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Sarah Wagner

Communication Networks

Internet Interdisciplinary Institute



Sarah Wagner is a Doctoral Researcher in the Communication Networks and Social Change research group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute in Barcelona, Spain. Her research concerns new media appropriations in culturally diverse contexts. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on methodologies from media anthropology and science and technology studies, she has been analyzing interrelations of local communicative ecologies and mobile technology service systems.

Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, Sarah has a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Science in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies from KU Leuven in Belgium. She has been involved in indigenous new media politics since 2011—both research and practice—working with indigenous councils in Northern Canada and Latin America. Her research develops a political economy approach to ‘digital inclusion’, bringing together analyses of mobile media industries, ICT public policies and local-level mobile appropriations. Recent fieldwork involved community-based research projects with Guaraní peoples in Argentina and Bolivia on the decolonization of mobile media.

Sarah’s research has been published in New Media and Society and presented at numerous international conferences, including those of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), the International Communication Association (ICA) and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).