Grants and awards


  • 2013: ‘Enhancing Humanity’s Collective Wisdom’ Prize. Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University
  • 2013: Named as one of Africa’s most powerful women in tech by ITNewsAfrica
  • 2012-2015: Clarendon Scholar and Desmond Tutu Award, University of Oxford
  • 2011: James R. Chen Award for Final Masters Projects, UC Berkeley Information School: Honourable Mention
  • 2010: Google Policy Fellowship
  • 2009: UC Berkeley School of Information Fellowship
  • 2004: Stanford University BASES social entrepreneurship award
  • 2003: Stanford Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship Program Scholarship
  • 2003: British Chevening Scholarship
  • 2000: Rhodes University Academic Colours


2015-2017 Principal investigator Software Sustainability Institute Data Ethics for Digital Social Science Research
2016 Principal investigator Leeds University Researcher Mobility Award: Political Bots Project
2016 Principal investigator Communities and Culture Network+ The Person in the Data: Digital Methods Toolkit Project
2013-2014 Principal investigator University of Oxford Doctoral Training Centre Grant to launch the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group (OxDEG)
2014 Co-investigator University of Oxford, Fell Fund Wikipedia geographies
2007-2009 Principal investigator Ford Foundation Local Context, Global Commons
2005-2006 Co-investigator International Development Research Centre Commons-sense: Towards an African Digital Information Commons
2005 Principal investigator Shuttleworth Foundation Copyright, Copyleft and Everything In Between