SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Elisa Oreglia

PhD, MIMS, (University of California Berkeley)
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Elisa Oreglia
Centre for Global Media and Communications

Lecturer in Global Digital Culture

Dr Elisa Oreglia
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SOAS University of London
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I study the appropriation and circulation of new media among marginal users in China and Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on local knowledge production and information sharing practices. I employ qualitative research methods, in particular ethnography, and am currently researching the self-invention of new media users in rural China, and the "digital imagination" in Myanmar.



China and Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar; Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD); Information Society and digital divides; localized information sharing practices and media production; intermediation in digital media use; rural markets and new media.



Ling, Rich and Oreglia, Elisa and Aricat, Rajiv and Panchapakesan, Chitra and O'Lwin, May (2015) 'The Use of Mobile Phones Among Trishaw Operators in Myanmar'. International Journal of Communication, (9), pp 3583-3600.

Burrell, Jenna and Oreglia, Elisa (2015) 'The myth of market price information: mobile phones and the application of economic knowledge in ICTD'. Economy and Society, (44) 2, pp 271-292.

Oreglia, Elisa and Srinivasan, Janaki (2015) 'ICT, Intermediaries, and the Transformation of Gendered Power Structures '. MIS Quarterly, (40) 2, pp 501-510.

Oreglia, Elisa (2014) 'ICT and (Personal) Development in Rural China'. Information Technologies & International Development, (10) 3, pp 19-30.

Book Chapters

Oreglia, Elisa and Burrell, Jenna (2017) 'The Myth of Market Price Information: Mobile Phones and the Application of Economic Knowledge in ICTD'. In: Graham, Mark, (ed.), Digital Economies at Global Margins. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Forthcoming]

Ling, Rich and Panchapakesan, Chitra and Aricat, Rajiv George and Oreglia, Elisa (2016) 'Mobile Communication in Myanmar'. In: Goggin, Gerard and McLelland, Mark, (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories. Abingdon: Routledge. [Forthcoming]

Conference Items

Finn, Megan and Oreglia, Elisa (2016) 'A Fundamentally Confused Document: Situation Reports and the Work of Producing Humanitarian Information' In: ACM International Conference in Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, 27/02/2016-02/03/2016, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Oreglia, Elisa and Kitner, Kathi R. (2013) 'The “Consumption Junction” of ICT in Emerging Markets:
 An Ethnography of Middlemen' In: EPIC - Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference 2013.

Oreglia, Elisa (2013) 'When technology doesn't fit: information sharing practices among farmers in rural China' In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development: Full Papers.

Oreglia, Elisa and Kaye, Joseph "Jofish" (2012) 'A gift from the city: mobile phones in rural China' In: Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.

Oreglia, Elisa and Liu, Ying and Zhao, Wei (2011) 'Designing for emerging rural users: experiences from China' In: CHI '11 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Vancouver, CA.

Lang, Xueming and Oreglia, Elisa and Thomas, Suzanne (2010) 'Social practices and mobile phone use of young migrant workers' In: MobileHCI '10 Proceedings of the 12th international conference on Human computer interaction with mobile devices and services.

Rosner, Daniela K. and Josling, John Mark and Moed, Andrea and Oreglia, Elisa (2007) 'Understanding target users of a digital reference library' In: Proceedings of the 7th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries.


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