Name: Larry Onyango
Location: 69 Kingsway Ave, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2092 Johannesburg Business School
College of Business and Economics, SARChI TRCTI Researchers, TRCTI Members Staff Members
Tel: 011 559 1871
About Dr Larry Onyango
My name is Dr Calory Larr Onyango. I am currently a post-doctoral fellow in the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4IR and Sustainable Development in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Johannesburg. My current research interests are digitalisation and the informal economy. I am completing a paper on digitalisation and informality among small scale business enterprises in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am also writing a paper on mobile phones as tools for enabling participation in the informal sector. In addition, I have completed a paper on mobile phones as a tool for civic participation in South Africa’s informal settlements.
I have extensive knowledge of South Africa’s informal settlements, gained through carrying out research and having lived in one. I understand the daily dynamics and settings of South African squatter camps. My PhD was on mobile phone adoption and usage, in which I analysed the social, cultural and economic factors affecting mobile phone adoption and use in Gauteng’s informal settlements, using Thembalihle as a case study. My Masters dissertation also focused on informal settlements, in which I examined urban and peri-urban agriculture as a poverty alleviation strategy among low-income households, using Orange Farm in South Johannesburg as a case study. I am confident that I will be a great asset to the intended project given my extensive knowledge and background in carrying out research involving households in a diverse range of South African informal settlements. I am good at carrying out both qualitative and quantitative analysis. I am a stickler to detail and able to work as part of a team and also alone. I have a passion for the upliftment of living conditions for marginalised populations on the African continent.