Rosie McGee - Research Fellow
Power and Popular Politics
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I am an interdisciplinary social scientist trained in development studies. My work focuses on accountability, transparency and openness in governance; the use of technologies in governance; power relations and citizen engagement, including in contexts of fragility and violence; and the role of critical reflective learning in social and organisational change.
Coming from a background in NGO advocacy, in my IDS role I have undertaken advisory and consultancy work for official bilateral, philanthropic and non-government aid organisations, applied qualitative and participatory research and research management.
I convene IDS's MA in Power, Participation and Social Change, where I teach on the above subjects and on action research methodology, and mentor students undertaking action research and action learning projects. I'm interested in supervising PhDs in these subject areas.
Currently I coordinate an action research initiative for the International Budget Partnership's SPARK programme. I serve as IDS's Convenor of Professional Development and Learning, supporting colleagues across the Institute who facilitate learning among professionals and practitioners of development aid and social change in a range of organisational settings and thematic areas.
In recent years my work has included coordinating the Research, Evidence and Learning component of Making All Voices Count; conducting action research on Power, Violence, Citizenship and Agency with human rights defenders and social activists in Colombia; and monitoring, evaluating and supporting learning in the Diálogo (Democratic Governance Support) programme in Mozambique.
An advisor to the Accountability Research Centre at American University, Washington DC, I have also served on the International Experts Panel of the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Open Government Partnership.
I'm co-editing a book on 'Power, Empowerment and Social Change' with Jethro Pettit, to be published in 2019.
Appropriating technology for accountability: messages from Making All Voices Count
Making All Voices Count was a programme designed to solve the ‘grand challenge’ of creating more effective democratic governance and accountability around the world. It used funding from four donors to support the development and spread of innovative ideas for solving governance problems – many of them involving tools and platforms based on mobile phone and web technologies. Between 2013 and 2017, More details
Supporting innovation and the use of technologies in accountability initiatives: lessons from Making All Voices Count
Making All Voices Count was an international initative that harnessed the power of innovation and new technologies to support effective, accountable governance. More details
More Accountable and Responsive Governance: How Do Technologies Help Make It Happen?
The change Making All Voices Count wants to see is more responsive, accountable governance. The programme has contributed to this change by supporting tech-enabled initiatives which amplify citizen voice and nurture government responsiveness, and by building understanding of when and how the technologies help create and support change. More details
Power, Violence, Citizenship and Agency: A Colombian Case StudyIDS Working Paper 474 (2016)
In a situation of longstanding and complex violent conflict in Buenaventura, Colombia, we used action research to explore with social activists what power, violence, citizenship and agency mean to them and how they experience and exercise citizen agency in relation to the violence. More details
Transforming Governance: What Role for Technologies?
The technological innovations of the last two decades – cell phones, tablets, open data and social media – mean that governments and citizens can interact like never before. Around the world, in different contexts, citizens have fast-increasing access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) that enable them to monitor government performance and express their views on it in real time. More details
Research, evidence and ethics in ‘civic tech’ – a call to action04 May 2016
By Rosie McGee
Accountability inside out and outside in07 May 2015
By Rosie McGee
So there's a ‘short-code route of accountability’? Really?09 Jun 2014
By Rosie McGee
Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Mozambique; Nigeria; Spain; Uganda.