Dr Lara Srivastava

Dr Lara Srivastava

Visiting Fellow

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
ICT and media regulation and governance

About me

For over 25 years, Lara Srivastava has been working in technology and policy foresight, regulation and governance - on anticipating technical and social developments, and shaping adaptive organizational change. As policy advisor, lawyer and entrepreneur, her experience cuts across internet start-ups, academia, governments, and international organizations. She holds a Juris Doctor (JD) in technology law, an MSc in Technology Policy and an M.A. In French Literature and Critical Theory. She completed her PhD in technological design and innovation, in the context of decision-support and smart homes for an ageing population. This was based on her early work on IoT (Internet of Things) as far back as 2004 at the international level, during which she initiated and led work on the 2005 landmark report ITU Internet Report 2005: Internet of Things.

Lara is currently working for The World Bank as part of their digital development efforts. Previously, she was Head of the Bridging the Standards Gap and Emerging Tech programme, for which she designed and delivered programmes on standardization for developing countries at the United Nations specialized Agency for information and communications technologies, which deals with topics ranging from IoT and Artificial Intelligence  to Future Networks and 5G. In the early 2000s, she managed the organization's first Technology Foresight programme (New initiatives) that tracked the global development of the internet and emerging technologies not only from a technical perspective, but also from economic, social and sociological perspectives.

Lara began her career with the Canadian regulator for broadcasting and telecommunications and has also worked in management consultancy, television (as host and commentator), and as researcher and lecturer in media law and communications. Throughout her career, Lara has advocated for a better understanding of the interaction between technology, law and business, but equally for a greater awareness of the ever-expanding impact of technology on society and the human condition as a whole. She believes that the only way to address our growing social and environmental challenges is not to deploy technology for technology’s sake, but to employ multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approaches to both innovation and design.

Dr Srivastava will be Visiting Fellow in the Department from March 2021 to March 2022, and will work with Professor Robin Mansell during her time here.

Expertise Details

ICT and media regulation and governance; technical and policy standardization; ICT for development; Technology policy; technology and society;


Books and book chapters

(2017) “Global Markets, Global Challenges: Improving Food Safety And Traceability While Empowering Smallholders Through ICT” in ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook, World Bank (with T. G. Karippacheril, L. D. Rios)

(2011) Telecommunications Regulation Handbook: Tenth Anniversary Edition, The World Bank/infoDev/ITU (Eds. with C. Blackman)

(2010) “The Internet of Things: Setting the Standards”, in H. Chaouchi (ed.) The Internet of Things, Wiley (with K. Mainwaring)

(2009) Wireless Independent Living For A Greying Population, River Publishers

(2009) “The evolution of social interactions in the networked space”, in F. Fitzek and H. Charaf (eds.) Mobile Peer to Peer: A Tutorial Guide, Wiley.

(2008) “The mobile makes its mark”, in J. Katz (ed.), Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, MIT Press.

(2006) ITU Internet Report: digital.life, ITU (Editor and lead author)

(2005) “Mobile mania, mobile manners”, in P. Glotz, S. Bertschi, & C. Locke (eds.) Thumb culture: The meaning of mobile phones for society. Transaction Publishers.

(2006) “Dissemination and Acquisition of Knowledge in the Mobile Age”, in K. Nyíri (ed.) Mobile Understanding: The Epistemology of Ubiquitous Communication, Passagen Verlag.

(2005) ITU Internet Report: Internet of Things, ITU (Editor and lead author)

(2005) “Mobilising the Internet—Asian‐style”, in L. Mendoza & M. Rao & (eds.) Asia Unplugged: The Wireless and Mobile Media Boom in the Asia‐Pacific, Sage Publications.

(2004) ITU Internet Report: The Portable Internet, ITU (Editor and lead author)

(2002) ITU Internet Report: Internet for a Mobile Generation, ITU(Editor and lead author) 

Journal articles

(2018) “ITU cost model and methodology to assist national regulatory authorities to engage with international mobile roaming”, in Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance (with S. Forge)

(2012) Towards a Narrative‐Aware Design Framework for Smart Urban Environments, The Future Internet: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, Volume 7281, 166‐177 (with A. Vakali)

(2009) Radio‐enabled environments for independent ageing, Springer International Journal on Wireless Personal Communications, Special Issue, Volume 51, Number 4, 761‐791

(2007) RFID: Ubiquity for Humanity, INFO, Vol 9, No. 1

(2006) Key issues in the evolution to always‐on mobile multimedia environments, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, Issue 7 and 8

(2005) Mobile phones and the evolution of social behaviour, Behaviour and Information Technology, Volume 24, Issue 2, March‐April

(2004) Mobility Unplugged: Technologies, Policy Challenges and Market Opportunities, IETE Technical Review, Vol 21, No 5

(2004) Japan’s ubiquitous mobile information society, INFO, Vol. 6, No. 4

(2003) The Age of the Mobile Internet, Media Asia, Vol. 30, Number 2

(2003) Boosting Broadband in Iceland, INFO, Vol. 5, No. 3

(2002) Licensing of third generation mobile, INFO, Vol. 4, No. 1

(2001) Fixed‐Mobile Interconnection in India, Telecommunications Policy, Volume 25, No. 1/2, Feb/Mar

(2001) 3G Mobile: The Case of Japan, INFO, Vol. 3 No. 6, December 2001 

(2001) The Regulatory Environment for Fixed‐Mobile Interconnection, Communications & Strategies, IDATE

(1998) Electronic Cash & the Innovation Process: A User Paradigm, SPRU Electronic Working Paper, No 23