Godo is an OII DPhil student. His research will examine how mobile applications and related technologies influence governance issues. He is particularly interested in the on-demand ride apps phenomenon in Asia’s densely populated cities. He was awarded a Clarendon Scholarship for the duration of his studies.

Godo finished a Masters in International Development Management (With Distinction) at the University of Westminster, London. He also completed a Masters in Governance and Public Policy (With High Distinction) at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he also earned the Dean’s Commendation. While at Queensland, his interests turned toward policy questions on innovation, industrialisation and digital technologies. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the Ateneo de Manila University with Highest Honors (summa cum laude) in 2010, ranking 7th out of nearly 2,000 graduates.

Godo’s previous academic activities involved development studies, political economy, financial flows, industrial policy and technology diffusion. Godo has published with the Journal of Australian Political Economy, Australia’s principal outlet on political economy, and the Development Policy Review, an internationally respected journal on development policy.
Aside from the Oxford Clarendon Scholarship, he is also the recipient of the Australian Endeavour Scholarship, the Westminster International Scholarship, the Ateneo de Manila Full Scholarship, and a Philippine Government Higher Education (CHED) Scholarship – which he won after placing 7th overall in the National Exams.

Prior to his postgraduate studies, Godo gained years of experience in investment banking, university teaching, and NGO work. During his stint in NGO work, he was the editor of a book on financial literacy which became a national best-seller in the Philippines.

He is grateful to the Oxford Clarendon Fund, Oxford University Press, and St. Edmund Hall for full funding support.


Research interests

Platform economies, mobile applications, on-demand ride apps, impact of mobile apps on governance, governance reform, political economy, and developmental impact of technology.

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil student, October 2016 –

Supervisors at the OII


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