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.

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Anuradha Herur

Anuradha (Anu) Herur is an Assistant Researcher at Digital Planet. Along with conducting research, she also handles the content and communication strategy. She graduated from The Fletcher School with a MALD in 2020, prior to which she worked as a lawyer and a journalist in India. Anu is also a 2022 fellow with the Internet Law and Policy Foundry.

Christopher Compton

Chris Compton is an Assistant Researcher at Digital Planet, where he conducts data analysis and supports the team with research design and writing. Chris studied economics and mathematics at Bentley University and led multiple student initiatives for the economics department. He previously worked in management consulting, using economic analysis to give companies actionable insights.

Abidemi Adisa

Abidemi Adisa is an Assistant Researcher at Digital Planet. She identifies research questions, collects, and analyzes data on topics related to digital development. She has a PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Texas Tech University. She previously worked in academic research and retail banking.

Karissa Monteiro

Karissa is a Research Analyst at Digital Planet and is primarily involved in research, data visualization and data analysis surrounding the ‘Atlas of Human Migration’ Project. Prior to this, she has been engaged in several quantitative and qualitative analysis driven roles in management consulting as well as non-profit organizations.

Student Analysts

Aman Ghose

Aman Ghose is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet where he contributes to the AI Readiness project.

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.

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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.

Daniel Kibet

Daniel Kibet is a Graduate Research Analyst at the Digital Planet, working on digitally inclusive economies under IDEA2030 and assist the research team with report write-ups, data analysis, and visualizations.

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.

Emily O’Connor

Emily O’Connor is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet where she contributes to the AI Readiness project.

Jeevan Palaniyandy

Jeevan Palaniyandy is an Undergraduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where he assists with report writing and data analysis with a focus on Digital Inclusion and fintech.

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.

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.

Lakshmee Sharma

Lakshmee Sharma is a Graduate Research Analyst at the Digital Planet where she works on data analysis and visualization for the IDEA 2030 research initiative.

Maria Ferraz

Maria Ferraz

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

Mortaza Afghan

Mortaza Afghan is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet where he contributes to the IDEA 2030 project.

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.

Pujitha Gullapalli

Pujitha Gullapalli is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet where she contributes to the AI Readiness project.

Rahel Sirack

Rahel Sirack is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she assists with the data analysis and visualization of different research projects.

Ram Sundaram

Ram Sundaram is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, working on editing, writing and data analysis with a focus on digital inclusion, misinformation and technology policy.

Ramsha Hameed

Ramsha Hameed

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

Riya Mehta

Riya Mehta is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she contributes to data-driven research on AI for Good, digital economy and inclusive growth opportunities.

Rolu Adebola

Rolu Adebola is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, working on the Human Planet-Migration-WU project, where he works on research and data analysis of migration trends and flows in specific regions.

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.

Sanjana Kadyan

Sanjana Kadyan is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet pursuing research at the intersection of labor markets and migration policy. She is an economic policy practitioner of India’s specialist civil service and is currently pursuing her second Economics (Research Track) Master’s at Department of Economics and Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Shruti Rao

Shruti Rao is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, working on the AI for Good project.

Tint Tel May

Tint Tel May is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet where she contributes to data analysis and visualization to the IDEA2030 research stream

Urvashi Chopra

Urvashi Chopra is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she contributes to data-driven research on the digital economy and analyzes inclusive growth opportunities at the intersection of government and business.

Uyen Chu

Uyen Chu is an Undergraduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet, where she works on data analysis and visualization of various research projects such as Off the Charts and State Broadband analyses.

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.

Wabei Saboi

Wabei is a Graduate Research Analyst at Digital Planet where she assists the research team with report write-ups, data visualization, and analysis on various research projects such as digital inclusion, and digital Intelligence Index.

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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