Braam van der Vyver has since 2005 used telecentres as field work hubs for research on e-democracy and e-governance. Since 2008 he has been researching the telecentre environment in South Africa. His interest resulted in a successful application for a Monash University-Sichuan University collaborative research grant during 2009. The execution of the grant-funded research project, a comparative study between telecentres in South Africa and China. During the execution of the grant he has used his private funds to study telecentres in Thailand in collaboration with an influential Thai academic, Prof Kamolrat Intaratat. He has also conducted research in the fields of social informatics and online communities.
The researcher has been part of an international research team that completed a comparative research project on telecentres in South Africa and China. The grant was jointly funded by Monash University and Sichuan University in Chengdu.
He has also done some comparative research between telecentres in Thailand and South Africa, utilising his personal research fund.
Most recent publications
The bridging of the technological divide by the informal sector: a South African case study. Vol. 2010 (2010), Article id 981012, Journal of African Research in Business & Technology.
Most recent writings
‘A comparative analysis of governance models for public internet access facilities between South Africa, Australia and China’. Authors: van der Vyver, Abraham Gert; Johansen, Graeme.
‘A comparison of telecentre models in Thailand and South Africa’. Authors: van der Vyver, Abraham Gert; Intaratat, Kamolrat; Alasow, Mohamed.