Alistair Scott - Knowledge Officer

Knowledge and Communications for Development; Digital and Technology
T: +44 (0)1273 915790


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I work in many aspects of Knowledge Mobilisation, including the use of social media to track research uptake, managing knowledge programmes, supporting innovation, producing how-to guides and developing elearning programmes.

I recently developed TwitterWeave, a free web app designed to help researchers track how Twitter users engage with their research. My background is in NGO campaigning, multimedia software design and e-learning software.

Before joining IDS I worked as an ergonomist, a research fellow in the Open University Institute of Educational Technology, a Campaigns Officer for Oxfam, and Technology Officer and Trainer for OneWorld.Net.

I have a PhD in Human-Computer Interface Design.

Follow me on Twitter @Al_Scott_Twitt

The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) identifies and supports innovations that have the potential to create social impact in education, health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) across Tanzania.

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Testing TwitterWeave: An Application of the New IDS Web Tool for Tracking Research

IDS Evidence Report 191 (2016)

Understanding how people engage with research is a key issue for researchers, donors and anyone concerned with research impact, but observing this type of engagement is not easy. However, thanks to today’s widespread use of social media, it is now possible in principle to capture some of this engagement. More details


A Real-time Web Application for Tracking Twitter Exchanges about Research

IDS Evidence Report 177 (2016)

Understanding how people engage with research is an increasingly important issue, and not just for researchers. Funders, the media, politicians and ultimately the wider public are increasingly concerned about value for money and maximising the impact of research investment. More details


Tracking Research and Policy Conversations in Online Spaces

IDS Evidence Report 122 (2015)

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is engaged in a major four-year programme entitled Strengthening Evidence-based Policy, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Central to this programme is the production and communication of policy-relevant research findings. More details

Open Access and Development - journals and beyond publication cover

Open Access and Development: journals and beyond

This report explores what Open Access means, its evolution as a philosophical and practical tool for scholarly communication, and examines the current and potential uses of open access in the context of the developing world. More details

Who’s talking about your research?

23 Jul 2015
By Alistair Scott

Who’s talking about your research?

05 May 2015
By Alistair Scott

Thematic Expertise:
Digital technologies and ICTs.