SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Zulkarin Jahangir

MSc (Sheffield Hallam), MBA (Lincoln)
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Zulkarin Jahangir
Mr Zulkarin Jahangir
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Thesis title:
'Complexity' through mobile phone led 'networking'; exploring financial benefits of rural residents in Bangladesh
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Before coming to SOAS, Zulkarin was working in mobile/telecom apps and project/programme management, based in Glasgow. He worked for Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Electronic Art and XCE. Zulkarin was trained at Harvard Business School and involved as a Programme Coordinator, developing 'mobile-based' health care and educational projects for the South African Government and more recently the Bangladesh Government.

PhD Research

The explosion of mobile phones in developing countries and their impact on human well-being have been a central focus of ICT4D research. There has been a massive diffusion of mobiles in the past decade. A few authors have begun to make theoretical relations between this new adoption and their interaction with capability. This relation is most commonly made by viewing mobiles and the mobile network as a tool in one's context that provides access to more resources than were previously available. The network created by mobile phones, viewed through 'Complexity theory', can create connections between people which are subject to relatively simple rules of interaction (boolean logic). These inter-connected individuals, in the absence of any central control mechanism, over a period of time settle down to a state of dynamic equilibrium. This 'evolution of network' apparently has spontaneity ("self organizing")  and without external intervention, develops from an initially random set of interacting individuals, 'grouping' themselves based on their priority. This nature of 'complexity' in networking offers the possibility to give freedom to individuals through connecting/sharing, which can provide access to resources and be beneficial financially.


Information and communication technology, networking, chaos/complexity theory.