Ryann Elizabeth Manning
Ryann is interested in occupational and organizational identity, culture, and organizational effectiveness in the international development and global health sectors and in organizations that operate in developing countries. Her current research focuses on public sector nurses in West Africa. She has also done research on culture and global collaboration (with Tsedal Neeley) and on the international development blogosphere (chapter forthcoming in Popular Representations of Development, Routledge).
Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Ryann worked as a researcher and manager in international development and global health, and has lived in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, and El Salvador. She has worked for a range of organizations including the World Bank, Council on Foreign Relations, and Concern Worldwide's Innovations for Maternal Newborn and Child Health. She is also a founding member and Director of the Welbodi Partnership, an organization that supports pediatric healthcare in Sierra Leone. Ryann received an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2001, and MPP degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2005.
FollowMe.IntDev.Com: International Development in the Blogosphere
This chapter explores online blogs as a new forum for discussing ideas and practices in international development. Based on a qualitative study of conversations that take place across multiple blogs, I conclude that the blogosphere combines features of a public sphere, in which people convene to discuss issues of public interest, and an invisible college, in which experts create, verify, and legitimise knowledge and expertise. Blogs have the potential to be inclusive and participatory, but they also exclude many groups and privilege certain forms of expertise, and are dominated by a sophisticated and wired global elite.
Keywords: International Development;
Equality and Inequality;
Social and Collaborative Networks;
Developing Countries and Economies;
Manning, Ryann Elizabeth. "FollowMe.IntDev.Com: International Development in the Blogosphere." Chap. 12 in Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media
, edited by David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, and Michael Woolcock. Routledge, forthcoming.