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Grace Lyn Higdon

Research Assistant

Grace is exploring how participatory methods can inform a complex systems approach to improve global development and humanitarian practice. Her current research examines how organisational learning systems can offer more opportunities for decisions to be influenced by the people whose lives are most directly affected during multiple stages and at different levels of an intervention.

Grace is particularly interested in how a combination of digital and analog methods can complement existing efforts to build equitable relationships which are less extractive, more collaborative and redistribute power – in its myriad of forms – back to local actors. She is an advocate for a more thoughtful, safe and ethical use of digital tools in development (ICT4D). 

Grace is a proud former student of the MA Participation, Power and Social Change program at IDS.

Connections and expertise

Research themes of interest
Governance, Power and Participation

Grace Lyn Higdon’s recent work

Opinion

Where are the data ethicists?

With increasing time pressures and a need to validate assumptions, there is growing concern that sound data ethics are seen as a luxury but as a recent discussion at IDS concluded, good data ethics are essential if research is to have meaningful impact.

24 November 2017