Student Research

Every summer students are supported with research grants to explore the intersection between technology and their fields of interest.


  • Arpitha Desai, Voting Out Political Disinformation 
  • Pujitha Gullapalli, NewSense: Making Fact-Checking Accessible, One Tweet at a Time 
  • Camilla Kapustina, Predictive Mapping for Forest Conservation and Climate Change Mitigation: Trinity County, California
  • Katyayinee Richhariya, Regulating Morality: Social Media and Individual Receptivity of Religious Hate Speech 
  • Daniel Kroth, Talking Past Victory: AI and (Mis)Perception in Grant Strategy 
  • Talha Jilani, Technological, Regulatory, and Socio-Political Challenges in Pakistan’s Music Industry 
  • Sarthak Satapathy, Governing Digital IDs: Narratives and Conundrums 
  • Ram Sundaram, NewSense: A Study in Reducing Inaccessibility to Fact-Checking on Twitter
  • Sarah Shaukat, Alleviating Mobility and Informational Constraints Through Online Social Networks for Female Entrepreneurs in Pakistan 
  • Robin Tharakan, Shifting Responsibilities: An Accountability Mechanism for Philanthropic Organizations Funding Public Interest Technology 
  • Stefan Tschauko, Strengthening Multilateralism Through Communications: Branding and Brand Management in the UN System 
  • Lakshmee Vinayak Sharma, Can Civic Tech Be More Equitable? 




  • Jeremy Danz, The economic impact of innovative landmine and unexploded ordinance survey and clearance technologies in Cambodia
  • Aesclinn Donohoe, Measurement of the effectiveness of online dispute resolution systems and their equity
  • Nicole Leaver, The impact of predictive technologies on public sector services
  • Megan Rounseville, Measuring text message take-up
  • Alex Tenney, Electrification of refugee camps using solar power




  • Grant Bridgman, What Do You Want to know? Information Through Cellphones in East Africa & Phone-based Search Engine
  • Fern Gray, Suitability of ‘Price Cap’ Method of Subsidy Calculation: Fossil Fuel Transportation Subsidy Model
  • Robert Helbig, Innovative Disruption in the Context of the Sharing and Freelance Economies: The Puzzling Case of Germany and Brazil”
  • Kai Keller, The Development of the Ebola Vaccine: A Social Network Approach
  • Luisa Malcherek, Force(d) for Good: What Are the Implications of Government Directed Internet Censorship to Counter Online Terrorist Radicalization
  • Abhineet Singh Malhotra, Role of Technology in Improving Public School Administrative Systems
  • Zedenka Myslikova, Indicators of Innovation Capabilities in Clean Energy Technologies: How Big is the Technology Gap Between Developed and Developing Countries?
  • Rajiv Nair, Media at the Bottom of the Pyramid
  • Andrew Olsen, Identifying High-tech and Low-tech Strategies for Knowledge Sharing in Faith-based Foreign Aid
  • Nikolas Ott, Moving Beyond the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare: Implications of NATO’s Role in Shaping Perception of the Cyber Space
  • Aditi Patel and Gaspar Rodriguez, Salesforce and Implementations for Social Impact Organizations
  • Rebecca Peral-Martinez, The Impact of Women’s Advancement on the Clean Energy Economy



  • Michael Baskin, Understanding and Applying ORA to Large Bureaucracies: A Pilot Investigation
  • Panagiota Kaltsa, Using Technology to Increase Citizen Participation
  • Laura Kuhl, Technology Transfer for Agricultural Adaptation: A Case Study in Western Honduras
  • Aaron Melaas, Industrial Policy Support for Domestic Innovation in Renewable Energy Technologies: A Case Study of Brazil
  • Katherine Nolan, Powering Developing Communities:  Financial Models for Sustainable Off-Grid Energy Supply
  • Prashanth Parameswaran, Bridging the Gap: Enhancing U.S.-ASEAN Infrastructure Cooperation
  • Caroline Troein, It’s Getting Crowded Up There: Industry and Political Risk for Satellite Operations in a Multipolar World
  • Jiefei Yuan, Expanding the Market for Loyalties: The Hollywood-China Story Revisited




  • Jacqueline Deelstra, Can Text Messages Fix East Africa’s Development Challenge?
  • Joshua Haynes, Does deregulation / liberalization of African telecoms help the poor?
  • Jonathan R. Siegel, The Diffusion of Off-Grid Solar Electricity in Rural Bangladesh
  • Aaron Strong, Tackling Maritime Bunker Fuel Emissions: The Evolution of Global Climate Change Policy at the International maritime Organization

Collaboration with the Hitachi Research Institute

Global Competition for Talent: Employees’ Goals, Firms’ Strategies, and National Agendas

The aims of this Joint Research Project on Migration and Competitive Advantage in Human Capital are first to understand the motivation of the people whom we call “highly skilled mobile workers (HSMWs)”, or those with tertiary education who are able to migrate to utilize their expertise for work. What are the factors affecting their decisions to migrate? How does it differ in different ethnic groups? What other traits of migrants are significant in their decision to (or not to) migrate? What are their long-term career goals? Existing studies only partially answer these questions, and we hope to acquire deeper insights on them. The second aim is to investigate the recruiting and retention strategies of the companies that are successful in attracting HSMWs, thus winning the global competition for talent. Which companies have been successful? Where and how do they recruit? How do they avoid turnovers? Could other companies learn from the best practice? How do they choose between recruiting foreign nationals and foreign direct investment? How do they lobby their host countries in order to effect change in immigration policy, and how do the host countries of successful companies structure their immigration policies?

This is a collaborative research project between the Hitachi Center and the Hitachi Research Institute.