Brandie Martin Nonnecke is the Research & Development Manager of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be used as tools to support civic participation, to improve governance and accountability, and to foster economic and social development.

Brandie’s research has included investigating the use of ICTs within low-income communities in the United States and in developing countries. She has studied the use of BTOP-funded public computer centers by low-income, urban community members in the United States, including how the Internet is used within these communities to obtain social services, education/skills training, and employment.

Since 2007, She has conducted research in Uganda on how subsistence farmers use mobile phones to access and deliver agricultural extension and maternal/infant health care services. Brandie helped launch “Establish and Grow”, a grassroots organization in the Kamuli District, Uganda that seeks to minimize food insecurity and malnutrition through the availability of locally-produced nutritient-dense foods, nutritional education, and skills training in health and entrepreneurship, including identifying opportunities to utilize ICTs to reach these objectives.

Brandie enjoys studying the emergence, evolution, and impacts of telecommunications/information policies. She is currently studying the influence of non-binding, multi-stakeholder policy networks on stakeholder participation in ICT policymaking in developing country regions.

She has published articles in Telecommunications Policy, Telematics & Informatics, Communications & Strategies, and Information Technologies & International Development.

Brandie received her M.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from The Pennsylvania State University.

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