Digital inclusion
& the digital divide


Emerald and SDGs
An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Digital connectivity became, for many of us, an essential part of our working and social lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing work to continue and for a degree of social contact to be maintained. For those with limited or no access to digital technology, or for those with limited digital skills – the pandemic brought increased inequality for both young and old. 

Here we’re showcasing the work of researchers looking at such topics as digital skills, access and disability, older people and technology, and education and virtual learning during the pandemic. Lloyd Levine talks of the pandemic as a ‘focusing event’, shining a light on pre-existing digital inequalities in our society; and Mike Hynes calls for the need for a greater understanding of the societal, cultural, economic and environmental challenges posed by our new digital age.

How can we begin to narrow the digital divide? If you would like to contribute to the discussion or have research relating to digital inclusion and the digital divide, we’d love you to get in touch.

This mission is aligned with our Fairer society goal

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Free access to our articles, & author videos & blogs


Our publications have content on digital inclusion and the digital divide that we’d like to share with you.

Blogs & videos

To find out more about what our authors have to say regarding digital inclusion and the digital divide, watch/read our latest videos and blogs.

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Different routes to publication

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, take a look at our different routes to publication and contact us to get involved.

Special issues

See our recently published special issues on this topic.

Technology Mobility

Guest Editors: Tomayess Issa, Pedro Isaias, Piet Kommers
Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 

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Additional information

Further insights

Here are some great articles, infographics and reports regarding digital inclusion and the digital divide.

Five ways ICT is helping tackle the SDGS

View our infographic which highlights five ways ICT is helping to tackle the SDGs.

Download the infographic

Talk to us about your work

We really welcome insights not only from researchers but practitioners too about their work.

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, or you are working on research in areas related to digital inclusion and the digital divide, please let us know by filling in this form.

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Mission-led research – our goals

Our core area of focus is interdisciplinary research aligned with the UN SDGs, with these key goals in mind, all of which are about creating real world impact, at a time when it's needed most.

Fairer society

We are passionate about working with researchers globally to deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. This perhaps has never been more important in today’s divided world...



Healthier lives

We understand the value of a world that recognises and protects the most vulnerable and acknowledges the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body...



Responsible management

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working...



Quality education for all

We believe in quality education for everyone, everywhere and by highlighting the issue and working with experts in the field, we can find ways we can all be part of the solution...



Sustainable structures and infrastructures

We recognise the transformative power of sustainable engineering, design and building practices in creating a world where our planet and its inhabitants can thrive.