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Isaac Holeman

Isaac Holeman

PhD Candidate

Research topic

Coordination, Sensemaking & Human-Centred Design: Case Studies in Digital Innovation & Global Health Care Delivery

Biography

Visit Isaac's website for more information about his work and publications.

Research interests

Isaac conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of digital innovation and global health equity. His dissertation portfolio concerns how people in challenging work settings go about designing for emergent coordination, sensemaking in the face of perpetual ambiguity, and practicing human-centred design. Two current projects build on his own extensive fieldwork during the design and implementation of an 'Internet of Things' project aiming to strengthen the immunisation program in Kenya. A third project draws on fieldwork conducted by his supervisor Mark de Rond during a Guinness Book of Records-setting voyage along the Amazon river.

As an ethnographer and a co-founder of the non-profit tech company Medic Mobile, Isaac's approach builds on the work of physician-ethnographers such as Paul Farmer and technology designer-ethnographers such as Lucy Suchman and Liam Bannon. While they work in different fields, their efforts are alike in casting an empirical lantern on the frustration, marginalisation or affliction that people suffer for lack of satisfactory healthcare or technology initiatives; articulating conceptual understandings of these experiences that are unflinching and exhibit moral imagination; artfully practicing a craft through which they address inequity in the here and now; and, integrating their perspectives as practitioners and scholars in a manner that synergistically strengthens both endeavours. He is particularly intersted in theories of practice in the study of coordination, sensemaking, digital innovation and global health equity. 

Digital technology and health governance

Digital technology has the power to transform healthcare in developing countries, but only if it’s used properly. Digital technology has the power …

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Don’t start with technology, start with the people

There are considerable healthcare challenges entrenched in the developing world. Isaac Holeman, a current PhD candidate and Gates Scholar at Cambridge Judge …

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Isaac Holeman attracts second Forbes listing

A social innovation that uses technology to improve healthcare has netted a Cambridge Judge Business School student a second listing in the …

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Cambridge Network: Don’t start with the technology, start with the people

“There are considerable healthcare challenges entrenched in the developing world,” says Isaac Holeman, a current PhD candidate and Gates Scholar at Cambridge …

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Blog: Medicmobile: Cofounder of medic dares you to design more at TEDx

Isaac Holeman, co-founder of Medic Mobile speaks about the power of collaborative design at TEDx event. Watch the video [medicmobile.org]

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Cambridge Network: Isaac Holeman attracts second Forbes listing

A social innovation that uses technology to improve healthcare has netted a Cambridge Judge Business School student a second listing in the …

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Forbes: 30 under 30: Social entrepreneurs

Forbes honours Cambridge Judge Business School PhD student and social entrepreneur, Isaac Holeman, who has been named to their 30 under 30: …

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Contact details

Isaac Holeman
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Email: imh30@cam.ac.uk
WWW: Visit Isaac's website

Download Isaac's publications at Academia.edu

Year of entry

2013