Ryo Seo-Zindy, a doctoral researcher for the Centre for Development Informatics at The University of Manchester, has recently published a review of literature on 3D printing, FabLabs, makerspaces and hackerspaces in the global South.
This outlines three key thematic areas in research to date – production, innovation, openness – and identifies a future agenda for the growing domain of digital fabrication and innovation (DIFN). DIFN is defined as a 'network of people, technologies, enterprises, and other organisations, which use digital fabrication tools and other digital technologies to produce and innovate products in an open, community- and workspace-based environment.'
An overview of the summary can be found here.
The published paper, in EJISDC, is available here.