About

Digital Planet, an interdisciplinary research initiative of The Fletcher School’s Institute for Business in the Global Context, is dedicated to understanding the impact of digital innovations on the world and providing actionable insights for policymakers, businesses, investors, and innovators.

Forecasting Opportunities for Global Growth

Digital Planet research identifies breakout growth in global markets and analyzes how to best make use of untapped digital potential.

Investing in Technology for Social Good

Our research combines the forces of people and technology to accelerate inclusive growth around the world. 

Leveraging Emerging Technologies with Policy

Each piece of research benchmarks various digital metrics against important policy levers to improve broad societal outcomes.

Meet Our Team

Research

Bhaskar Chakravorti is the Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context.  At the Institute, Bhaskar has launched multiple initiatives, including Digital Planet, IDEA 2030, Inclusion Inc., The “Turn?” Conference series, among others.

Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi is the Director of Research, Lecturer in Global Business, and Doctoral Research Fellow for Innovation and Change at Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), where he leads the Digital Planet research program and teaches International Strategy and Innovation in the Master of Global Business Administration (GBA) program. 

Christina Filipovic

Christina Filipovic is the Assistant Research Manager at Digital Planet, where she leads multiple research initiatives. She earned her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Fletcher in 2014 and previously worked in government affairs and advocacy.

Zhuo Joy Zhang

Zhuo Joy Zhang is a Research Analyst (II) at Digital Planet. She designs and develops research studies, executes protocols, and conducts data analysis. Prior to this role, Joy interned at Albright Stonebridge Group, where she managed various projects relating to climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable land management.

Griffin Brewer

Griffin Brewer is a Research Analyst (II) at Digital Planet. Bringing to bear a diverse set of experiences that includes a stint as a political organizer in Maine, Griffin’s area of study ranges from emerging technologies and international trade to labor policy and inequality.

Student Analysts

Arpitha Desai

Arpitha Desai

Arpitha Desai is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she assists the team with research, writing, and analysis focused on the intersection of technology, human rights, and economic development.

Avni Ambalam

Avni Ambalam is an Undergraduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she focuses on social media marketing and promotion. 

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Carlo Francisco Salazar

Carlo Francisco Salazar is an Undergraduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where he works on research and data analysis on multiple projects including Off the Charts, Uneven State, and Digital Trust.

Chidera Moghalu

Chidera Moghalu is an Undergraduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she works on data analysis and visualization on projects such as Digital Inclusion. She also works on social media marketing and promotion.

Eda Yilar

Eda Yilar

Eda Yilar is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she helps with the data analysis and visualization of various research projects in the context of the digital economy.

Edbert Jao

Edbert Jao

Edbert Jao is an Undergraduate Research Analyst at the Digital Planet, where he assists with data analysis, visualization, and statistical software.

Jeevan Palaniyandy

Jeevan Palaniyandy

Jeevan Palaniyandy is an Undergraduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where he assists with report writing, data analysis, and visualization.

Karissa Monteiro

Karissa Monteiro is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she researches development, financial economics, and creative destruction.

Katherine Kurata

Katherine Kurata is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she assists with conducting data-driven analysis to unpack complex policy issues at the nexus of disruptive technologies, innovation and security challenges.

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Katie Sonnefeldt

Katie Sonnefeldt is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she contributes to the IDEA2030 project.

Katy Mayerson

Katy Mayerson is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she works to analyze trends in digital trust and cybersecurity. She contributes to the Digital Intelligence Index and other projects.

Malavika Krishnan

Malavika Krishnan is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she assists the research team with report write-ups, data analysis, and visualizations. 

Maria Ferraz

Maria Ferraz

Maria Ferraz is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she contributes to the IDEA2030 project.

Mariam Amini

Mariam Amini is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she researches cybersecurity vulnerabilities and misinformation in the media and assists the research team with report write-ups and data analysis. 

Oliver Martínez López

Oliver Martínez López

Oliver Martínez López is an Undergraduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where he works on research and data analysis of the intersection between digital development and COVID-19. 

Patrick Beliard

Patrick Beliard is an Undergraduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where he studies how the digital economy interacts with critical social issues such as race, gender, and health outcomes.

Ramsha Hameed

Ramsha Hameed

Ramsha Hameed is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, working on digitally inclusive economies under IDEA2030.

Samantha Hubner

Samantha Hubner

Samantha Hubner is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she specializes in geospatial data analytics, misinformation/disinformation in the cyber domain, and technology policy.

Vikram Singh

Vikram Singh

Vikram Singh is an Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where he helps with the data analysis and visualization of various research projects.

Get Involved

There are several opportunities to get involved with Digital Planet. This includes research and employment opportunities, educational offerings, events, webinars, and more. We welcome people from a wide array of professional backgrounds and look forward to learning new ways in which we can advance our research and impact.

 

Digital Planet is home to a collaborative group of researchers that are passionate about digital innovations and bring creative approaches to solving problems. While employment and research opportunities vary each year, we welcome inquiries from those interested. 

Contact Digital Planet for employment & research opportunities 

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There are several exciting educational opportunities and degree programs offered at The Fletcher School. Many Fletcher students pursue research assistantships with Digital Planet, which often lead to significant employment opportunities and independent research projects. 

Programs at The Fletcher School

Master of International Business (MIB)

Master of Global Business Administration (GBA)

Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)

 

Whether online or in-person, Digital Planet hosts several events, conferences, and webinars each year. Each event convenes experts from around the world on emerging technologies and the digital economy and initiates conversation about how digitalization can be used for the greater good. 

Explore events here.

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