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Dr Silvia Masiero PhD

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Lecturer in International Development

Dr Silvia Masiero is a Lecturer in International Development at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University. Her research focuses on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the field of socio-economic development. In particular, she studies the multiple forms of embeddedness of the IT artefact in development policy and governance, with a specific interest in its participation in the politics of anti-poverty programmes. Her current work revolves around the role of digital technologies in reshaping the politics of the Public Distribution System (PDS), the biggest food security scheme in India.

Silvia holds a PhD Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a MSc Development Management from the same institution. She is also a member of the LSE Conflict Research Group, where she pursues a parallel research stream on the use of ICTs in the management of complex humanitarian emergencies.

Silvia welcomes PhD applications related to all areas of research interest listed above.

Silvia’s research has been published in scholarly journals such as World Development, Oxford Development Studies, Information Technology for Development, Information Technologies and International Development, and the Economic and Political Weekly.

She is currently involved in research projects belonging to three key areas:

1) the use of biometric technologies in anti-poverty policy,

2) the adoption of digital platforms for financial inclusion,

3) the use of ICT in response to the global refugee crisis.

Professional affiliations and memberships

- Member of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D
- Member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


Speaker invitations

- Invited speaker, IDSA-PRIO Workshop on “India's food security: Local and global dimensions”, Oslo, May 2017.

- Invited panellist, “Teaching Information Systems: What, How, and Why?” Open Research Forum, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), May 2017.

- Invited panel chair, “Digital Enablement”, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, March 2017.

- Invited speaker on “Big data and Anti-Poverty Programmes”, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway University of London, February 2017.

- Invited speaker, “Biometrics and Food Security in India”, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, February 2017.

- Invited speaker, Symposium on Big Data and Human Development, Oxford, September 2016.

- Invited speaker on “The Politics of Anti-Poverty Artefacts”, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), February 2016.

Masiero, S., and Maiorano, D. (2017). MGNREGA, power politics, and computerization in Andhra Pradesh. Forum for Development Studies, 1-24.

Masiero, S. (2016). Digital governance and the reconstruction of the Indian anti-poverty system. Oxford Development Studies, 1-16.

Masiero, S. (2016) The origins of failure: Seeking the causes of design-reality gaps. Information Technology for Development, 22(3): 487-502.

Masiero, S. (2015) Redesigning the Indian food security system through e-governance: The case of Kerala. World Development, 67(3): 126-137.

Masiero, S., and Prakash, A. (2015) Does computerisation reduce PDS leakage? Lessons from Karnataka. Economic & Political Weekly, 50(50): 77-81.