Data Justice For Development: What Would It Mean?

Development Informatics Working Paper no. 63, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-905469-58-1

20 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2019

See all articles by Richard Heeks

Richard Heeks

University of Manchester

Jaco Renken

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute

Date Written: August 3, 2016

Abstract

This paper looks at the intersection of two growing trends in international development –use of justice in development theory, and use of data in development practice – and asks what data-justice-for-development would mean. The rationale for this can be the presence of current data injustices, and different framings for data injustice point to three different mainstream perspectives on data justice: instrumental, procedural, and distributive/rights-based. These three perspectives are explained but they are also subject to small data, sustainability, Senian, and structural critiques.

A full understanding of the mainstream perspectives and conceptualisation of the critiques is largely the task of a future research agenda. However, the paper does particularly argue that a structural approach should be the foundation for understanding data justice in a development context. It offers three potential ways to conceptualise structural data justice – through the ideas of Iris Marion Young, of political economy, and of the capability approach – and ends with some thoughts on the practical agenda when seeking to deliver structural data justice for development.

Suggested Citation

Heeks, Richard and Renken, Jaco, Data Justice For Development: What Would It Mean? (August 3, 2016). Development Informatics Working Paper no. 63, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-905469-58-1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3431744 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3431744

Richard Heeks (Contact Author)

University of Manchester ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Jaco Renken

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
27
Abstract Views
204
PlumX Metrics