I am a community-centered and impact-oriented researcher who uses qualitative and quantitative methods to uncover the socio-technical practices of underserved and disadvantaged communities. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania, and working on 1 World Connected project that examines the social and economic impact of Internet connectivity initiatives that targets unconnected communities through case studies and controlled trials around the world. I received my Ph.D. in Communication and Information at Rutgers University, with a focus on adoption and use of ICTs by disadvantaged and underserved communities. Prior to that, I was a USAID Research and Innovation fellow at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where I worked on an ICT for development (ICTD) project, examining the measurements of impact, sustainability, and development in ICTD research. Recently, I worked on a consultant project for a needs assessment on the promotion of entrepreneurship among youth in Sri Lanka as a YouLead! Fellow funded by USAID.
Along with my research trajectory, I examined the social and economic impact of Internet connectivity in Rwanda, ICT adoption and use of immigrant women entrepreneurs in New York City, broadband adoption by low-socio economic communities in the U.S., and social media use by media organizations in Afghanistan. As a member of 1 World Connected Project, I am affiliated with various research teams including Pew Research Global Mobile, The GSMA Connected Women, IEEE Internet Inclusion Initiative, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) EQUALS Initiative, World Economic Forum (WEF) Internet for All Initiative, Internet Societ’s (ISOC) Beyond the Net grant program, Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Connecting and Enabling the Next Billions Phase III (CENB-III) Initiative, IGF Dynamic Coalition on Innovative Approaches to Connecting the Unconnected, Digital Impact Alliance, and mSTAR/USAID. I have conducted research funded by USAID, EveryoneOn, New America, Internews Media, IBM, Yahoo, and National Science Foundation.
On a personal note, I’m of Turkish descent and got my bachelors in Psychology at Bogazici University in Istanbul. My name “Müge” comes from the French word Muguet and pronounced as Mew-geh (Audio Paris). When I’m not doing research, I’m likely listening to an interesting podcast, biking, swimming, hiking or planning for an adventurous trip. Currently, I’m writing about one of those trips and retrospectively trying to make sense of how I survived from my first cross-country motorcycle trip in Vietnam.
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