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Dr Silvia Masiero PhD, MSc (London School of Economics), BSc (Bocconi University)

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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 Memberships

  • Member, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D
  • Member, Association for Information Systems (AIS)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Invited Talks and Seminars

  • 2018, Datafying Anti-Poverty Programmes: Implications for Data Justice, invited seminar, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT), Tilburg University, Tilburg, 2 November.
  • 2018, India’s Aadhaar and the Datafication of Anti-Poverty Programmes, invited lecture, ICT and Socioeconomic Development, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, 28 February.
  • 2018, Digital Social Entrepreneurship: Balancing Social and Financial Goals in an Indian ‘Fintech’ Organisation, Business School Seminar Series, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, 14 February.
  • 2017, ICT4D, Digital Identities, and the Datafication of Anti-Poverty Programmes, Social Issues in the Information Society – invited lecture, University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, 5 December.
  • 2017, New Routes to Cashlessness? ICTs, Demonetisation, and the Indian Informal Economy, University of Sussex Asia Centre (USAC) Seminar Series, Brighton, 8 November.
  • 2017, The Datafication of Anti-Poverty Programmes, Centre for Service Management Transformative Service Research Symposium, Loughborough University, Loughborough, 1 June.
  • 2017, Teaching Information Systems: What, How, and Why? Open Research Forum, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, 3 May.
  • 2017, Aadhaar, Demonetisation and the Poor: A view from the Field, invited lecture, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, New Delhi, 18 April.
  • 2017, The Datafication of Anti-Poverty Programmes, invited seminar, The Information School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, 2 March.
  • 2017, Biometric Technologies and Food Security in India, invited lecture, ICT and Socioeconomic Development, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, 28 February.
  • 2017, The Affordances of Big Data for Anti-Poverty Programmes, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway University of London, 3 February.
  • 2017, Aadhaar, Demonetisation and the Poor: A view from the Field, invited lecture, International Institute for Information Technology Bangalore, 25 January.
  • 2016, The Making of Beneficiaries: On the Datafication of Anti-Poverty Programmes, Symposium on Big Data and Human Development, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, 15-16 September.
  • 2016, Explaining Trust in E-Voting: The Case of Indian Elections, invited seminar (with Prof. Chrisanthi Avgerou), International Institute for Information Technology Bangalore, 10 May.
  • 2016, The Politics of Anti-Poverty Artefacts: Lessons from the Computerisation of the Indian Food Security System, International Network for Postgraduate Students in the Area of ICT4D (IPID) invited lecture, Örebro University, Örebro, 28 April.
  • 2016, Digital Technologies and the Politics of Anti-Poverty, Centre for Development Informatics Seminar Series, University of Manchester, 23 March.
  • 2016, ICT and Food Security in India: E-Governance and Social Policy Reform, LSE Policy in Practice Seminars, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, 11 February.
  • 2016, The Politics of Anti-Poverty Artefacts in the Indian Food Security System, invited lecture, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, 3 February.
  • 2015, Will the JAM Trinity Dismantle the Public Distribution System? Centre for Development Studies Trivandrum, Trivandrum, 21 August.
  • 2014, Combating Rice Mafia through E-Governance: The Case of Digital Food Security in Kerala, The Innovation Knowledge Foundation, Milan, 18 June.
  • 2012, Targeting Structural Causes of Failure in E-Government: The Case of the e-PDS in Kerala, Centre for Development Studies Trivandrum, Trivandrum, 21 June.

Conference and Workshop Presentations

  • 2018, India’s Aadhaar and the Datafication of Anti-Poverty Programmes, European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), 24-27 July.
  • 2018, Digital Social Entrepreneurship: Balancing Social and Financial Goals in an Indian ‘Fintech’ Organisation, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Tallinn, 4-7 July.
  • 2018, Subaltern Studies: Advancing Critical Theory in ICT4D, European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Portsmouth, 25-28 June.
  • 2018, Reducing Information Poverty under Crisis: A Study of Ushahidi, IFIP 9.4 European Regional Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Tirana, 22-24 June.
  • 2018, The Datafication of Anti-Poverty Programmes, Data Justice Conference, Cardiff University, 21-22 May.
  • 2017, Balancing Social and Business Goals in an Indian Fintech Organisation, Newton Fund Workshop on Developing an Agenda for Fintech Research in Developing Countries, Kuala Lumpur, 31 October - 2 November.
  • 2017, Digital Technology and Pro-Poor Finance in India. Aston University India Center for Applied Research Inaugural Conference, Birmingham, 15-16 September.
  • 2017, New Routes to Cashlessness? ICTs, Demonetisation, and the Indian Informal Economy, Development Studies Association Conference, Bradford, 6-8 September.
  • 2017, Aadhaar and the Indian Public Distribution System. IDSA-PRIO Workshop “India's Food Security: Local and Global Dimensions”, Oslo, 30 May.
  • 2017, The Making of Beneficiaries: On the Datafication of Anti-Poverty Programmes, Conference “TILTing Perspectives: Regulating a Connected World”, Tilburg University, Tilburg, 17-19 May. 
  • 2017, Reducing Information Poverty under Crisis: A Study of Ushahidi, Workshop “Social Media in Africa: Beyond the Hashtag”, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, 26-27 April.
  • 2016, Technochange and Identity Politics: Aadhaar and the Reform of Social Protection in India, European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS) GlobDev Workshop, Istanbul, 11 June.
  • 2016, The Politics of Anti-Poverty Artefacts: Lessons from the Computerisation of the Indian Food Security System, Nordic ICT4D Fair, Stockholm University, Stockholm, 15-16 February.
  • 2015, Technochange and the Historical Bloc: Aadhaar and the Computerisation of the Indian Public Distribution System, Quadrangular Conference in Technology, Organisations and Society, Lancaster University, Lancaster, 14-15 September 2015.
  • 2015, The Politics of Anti-Poverty Artefacts: Lessons from the Computerisation of the Indian Food Security System, International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 15-18 May.
  • 2014, Imagining the State through Digital Technologies: A case of Computerisation of the Indian Public Distribution System, Quadrangular Conference in Technology, Organisations and Society, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, 25-26 September.
  • 2013, Reconstructing the state through ICTs?: A case of state-level computerization in the Indian Public Distribution System, International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD), Cape Town, 7-10 December.
  • 2013, Imagining the State through Digital Technologies: Computerising the Indian Food Security System. European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS) Doctoral Consortium, Utrecht, 2-5 June.
  • 2012, Getting it Right: The Importance of Targeting Structural Causes of Failure in E-Government, IFIP Human Choice and Computers International Conference, Vrije University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 27 September.

Selected Awards and Funding

  • Best Paper Award for Innovative Research: Aston University India Center for Applied Research (AICAR) Conference, coauthor: MN Ravishankar, 2017
  • Bagri Fellowship - LSE Asia Research Centre, 2013-2014
  • European Conference on Information Systems, Doctoral Consortium selectee, 2013
  • Research Studentship Scheme, LSE Department of Management, 2013-2014
  • LSE PhD Scholarship, 2010-2013