Short CV

Ismael Peña-López

Public Policies for Development
School of Law and Political Science
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia, School of Law and Political Science, and also researcher at its Internet Interdisciplinary Institute and at its eLearn Center. PhD in the Information and Knowledge Society, BSc in Economics, MSc in Ecoaudit and Corporate Planning of the Environment and post-degree in Knowledge Management.

Since 2014 he is also senior researcher at Open Evidence and director of open innovation at the Fundació Jaume Bofill.

He works on the impact of Information and Communication Technologies in Development. Specifically, his interests focus on the measurement of the evolution of digital economies and personal digital uptake (e-readiness, the digital divide), and the impact of ICT on development and its main institutions, especially in the field of ICTs and education and ICTs and democracy. He has worked in these areas in 25 countries in collaboration with the UNDP, IDRC-CRDI, Ericsson, the Spanish Senate and Government, the Parliament and Government of Catalonia, the government of the county of Barcelona and Lleida, several city councils, the Fundació Jaume Bofill, the Fundación Esplai, Aguas de Barcelona, Ferrovial and several political parties and citizen platforms and NGOs.

He was founding member and then director of the Development Cooperation Programme at UOC, where he mainly worked in the fields of e-learning for development and online volunteering. He is the editor of ICTlogy (ISSN 1886-5208).