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Tim Unwin, CMG

Professor, Emeritus Professor of Geography

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Tim Unwin is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, and also an Honorary Professor at Lanzhou Univeristy in China.

He was Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) from 2011-2015, and was Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission from 2009-2014, having been a Commissioner since 2004.  He has written or edited 17 books and more than 250 academic papers and chapters, many of which focus on the use of technology in development practices.  His edited book, Information and Communication Technologies for Development,was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and his latest single-authored book entitled Reclaiming Information and Communication Technologies for Development was published by Oxford University Press in 2017

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty


  • ICT4D
  • Historical Geography
  • Rural Development
  • Disabilities

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