Evangelia Berdou - Research Fellow
Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction
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Dr Evangelia Berdou is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction team, working at the interface of information communication technologies and development.
After obtaining a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science she spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at SPRU - Science Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex, where she developed her expertise in policy, innovation and governance. Her interest in problem-solving research has led her to read widely in sociology, theories of technological innovation, organisational learning and development.
Her work focuses on the advantages and limitations of distributed forms of problem-solving and coordination for individual and collective action benefitting human development and crisis response, methodological innovations involving the use of new sources of information, and the implications of ICTs for the lives and livelihoods of the poor.
Her latest work seeks to develop vocabularies and practices to bridge the divides between the research, development and technology practitioner communities. She has received grants from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID). Her work has been published in the form of books, peer-reviewed conference papers and reports.
Real Time Monitoring for the Most Vulnerable
Developing real time information streams is about new ways of collecting traditional data, and of facilitating the sharing of existing data and knowledge across sectors and institutions. More details
Learning about New Technologies and the Changing Evidence Base for Social Science Research and Decision Making in International Development
New technologies are opening up exciting possibilities for the intermediary sector to produce, share and remix information and change the evidence base for research and collective action. More details
Mediating Voices, Communicating Realities: Using Information Crowdsourcing Tools, Open Data Initiatives and Digital Media to Support and Protect the Vulnerable
This is the final report from a research project, supported by the UK Department for International Development, examining whether and how open ICT projects designed to support the poor can make a difference in their lives and livelihoods. More details
Organization in Open Source Communities: at the Crossroads of the Gift and Market Economies
This book contributes new insights into the organization of free/open source (F/OS) software communities by examining the links between learning, division of labour and commercialization, demonstrating the need for a synthesis of work on both community organization and cooperation to understand F/OS community dynamics. More details
In the Cocoon: Translating Complexity Across Communities and Networks of Practice in a Collaborative Open Source Project
Report produced for the Digital Business Ecosystem Project (contract number 507953): London School of Economics and Political Science, Media and Communications Department. More details
Learning and the imperative of production in free/open source development
This paper examines the role of learning in structuring access and participation in F/OS communities. In particular it highlights the challenges and barriers to access faced by new developers and the expectations of senior developers regarding the mindsets and capabilities of new contributors. More details
Insiders and Outsiders: paid contributors and the dynamics of cooperation in mature, community led F/OS projects
Report on the socio-economics of Free/Open Source: Working together at the intersections between the gift economy and the exchange economy: Sustainability and Scalability in F/OS
Produced for the Digital Business Ecosystem Project (contract number 507953): London School of Economics and Political Science, Media and Communications Department. More details
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