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Laura Hosman

Laura Hosman

Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
  • Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Laura Hosman is an associate professor at Arizona State University, holding a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and in The Polytechnic School. Her work is action-oriented and focuses on the role for information and communications technology (ICT) in developing countries. Presently, she focuses on ICT-in-education projects, and brings her passion for experiential learning to the classroom by leading real-world-focused, project-based courses that have seen student-built technology deployed in schools in the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and East Africa. Her current initiative, SolarSPELL, is an offline, solar-powered digital library designed and localized for its user-communities. To date, there are over 270 SolarSPELL libraries across 8 countries in the Pacific and East Africa. More about the SolarSPELL initiative can be found here:


  • PhD (with distinction), Poltical Economy and Public Policy, University of Southern California, 2006
  • MA, Economics, University of Southern California, 2004
  • MA (cum laude), International Relations (Fulbright Scholar), University of Amsterdam, 2000
  • BA (magna cum laude), Political Science, Wheaton College, 1997


Journal Articles


Armey, L. E. and L. Hosman. 2017. The centrality of electricity to ICT use in low-income countries. Telecommunications Policy 40(7):617-627. DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2015.08.005. (link )


Hosman, L. 2014. Improving partnerships: Applying lessons learned to improve partnerships in innovative educational experiences. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement 5(1):24-50. DOI:

Hosman, L. and P. N. Howard. 2014. Telecom policy across the former Yugoslavia: Incentives, challenges, and lessons learned. Journal of Information Policy 4(2014):67-104. DOI: 10.5325/jinfopoli.4.2014.0067. (link )


Hosman, L. and B. Baikie. 2013. Solar-powered cloud computing datacenters. IT Professional 15(2):15-21. DOI: 10.1109/MITP.2011.116. (link )

Hosman, L. and M. Cvetanoska. 2013. Technology, teachers, and training: Combining theory with Macedonia's experience. International Journal of Education and Development Using Information and Communication Technology 9(3):28-49. (link )


Hosman, L. and E. Fife. 2012. The use of mobile phones for development in Africa: Top-down meets bottom-up partnering. The Journal of Community Informatics 8(3):. (link )


Hosman, L. 2010. Policies, partnerships, and pragmatism: Lessons from an ICT-in-Education Project in rural Uganda. Infromation Technologies & International Development 6(1):48-64. (link )

Hosman, L. 2010. Policy considerations from a nationwide IT-in-Education Intiative: Macedonia connects. Journal of Information Technology & Politics 7(4):369-383. DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2010.489407. (link )


Hosman, L. 2009. Dividing the oils: Dynamic bargaining as policy formation in the Nigerian petroleum industry. Review of Policy Research 26(5):609-632. DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-1338.2009.00408.x. (link )

Hosman, L. 2009. Dynamic bargaining and the prospect for learning in the petroleum industry: The case of Kazakhstan. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 8(1):1-25. DOI: 10.1163/156914909X403162. (link )


Hosman, L. and E. Fife. 2008. Improving the prospects for sustainable ICT projects in the developing world. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics 4(1):51-69. DOI: 10.1386/macp.4.1.51_1. (link )

Hosman, L., E. Fife and L. E. Armey. 2008. The case for a multi-methodological, cross-disciplinary approach to the analysis of ICT investment and projects in the developing world. Information Technology for Development 14(4):308-327. DOI: 10.1002/itdj.20109. (link )


Fife, E. and L. Hosman. 2007. Public private partnerships and the prospects for sustainable ICT projects in the developing world. Journal of Law and Governance 2(3):57-70. (link )

Book Chapters


Hosman, L. 2010. A national ICT-in-Education Initiative: Macedonia. Pp. 1-16 In: Kamel, S. ed., E-Strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption: National ICT Approaches for Socioeconomic Development. IGI Global. Hershey, PA. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-388-3.ch001.


Fife, E., L. Hosman and F. Pereira. 2008. Governmental and cultural factors in broadband adoption. Pp. 260-277 In: Dwivedi, Y. K., A. Papazafeiropoulou and J. Choudric eds., Handbook of Research on Global Diffusion of Broadband Data Transmission. IGI Global. ISBN: 978-1599048512.

Report Chapters


Vergine, D. and L. Hosman. 2015. Designing technology for inclusive growth. Pp. 93-100 In: Dutta, S., T. Geiger and B. Lanvin eds., The Global Information Technology Report 2015: ICTs for Inclusive Growth. World Economic Forum and INSEAD. Insight Report (link )