Nicolas is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. Under the supervision of Dr. Mark Graham, his research examines the dynamics of complex local technology innovation systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular the role of technology innovation hubs. He was awarded the Clarendon Scholarship as an incoming student and secured a grant from the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.
Until 2014, Nicolas was consultant for the Mobile Innovation for Development and ICT Policy & Regulation programs at infoDev (World Bank). He helped to coordinate and analyze infoDev's global mobile incubation and entrepreneurship network of innovation hubs (“mLabs” and “mHubs”). He supported activities for innovation and talent sourcing, such as an online competition for mobile application developers. Nicolas is also contributed to projects on ICTs for post-conflict reconstruction, as well as the ICT Regulation and Broadband Strategies Toolkits.
Previously, Nicolas had published in broadband economics and policy, social online behavior, and knowledge management. Nicolas was a Fulbright scholar at Michigan State University, where he received a Master’s degree in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. He also holds a Diplom (equivalent to Master's) in Media Studies and Media Management from the University of Cologne.
Nicolas is member of the Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group at the OII.
technology innovation systems, innovation ecosystems, technology innovation hubs, innovation networks, innovation networking, innovation brokerage, geography of innovation, connectivity and inequality, complexity, qualitative network analysis, dynamic network analysis, innovation policy, ICT4D
Positions held at the OII
- DPhil Student, October 2013 -
October 2013 -
This research project is examining the geographies, drivers, and effects of Sub-Saharan Africa's emerging information economies at a time of changing connectivity and Internet access acros the region.
- Graham, M., Mann, L., Friederici, N. and Waema, T. (2016) Growing the Kenyan Business Process Outsourcing Sector. The African Technopolitan 5: 93-95.
- Hsieh, G., & Friederici, N. (2013). Chapter 5: Online Information: Access, Search, and Ex-change. In Price, S., Jewitt, C., & Brown, B. (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of Digital Technology Research. SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA.
- Friederici, N., Hullin, C., & Yamamichi, M, (2012). Chapter 3: mHealth. In Kelly, T. (ed.), Information and Communications for Development 2012 – Maximizing Mobile. The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA.
- Friederici, N. (2014) More Art than Science? Exploring the Roles of Technology Innovation Hubs for Urban Regions in Developing Countries. In EU-SPRI Forum Early Career Researcher Conference. Valencia, Spain.
- Friederici, N., Hsieh, G., & Lapinski, M. (2012). Implications of Fear, Anxiety, and Shame for Social Health Websites. ICA Annual Conference 2012, Phoenix, AZ, USA.
- DeMaagd, K., Goodman, E., Bauer, J., Koning, K, Chattopadhyay, T., & Friederici, N. (2011). A Complex Systems Model of Industry Concentration and Broadband Infrastructure Investment. TPRC 2011, Arlington, VA, USA.
- Loebbecke, C., Crowston, K., & Friederici, N. (2011). Integrated Customer-Focused Knowledge Portals: Design Challenges and Empirical Approaches. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, USA.
- Mann, L., Graham. M., and Friederici, N. (2015) The Internet and Business Process Outsourcing in East Africa. Value Chains and Networks of Connectivity-Based Enterprises in Rwanda. Project Report, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
- Friederici, N. (2014). The Business Models of mLabs and mHubs: An Evaluation of infoDev’s Mobile Innovation Support Pilots. Washington, DC: infoDev, World Bank.
- Friederici, N. (2013). Guiding Ideas “From Mind to Market”? Learning from infoDev's Mobile Microwork Innovation Competition. infoDev / The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA.
- Friederici, N. (2013). Towards Transformation? ICT in Post-Conflict Rwanda. infoDev / The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA.
Friederici, N. (forthcoming) Dynamic Effects of Technology Innovation Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Mixed Methods Approach. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor
15 December 2015 VC4A Venture Capital for Africa
Nicolas Friederici argues that a new definition of the term 'ecosystems' is necessary to capture the complexity of entrepreneurial context in Africa.
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 28 Dec 2015 19:52PM
With tech entrepreneurship on the rise across Africa, efforts to support the agenda are evolving and diversifying. There has been quite a bit of debate—sometimes of the heated kind—about whether incubators, hubs, labs, and other support organizations [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 29 Sep 2015 20:12PM
Two of us just put out a last-minute CfP for next year’s AAG. This ties into our GeoNet work (especially under the Innovation Hubs pillar) and in my dissertation work. Please share widely and submit by Oct 19 if you have suitable… Continue Reading [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 5 Jun 2015 15:48PM
Use of the term “hub” has certainly been inflationary in discussions about innovation and entrepreneurship support. I believe that innovation hubs are a genuinely new (and exciting!) organizational form, but at the same time, “hub” has become a misnomer [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 17 Feb 2015 09:16AM
We are happy to announce that we are going to represent our agenda on connectivity, virtual/digital global production networks, and digital production/innovation at this year’s Global Conference on Economic Geography (GCEG) in Oxford. The planned sessions [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 26 Jan 2015 09:51AM
This is a short notice announcement that we got Alloysius Attah, an energetic social tech entrepreneur from Kumasi, Ghana, to speak and discuss with the audience, at 4:30-6pm, this Thursday, 29 Jan 2015, in the Seminar Room of the Oxford… Continue [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 5 Jan 2015 02:41AM
During the interviews I conducted in Zimbabwe last October, many participants asked me: “Why pick Harare as a case study? Why not Nairobi or Lagos?” Indeed, Harare’s “ecosystem” is nascent, and the few tech startups that exist are hampered by… [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 29 Dec 2014 03:01AM
Click here to view this post as it originally appeared on VC4Africa. We all know that early monetization and revenue generation are crucial for digital startups in Africa. Entrepreneurs in pretty much any African city find it impossible to… [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 14 Dec 2014 04:58AM
Tech entrepreneurship is definitely on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, actually, this rise is not evenly distributed across Africa’s vast geography. Leaving aside South Africa, we can observe that the emergence of content and application startup [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 25 Nov 2014 01:04AM
“Ecosystem” has become one of the most common terms in tech innovation. It rolls easily off the tongue, probably because it has a communal connotation, and evokes ideas such as “collaboration” and “multi-stakeholder.” Where “innovation system” sounds like [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 2 Nov 2014 10:12AM
If you go to Rwanda and you’re interested in ICT and tech, chances are, you will soon pass through kLab, Kigali’s tech innovation hub. And so it was for me two months ago, when I started data collection for my… Continue Reading →
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 23 Oct 2014 18:50PM
This is the final of a three-part series that summarizes recent outreach meetings in Rwanda for our ESRC/DFID-funded project on changing Internet connectivity in East Africa (part 1; part 2). In this article, Nicolas Friederici discusses the outcomes of [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 16 Sep 2014 16:48PM
Also refer to related posts in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and innovationmanagement.se where colleagues and I expanded on some elements outlined in this post. Innovation and entrepreneurship “hubs” and “labs” are all the rage these days. [...]
The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 25 Aug 2014 16:38PM
Even if you are just a casual follower of technology in developing countries, you will probably by now have come across blog posts and news articles touting Africa’s tech entrepreneurship boom. Indeed, the first fast-growing mobile app startups have [...]