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Archived content July 2014. The research team involved in the original applied research pilot (2012-2013) were:




Dr Sharath Srinivasan

Sharath directs Cambridge University's Centre of Governance and Human Rights, partnered with FrontlineSMS to create and research FrontlineSMS:Radio. He researches and teaches on African political development, peacemaking, and new communication technologies and citizen-state governance relations. He is a Fellow of King's College Cambridge, and David and Elaine Potter Lecturer in Cambridge's Department of Politics and International Studies. He has a longstanding interest in Sudan, where he previously worked. 

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Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes
CGHR's post-doctoral Research Associate on the project “New Communication Technologies and Citizen-led Governance in Africa”. Claudia leads research on Africa’s Voices, collaborating with FrontlineSMS, YouGov, IBM Research Africa, radios stations in Africa and development partners. This pilot project tests new methodologies for public opinion and audience research through the combined use of mobile phones and interactive radio. Building from this pilot research, Claudia is helping to shape CGHR's longer-term research agenda in this increasingly important subject area. Claudia holds a PhD in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics (LSE). Her research interests focus on socio-cognitive mechanisms in the field of social representations and on methodologies that bridge people’s outlooks and actions to their social and political context. Before joining CGHR, Claudia was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Social Psychology at the LSE and a Research Consultant at the BBC Media Action.
Dr Florence Brisset-Foucault
During 2011-12, CGHR's post-doctoral Research Associate on the New Communication Technologies and Citizen-led Governance in Africa research project. Now, as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, Florence continues to lead the development of outputs from CGHR's case-study research into the impact of new media and communication technologies on forms of governance and political participation in Africa. Florence holds a PhD in political science from the University of La Sorbonne, her dissertation explored repertoires of criticism and imaginaries of citizenship in contemporary Uganda through the analysis of open radio debates (ebimeeza). Her interests lie in political imaginaries and processes of State formation in Africa, and she works on a variety of topics with a focus on East Africa. She is a member of the Association des chercheurs de Politique africaine (ACPA) as well as the Groupe d’initiatives et de recherches sur l’Afrique (GIRAF). 


Moses Maina

Moses holds a post graduate diploma in Project Management and a bachelor’s degree in Community Development from Kenyatta University. He joined CGHR in August 2011 as a research assistant on a project examining the impact of new media and communication technologies on forms of governance and political participation in Africa. On the Africa’s Voices project, he is coordinating radio stations in Kenya and Malawi. Prior to joining CGHR, Moses worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) where he supported research on sustainable disposal of animal wastes among the urban & rural poor. His passion for governance and democracy issues developed at the height of post election violence (PEV) in Kenya 2008 when he saw the poor, the marginalized and the voiceless suffer ruthlessly without having anywhere to share their plight.



Emil Graesholm

Website Coordinator and Research Assistant with the project on New Communications Technologies and Citizen-Led Governance in Africa. Emil graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Politics and worked with CGHR through his final year dissertation entitled "New Media and their Impact on Governance and Participatory Politics in Kenya," looking at the effect of ICT use in informal networks of the Kibera slum and ICT as a tool for formal integration into political processes pursued by state and NGO agents. The dissertation was published in May 2012 by the Journal of Politics and Society. Emil contributes to the Centre's development, to the Africa’s Voices project and is responsible for updating the website. He completed a M.Sc. in International Relations at London School of Economics before taking up a position with the Danish Ministry of Defence.

Africa's Voices Volunteers

Sam Sherman (BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology, University of Cambridge)

Daniel Andrew Macmillen (BA in Politics, Psychology, Sociology, University of Cambridge)

Elena Georgalla (MPhil Development Studies, University of Cambridge)

Eva Namusoke (PhD student in History, University of Cambridge)

Celeste Macauley (MPhil Development Studies, University of Cambridge)

Rainbow Wilcox (MPhil Development Studies, University of Cambridge)

Aniek Woodward (PhD student at King's College London, King's International Development Institute & King's Centre for Global Health)



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