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Studying and designing technologies for rural and/or marginalised groups and nonprofits.


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Delvin Varghese is a Research Fellow within the Department of Human-Centred Computing at Monash University. His research focusses on the design of technologies for nonprofits and community groups in rural and International Development contexts.

Some examples of his previous research include:

Participatory Video: collaborating with IFRC's Monitoring and Evaluation team, Tom Bartindale and Delvin looked at how collaborative video practices could be used to support the inclusion of low literacy communities in Red Cross/Red Crescent projects.

As part of this, Delvin conducted Participatory Video deployments with communities in Indonesia, Namibia, Egypt, Honduras, and Colombia.

Additional projects using this approach were conducted in Bangladesh, Gambia and Kenya.

Peer-Volunteer Training: working with a small NGO in South India, Delvin explored the role of audio technologies such as mobile-phone enabled community radio to support peer-training of volunteers spread across large rural areas in Tamil Nadu.

Community Radio to support Health workers' training: collaborating with IIIT Delhi and rural health nonprofits, community radio was used to explore the training of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in their work providing nutrition and healthcare information in rural contexts.

Research interests

Broadly speaking, I am interested in researching the design of technologies that address one or more of the following:

  • community organisations and nonprofits serving marginalised populations in Australia and in International Develoment contexts
  • Design Thinking and Participatory Approaches to addressing challenges in community engagement
  • Informal learning and Organisational Training within nonprofits with limited resources

Monash teaching commitment

FIT5125 - Research Methods in Information Technology


Delvin carries out consulting and pro-bono work for nonprofits in Australia and overseas. If you are part of an NGO that is interested in engaging local communities (especially marginalised communities) through digital technologies, then get in touch at

Research area keywords

  • International Development
  • participatory media
  • Media Studies
  • Third Sector


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