Introducing Walter Scott doctoral research student Nur Laiq

nur laiq

What is your academic background and how did this lead you to an interest in the global history of capitalism?

I have worked in the public policy sphere on issues of political inclusion and socio-economic equity in liberal democracies and in post-conflict societies. I am interested in investigating the power of technology based on my experience in the political and policy arena.  In an era when governments seek tech solutions and digital divides reveal inequalities, it is critical to understand how this shapes our contemporary polities.  
Tell us a bit more about your current research and what aspect of this you would like to develop into a GHoC case study? 
My work focuses on the political and policy infrastructure that undergirded the rise of technology and its use for the delivery of public and social goods. I examine the idea of tech as a path to economic growth and development; and as a means through which to promote inclusion and equity. 

 What have been your biggest influences in relation to your research?  Do you have any recommendations for books, articles, media related to this area?

Conducting interviews with some of the key actors in the tech and policy sphere has been particularly interesting. A media recommendation is the podcast Sway by a New York Times journalist, who unpacks tech, power, and politics.

 How has your life as a researcher changed over recent times?  Do you have any advice/tips for other research students?

Being out in the field adds a level of granularity and nuance that can’t be beaten.

What do you like doing when you’re not buried in your research?!