My research investigates the institutional sources of increasing protest demands, and the context under which some demands are more likely to materialize in protest than others. Specifically, I examine how citizens engage and make demands on their governments in the context of weak institutional accountability. Beyond the study of protest, I am also interested in and have an active research agenda on, attitudes towards democracy, political participation in autocracies, elections in Latin America, indigenous attitudes in Bolivia, and the informal sector across Latin American countries.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.
A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. . The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2015.
Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population.
The following scholars are interested in this topic:
My primary research interest is in the area of education. ICT plays an increasing and important role in the societies . It is also well know that informal economies are in one part caracterised by the informations gab, asymetry,… and ICT may play a great role in filling this gab in the area of Education or Risk Communication. Investigating the use of ICT in the decision making process of tertiary students about their future is my goal.
Populations are nowadays exposed to various sources of Informations through ICT. My second interest is to understand the role play by ICT in people behavior/action in time of crisis.
Currently working on issues regarding the future of work, and how technology will impact employment, looking towards policies that can help the workers to prepare for it. I have also interests in understanding the state of food security in Malaysia and the region – the various factors that will impact it.
I am a PhD candidate with research project on migration and care work. I have more than fifteen years professional experience with NGOs, United Nations Organisation, international development agencies, academia and government on the issues of child rights, human rights, transitional justice, governance, and migration. I have expertise in grant application/bidding; project development, coordination and management; ethnographic fieldwork and qualitative research. I have worked in research projects with universities and professional organisations. I have research/teaching experience at the Higher Education Institutions.
My main scientific interest revolves around questions that integrate behavioral science insights for the prevention and reduction of risks, and the achievement of sustainable adaptive behaviors.
Witness Tapani Alfonso
Areas of Expertise: Education; Social Protection; Development, Disaster; Gender Equality; Monitoring & Evaluation; Governance; Public health and Political economy
Witness Alfonso is a senior research associate at the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR). With over six years of experience conducting research and managing projects in Malawi, Alfonso is an expert in both qualitative and quantitative research designs, team training, fieldwork management, and data analysis. He has led large-scale data collections using both paper and electronic data collection systems, conducting research in the areas of education, food security, disaster, gender, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), governance, monitoring and evaluation, and political economy.
Alfonso has worked on research projects with both local and international researchers and organisation that include Centre for Evaluation and Development (Germany), University of Notre Dame, Programme on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Overseas Development Institute, M&C Saatchi World Services, Girl Effect Malawi, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Afrobarometer, UNICEF Malawi and the World Bank. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Development studies obtained from the University of Malawi.
I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Public Policy Program at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. My core interest is in climate change and digital literacy that empowers nonprofit organizations to use digital environments, social networking sites (SNSs) in particular, to support climate change action. My research agenda explores the relationship between the policy process, communication theory, movement building, and theory of change with a particular focus on the environment, nonprofit advocacy, energy, and technology. I hold a Master’s of Public Policy (2017) from American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in International Relations (2012) from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. While at American, I was awarded the William K. Reilly Fellowship for my contributions to environmental governance and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Public Administration Honor Society, for my scholastic achievements. At Mount Holyoke, I was awarded the Elaine Conde Scholarship (2010), served as the co-chair of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC), and was a member of the student advisory board for the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.
PhD Candidate Egypt Academic Discipline: Computer/Data Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy Interests Keywords: Big Data, Computational Models., Decision-Making, development, Disasters, Game Theory, political economy About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, [...]
Dr. China Academic Discipline: Computer/Data Sciences, Economics, Education, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Sociology Interests Keywords: conflict, global governance, international political economy, International Relations, regional development and policy About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Climate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Industry, Innovation and [...]
Cristina Rodrigues combines her extensive regional experience – particularly in the Portuguese speaking countries – with a doctorate degree in African Studies in Social Sciences from the University Institute of Lisbon in Portugal. She brings more than a decade of research and evaluation experience on United Nations, European Union, USAID, and government-funded projects in Africa. Her experience includes conducting baseline assessments, surveys, mid-term and final program evaluations, project evaluations for child labour, human trafficking, gender policy, civil society, social protection, education and environmental protection activities in Africa. She is currently a Senior Researcher with the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden. She speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.