Laura Mann is a sociologist whose research focuses on the political economy of markets and new information and communication technologies in Africa. Before joining the LSE as an assistant professor, she worked as a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. She is on the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy and is the book reviews editor for Africa.
Currently, she is working on two major projects: a book project examining the economic ideology of the Islamist movement in Sudan and a new research project examining the political economy of digital data value chains in agriculture (in the Rift Valley, Kenya and the Central Valley, California, USA). She is a research affiliate of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa.