The Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs

Research and Publications

By Faculty and Fellows

The following research papers and publications have been funded by the HCTIA.

Zap It to Me: The Short-Term Impacts of a Mobile Cash Transfer Program
Professor Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor of Development Economics

Voice Connectivity in Developed Countries
Professor Carolyn Gideon, Assistant Professor of International Communication and Technology Policy

States as Cyber-Defenders
Professor Michael J. Glennon, Professor of International Law

ABC, 123: The Impact of a Mobile Phone Literacy Program on Educational Outcomes
Prof. Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor of Development Economics

Universal Service: Sustaining Household Voice Communication in a Multi-Platform Environment
Prof. Carolyn Gideon, Assistant Professor of International Communication and Technology Policy


By Students


  • Ahmad Hemmat. Virtual Civil Society: Scoping Study of Internet-Enabled Social Activism in Afghanistan
  • Ahmed Jawad. Information and Communications Technology for Crisis Management and Response
  • Brittany Parker. A Tech Hub in an ICT Desert: Case Study of Rawabi
  • Muralidhar Selvamani. Closing the Digital Divide in India
  • Nemmani Sreedhar. Concept of Rashmi (A Community Based Local News Service)
  • Rasima Swarup. Assessing the Value Proposition of Digital Financial Services in Financial Inclusion
  • Alysha Tierney. Why is Daesh so Popular? A Social Network Analysis of Extremist Narratives
  • Stefan Tschauko. Strategic Communication and Branding in International Organizations: The Case of the United Nations


  • 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


  • Jung Woo Chun. Minimizing the Impacts of Accidental Oil Spills: Lessons Learned from the Hebei Spirit, Taean 2007 to the Wu Yi San, Yeosu, 2014
  • Erik English. Analysis of Energy Demand and Trends within Hargeisa, Somaliland
  • Hee-Jun Lim. Comparative Analysis on Effect of National Innovation System on Economic Growth and Social Welfare: A Case of USA, South Korea, and China
  • Zdenka Myslikova. Empirical Evidence on the Innovation in Energy Technology Indicators Availability
  • Prashanth Parameswaran. Beyond Triangulation: Advancing U.S.-Japan-ASEAN Technological Cooperation
  • Franziska Schwartzmann. Dying Out or Self-Inflicted Failure? Were There Signs that the European Daily Newspaper Market was About to Get Disrupted?
  • Laura Stankiewicz. The Use of ICTs for Online and Blended Education in Refugee Camps


  • 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


  • Hilary Eason. Multi-sector ICT4D Education Partnerships
  • Ahmed Malik and Jonathan Torn. Uninterruptible Power Systems in Pakistan
  • Kartikeya Singh. Scaling Technologies: How can We Truly Light Up a Billion Lives?


  • Elizabeth Yepsen. The Geography of Fiber Optics Infrastructure and GDP Growth: A Cross-Country Analysis



  • Jacqueline Deelstra
    Topic: Can Text Messages Fix East Africa’s Development Challenge?
  • Joshua Haynes
    Topic: Does deregulation / liberalization of African telecoms help the poor?
  • Jonathan R. Siegel
    Topic: The Diffusion of Off-Grid Solar Electricity in Rural Bangladesh
  • Aaron Strong
    Topic: 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.