Research & Publications

Ronda is in the second year of PhD research at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), in the Department of Geography, and a member of the ICT4D Centre/Collective. She is jointly supervised by Dr. Dorothea Kleine (RHUL) and Dr. Niall Winters (Institute of Education, University of London) [IoE, London]. Her PhD studies are funded by a Crossland Scholarship award from RHUL. Ronda’s PhD fieldwork has been supported by a Helen Shackleton Award as well as a U.S. Fulbright Student Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon American scholars.Zelezny-Green’s study will explore what happens when girls at a secondary school in Kenya are introduced to educational media on their mobile phones. This research will be informed by the capability approach (Sen, 1999) to education and analyzed using the Choice Framework (Kleine, 2013). The research will be firmly based in the field of which Ronda is a pioneer, gender, learning and mobiles (G.L.a.M.). This work is an extension of a study Ronda undertook in May and June 2012 in a secondary school in Nairobi, which resulted in a dissertation titled Gendered Mobility and Social Shaping of Mobile Phones: Perspectives from Secondary School Girls in Nairobi. Ronda’s MSc dissertation was supervised by Dr. Dorothea Kleine, with Professor Tim Unwin serving as advisor.

Professional Publications

  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2012). Regulators Hold the Key to Mobile Broadband Development in Africa. London, UK: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2012). Mobile Money in Africa: Innovating through Vertical Synergy. London, UK: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2012). Drivers of mHealth Models in Africa & the Middle East. London, UK: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2012). ICT Plans in Africa: Private Sector Involvement is Vital. London, UK: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2012). Mobile Advertising in AME to Become a Key Value-Added Service for Operators. London, UK: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2011). mWomen: A Win-Win Opportunity for MNOs. London, UK: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2011). LTE in the Middle East: Timing and Pricing Are Key, but So Is Device Strategy. London, UK: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2011). Despite a Challenging Climate, Fixed Operators Can Profit from Business Broadband and FTTx. London, UK: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2011). Three Steps to Accelerate Mobile Innovation in Africa and the Middle East. Cambridge, MA: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2011). Mobile Social Networks Get Profit Potential from Youth Movement. Cambridge, MA: Pyramid Research.
  • Arsal, K., Zelezny-Green, R., & Barhoush, H. (2011). Squashing Gray Markets for Mobile Handsets. Cambridge, MA: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. & Jorge, S.N. (2011). Mobile Money in Africa: A Big Revenue Opportunity for Network Operators. Cambridge, MA: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2011). mEducation Creates Virtuous Circle to Benefit MNOs, Handset Makers and Students Alike. Cambridge, MA: Pyramid Research.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. & Jorge, S.N. (2010). Mobile Agriculture: A Development Imperative for MNOs and Farmers Alike. Cambridge, MA: Pyramid Research.

Academic Publications

  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2013). Intergenerational Indigenous Knowledge Exchange: Informal Mobile Learning to Bridge the Past to the Future. In W. Kinuthia, & S. Marshall (Eds.), On the Move: Mobile Learning for Development. Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Koutropoulos, A., Hattem, D., & Zelezny-Green, R. (2013). Mobile Digital Storytelling in the Second Language Classroom. In S. P. Ferris, & H. Wilder (Eds.), The Plugged-In Professor: Tips and Techniques for Teaching with Social Media. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.This chapter helps teachers facilitate the acquisition of etic perspectives of the target culture, as well as new vocabulary and new grammatical structures through the use of mobile digital storytelling in a second language classroom.
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2011). The Potential Impact of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning on Women and Girls in Africa: A Literature Review. Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 3(2), pp. 69-82.Goal 5 of the United Nations’ Education for All policy aims to provide equal opportunities for education, regardless of gender, by the year 2015 (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1995-2010). By using mobile phone technology, women in Africa could be provided with equal access to language education, at the least. The proliferation of mobile phone usage and ownership…
  • Zelezny-Green, R. (2010). The potential impact of mobile-assisted language learning on women and girls in Africa: A brief literature review. The 3rd Edition of the ICT for Language Learning Conference, 2010 conference proceedings: Florence, Italy.

Conference Presentations

  • ICTD 2013 Pre-Conference Symposium
    Cape Town, South Africa; 2 December to 6 December
    Presentation Title: From Jubilation to Condemnation: How School Community Citizens and Netizens Shape the OLPC Initiative in Kenya through their Representation in the Media
  • UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013
    Paris, France; 18 February to 22 February
    Presentation Title: Girl-Powered Mobile Learning Innovation: The Barriers, the Potential
    I was the first ever presenter on gender and mobile learning at a global UNESCO forum.
  • UNESCO Africa Regional Consultation Workshop for “Developing Literacy through Mobile Phones – Empowering Women and Girls”
    Paris, France; 6 December to 7 December 2012
    Presentation Title: Gender, Learning and Mobiles: GSMA Experiences
  • eLearning Africa 2012
    Cotonou, Benin; 24 May to 25 May
    Presentation Title: Designing Effective, Culturally-Sensitive eLearning Activities for Sustainable Professional Development: The Case of Terrawatu
  • The Association of College and University Housing Officers – International Conference 2011
    New Orleans, Louisiana; 8 July to 12 July 2011
    Presentation Title for Inclusion and Equity Special Interest Section: A Place to Belong: Supporting Low SES Students in Residential Communities
  • Ubiquitous Learning Conference 2010
    Vancouver, Canada; 10 December to 11 December 2010
    Presentation Title for Paper Session: The potential impact of mobile-assisted language learning on women and girls in Africa: A literature review
  • 2010 Global Education Conference
    Conducted online using Elluminate conferencing system; 18 November 2010
    Presentation Title for Curricular Session: Global Virtual Classroom program
  • 3rd Edition of the ICT for Language Learning Conference 2010
    Florence, Italy; 11 November to 12 November 2010
    Presentation Title for Paper Session: The potential impact of mobile-assisted language learning on women and girls in Africa: A brief literature review
  • 2010 Race, Ethnicity, and Community Engagement in Higher Education Conference
    Lubbock, Texas; 17 October to 19 October 2010
    Presentation Title for Poster Session: Bridging the Community and the Classroom: A model for a community-based co-curricular program