A Kenyan lecturer from Moi University has won a Facebook research award beating other applicants from across the globe, local online website, Daily Nation reports.
Duncan Omanga, who is the head of department of publishing and Media Studies School of information sciences at the University, will receive $50,000 which will be used to conduct a research on how Facebook has impacted people’s lives.
According to a statement from the University, Omanga will use the grant to run a project in Kayole, Umoja and Huruma estates of Nairobi. He hopes to examine the intersections of journalistic routines, community policing and Facebook, by way of an investigation of the life-worlds and discursive practices that locate criminal gangs, digital publics and the police service in one social media space, the report said.
The award was given by the social media giant under the Facebook Protect and Care Research projects.
As part of its mission, Facebook’s Protect & Care team collaborates with scholars around the world who work at the intersection of technology & society.
The awards are intended to support independent research by providing scholars resources to free up their time to gather new insights, develop new conceptual tools and propose novel projects that synthesize existing research and knowledge.