Nicolas Friederici

 Nicolas Friederici

Nicolas is an OII DPhil student. His research examines the dynamics of complex innovation ecosystems in developing countries, and in particular the role of technology innovation hubs.


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.

Research interests

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 -


Current projects




Conference papers

  • 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.



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.