Research Assistant and PhD student in the Information Systems and Innovation Group
Kyung-Ryul Park is pursuing a PhD in the Information Systems and Innovation Group. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government with a political and economic development (PED) concentration. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University (SNU) in Korea.
Kyung’s research focuses on evaluating the impact of open data and information sharing platform on transparency and accountability. By focusing on interactive mapping platforms in international aid and humanitarian assistance, he examines what impact ICT has on aid transparency and coordination among stakeholders and explores factors that enable or constrain better coordination and citizens’ engagement in development process. Linked to this, he further examines which particular ICT or type of intervention impact certain type of event and demographic.
Prior to LSE, Kyung worked with Innovation Labs at the World Bank and led field implementation of the Open Aid Partnership project enabling development partners to share aid data and visualize donors’ activities on a common ICT platform. Here, he coauthored two World Bank policy reports on ICT for transparency and accountability issue.
He had extensive experiences on a range of technology and development projects and researches with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He was a lecturer at Department of Computer Studies at Arusha Technical College in Tanzania for 2 and half years and worked with IVI as the Project Associate on the program evaluation in India.
ICT for development;
Technological innovation in international development;
Socio-economic impact of open data and open government;
Aid transparency and aid coordination;
Interactive mapping and information sharing in humanitarian emergencies