in the 1990s.

Research interests
  • Gender and technology
  • Digital skills and youth
  • Digital inequalities
  • Algorithmic decision making
Policy Brief

Digital Poverty in the UK

Faith, B., Hernandez, K. and Beecher, J. (2022), IDS Policy Briefing 202, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies

Digit Data Commentary

Measuring digital exclusion: Why what is counted is also what counts

29 March 2022

This data commentary offers a critical review of the evidence currently available to understand the nature of digital exclusion in the UK.

Digit Blogs

Digital levelling up: starting early to tackle digital poverty

28 November 2022

Becky Faith and Emma Daniel look at barriers to digital levelling up in Sussex.

Research articles

Faith, B. “Maintenance Affordances and Structural Inequalities: Mobile Phone Use by Low-Income.” Information Technologies & International Development (Special Section)14 (2018): 66-80.

Faith, B and Fraser, E (2018) What Works to Prevent Cyber Violence against Women and Girls, VAWG Helpdesk Research Report No. 212. London, UK: VAWG Helpdesk.

Faith, B. (2017) ‘Decent Work in a Digital World‘, Digital and Technology Briefing, Brighton: IDS

Faith, B. (2017) Automation, Women, and the Future of Work, The Impact Initiative, Rapid Response Briefing 1. Brighton, IDS.

Digit researchers’ policy brief on Digital Poverty

13 September 2022

A new policy brief by Digit researchers highlights that 1 in 10 of England’s poorest households (9 percent) reduce spending on food or clothes to afford phone or home internet.

The crisis of digital exclusion in hyper connected times

17 December 2020

Digit Research Fellows Becky Faith and Kevin Hernandez have written a blog which looks at the current crisis of digital exclusion in hyper connected times.

Digit Debates talk

Digital Brighton & Hove Employment Project: exploring connections and exclusion in employment and jobseeking.  Watch