Araba Sey is a Principal Researcher with Research ICT Africa, and a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Washington Information School. She has managed international research projects on the impacts of computer and internet access in a variety of contexts including studies of social and economic impacts of public access computing; technology entrepreneurship and livelihood sustainability; coding bootcamp models; gender digital equality; gender and tech hubs in Africa; and participatory methodologies for gender data collection in Africa and Latin America.
As Principal Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute in Macau, she collaborated with the International Telecommunications Union and UN Women to establish the EQUALS Research Group, a global, multidisciplinary team of researchers, to advance knowledge on gender equality in digital access, skills and leadership. Her research aims to understand the factors that underlie different types of digital inequality and explore ways to foster diversity and inclusion within institutions and society at large. She sits on the editorial board of Mobile Media and Communication journal and is an Associate Editor for the Information Technology & International Development (ITID) journal.