Jean-Paul Van Belle is a co-Principal Investigator for the Fairwork Foundation in South Africa, and the Principal Investigator on the related ‘Fairwork/FoWiGS’ (Fairwork as part of the Future of Work in the Global South) project [https://fowigs.net/]. He is also a professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Director of the Centre for IT and National Development in Africa (CITANDA).
Jean-Paul’s research areas include the adoption and use of emerging technologies in developing world contexts including mobile, cloud computing, open and big data. His passions are ICT4D – with a focus on emerging technologies as well as data for development (D4D) in an SDG context – and adoption of ICTs by small organisations. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications including 25 chapters in books and about 40 refereed journal articles. You can find a list of Jean-Paul’s publications on his UCT profile. Jean-Paul has been invited to give a number of keynote presentations at international conferences and holds an honorary professorship at Amity University, and he maintains active collaborations with researchers in India, UK, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mauritius.
For the Fairwork project, he takes a social science/developmental look at the Fairwork issues in South Africa, manages the local research activities, and contributes towards the publications emanating from the project.