Sanna Ojanperä

Sanna is a DPhil Student at the OII and also a doctoral student at the Alan Turing Institute, where she leads the Data and Inequality interest group together with her supervisor Mark Graham.

Email: sanna.ojanpera@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 612344

 

Before commencing her doctoral studies Sanna worked as the quantitative research lead in an ERC-funded GeoNet project which studies how new economic practices and processes are taking root in Sub-Saharan Africa as a result of changing connectivities. Before joining the OII, Sanna worked with the Digital Engagement team of the World Bank Governance Global Practice and the Inter-American Development Bank’s Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness Unit. She earned a Master’s Degree from American University’s School of International Service (Washington, DC) in 2013. At SIS she studied international development, governance, and innovative research methods as an ASLA-Fulbright Fellow.

Sanna’s doctoral research investigates the relationship between accessing work through online platforms and informality, and how these practices impact inequality, social exclusion, individual well-being, and the government’s ability to collect taxes. She is also very interested in the applications of big data in international development and through her research endeavours to understand what development is and should be in the era of massive data and ever-increasing computing abilities.

Research interests

international development, digital economy, online labour, big data, informality, internet and information geography, knowledge economy, ICT for development, connectivity, inclusion, and equality.

Blogs

GeoNet microsite: http://geonet.oii.ox.ac.uk/

Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality microsite: http://cii.oii.ox.ac.uk/

Big Data and Development microsite: http://bigdatadevelopment.oii.ox.ac.uk/

The Alan Turing Institute website/ our interest group page there: https://www.turing.ac.uk/research_projects/data-and-inequality/


Latest blog posts

Current projects

Past projects

Conference papers

  • Ojanpera, S., Graham, M., Straumann, R. and De Sabbata, S. (2016) "Measuring the Contours of the Global Knowledge Economy with a Digital Index", Development Studies Association Conference.
  • Ojanpera, S. (2013) "Networked Structures in International Development: A Proposal for a Research Agenda", 6th Annual Meeting of the Political Networks Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Journal articles

Reports

  • Fauck, D., Bandilli, M., Ojanpera, S., Stefanovski, I., Zuidema, L., Novakova, S. and Grindgards, S. (2014) Missing a Generation in EU Politics. Brussels: European Policy Centre.
  • Guaipatin, C., Anta, R., Kallestad, E., Magri, N., Ojanpera, S., Olcese, C., Schwartz, L. and Tourreilles, F. (2013) Social Innovation: the Experience of the IDB's Innovation Lab. Washington D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank.

Other

  • Ojanpera, S. and Graham, M. (2017) Africa's digital knowledge economy worrying. SciDev.Net.

Presentations

  • Ojanpera, S. (2016) Big Data in International Development. Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Ojanpera, S. (2016) Addressing New Societal Challenges with the Use of Big Data: Inequality and Exclusion. Brussels, Belgium.
  • Ojanpera, S. (2015) Economic Geographies of Knowledge Production in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  • Ojanpera, S. (2015) Lopsided Geographies of Connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Ojanpera, S. (2015) The Geography of Engagement in the Knowledge Economy: Regional Patterns of Content Creation. Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Ojanpera, S. (2015) Uneven Geographies of Connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kings International Development Institute.