The Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine is soliciting proposals for original scholarly research on the use of money as a means of saving, storing, and transferring value for those who live on less than $1USD/day.
For this call, IMTFI is most keenly interested in the following broad topics:
- What is it really like to live in a cash-only world? To live in a world where new technological innovations are changing people’s habits and ideas around money?
- How do technological infrastructures interact with social infrastructures when cashless options are introduced into cash-only worlds?
- How do physical and electronic media of exchange work together in people’s everyday lives?
- What is the role of gender, rank or status, economic class, occupation, age, physical capacity, or geography in people’s payment choices?
- What is happening to “informal” and/or potentially fraudulent practices as mobile and electronic payments interface with cash payments or other accounting practices?
- How do emerging domestic and international value transfer and remittance technologies affect livelihoods, investment, spending, and migration?
- Intervention of policy and design
Eligibility: This call for proposals is open to all researchers who work in the developing world. *Previous recipients are welcome to apply but new applicants will receive priority.
Note: For this call, proposals to design or implement a service or product are ineligible. We will consider research proposals only.
Deadline for submission: December 16, 2013. Decisions will be announced by end of March 2014.
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