Mobile Technologies and Health in India and China project


The Mobile Technologies and Health in India and China project, funded by Fell Fund and hosted by the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), brings together research and expertise from four departments and three divisions across the University. This project investigates the ways in which mobile phone utilisation can affect access to healthcare services among rural populations in Rajasthan (India) and Gansu (China). To carry out this research, a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques, social network analysis, and participatory agent-based modelling will be employed.

Project Team
Xiaolan Fu  TMCD Director, Professor of Technology and International Development 
Proochista Ariana Departmental Lecturer in Global Health and Development at the Department of International Development (QEH) and the Department of Public Health 
Marco Haenssgen Research Student at the Department of International Development 
Felix Reed-Tsochas Saïd Business School
Gari Clifford  Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Project Updates
New Fell Fund Award for Project on Mobile Technologies and Health in India and China

ODID's Proochista Ariana, Marco Haenssgen and Xiaolan Fu along with Felix Reed-Tsochas (Said Business School) and Gari Clifford (Biomedical Engineering) have won a Fell Fund award of £28,068 for an interdisciplinary pilot project on mobile technologies and health in China and India.

Project Outputs
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Mobile phone diffusion and rural healthcare access in India and China

This thesis explores the theoretical link between mobile phone diffusion and healthcare access; develops and tests a new multidimensional indicator of mobile phone adoption; and analyses the effects of phone use on people's healthcare-seeking behaviour.