Pass the Tech

Pass the Tech was born in a Development Communications class at AUP. The students took on an assignment where they collected used laptops and sent them to Hatua Likoni, an NGO in Mombasa, Kenya, which follows and supports students from secondary school to university. Afterwards, they were challenged to create an organization that would ensure the sustainability of their efforts. In its current iteration, Pass the Tech aims to send 100 used and refurbished laptops to Mombasa each fall, so that the program’s students have laptops for their university studies. Take a look at the video below titled "Kenya's Digital Divide: Empowering Mombasa's Youth" through which you get to experience first-hand the impact of this student-faculty collaboration. 

Persistent Women

share their stories

How can we solve a problem if we don't fully understand it?

Gender discrimination is the biased treatment of someone based on their gender, which happens to women in the workplace—a lot. The stories on this website exhibit the intricate nature of gender discrimination in the workplace, which must be recognized if we are to end this pervasive issue. 

Sharing stories invites us to feel and challenges us to learn. These are their stories—these are our stories. Find out more...

Do extreme wealth inequalities turn societies into plutocracies? investigates how the ultra-rich influence politics.

The project, developed by students and Prof. Peter Hägel within the course at AUP, is non-partisan and non-profit.

Design and Performance Workshop

Digital Ethnography & Participatory Politics Workshop

Digital Ethnography & Participatory Politics – Methodological Challenges & Opportunities for Publics and Ethnographers

With this workshop, you will explore a mix of methods to be used in a moving, digital field site when identifying, collecting, and analyzing ethnographic materials. You will also investigate ways in which researchers can critically engage with manifestations of culture, even as those manifestations become increasingly mediated across various media sources.

In the first portion of the workshop, Fatima Aziz (PhD candidate at École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales, Paris, whose research focuses on identity and sociality as co-constructed practices shaped by photographic production, sharing, and interpretation across social media) will introduce the challenges posed by conducting research across social media, which is used as a political platform by publics and as a moving digital field site for ethnographic inquiries. Her insights into the challenges of conducting a digital ethnographic inquiry across different social media will be inspired by the empirical examples she’s drawn from her research into the Twitter movements #tousvoilés and #hijabday.

In the second part of the workshop, you and your fellow participants will engage in a speculative research design discussion, be introduced to different available digital tools for conducting ethnographic inquiries, and explore your own research processes, while creating ethnographic inquiry scenarios. 

How People Consume the News

In the Spring semester, 2017, Professor Westley’s class CM1023b undertook a research project into their peers’ news consumption. The research methodology was triangulated through three different stages and modes of enquiry. 

  • Stage 1: The class filled out detailed news diaries of their news consumption over one week. These diaries were then analyzed by a group of students (group 1). The data analysis was presented to the class in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, when each student explained his/her own slides. Their findings were further summarized in an essay. 
  • Stage 2: A second group of students designed and sent out a news survey to the AUP student body. There were 80 respondents. The group then analyzed these results and compared them with the results from group 1 to identify trends and differences. The research was presented to the class in a PowerPoint presentation and summarized in an essay. 
  • Stage 3: A third group of students examined research into international millennials’ news consumption. They then compared this research with the findings of group 2. Similarly, the results were first presented and explained in a PowerPoint presentation and then summarized in an essay. 

Take a look at their project website that presents their findings, their discussion of the data and their conclusions.