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Geoffrey S. Kirkman Adjunct Lecturer in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Kirkman is an adjunct lecturer in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University and as an international advancement officer, responsible for the University's fundraising and outreach in Latin America, Korea, Singapore, Japan and Canada.  He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.  Previously he served as deputy director and a Watson fellow at Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies and a lecturer in the Brown School of Engineering. He has also previously been managing director of the International Technologies Group at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he remains a Fellow Emeritus. His research has focused on the role of information and communication technologies in social and economic development, social entrepreneurship, and Latin American baseball. He was the founder and managing director of the Information Technologies Group at Harvard's Center for International Development. He has been a Visiting Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab, a consultant to the 2001 UNDP Human Development Report and a contributor to the United Nations ICT Task Force. He was also president and founder of the not-for-profit Sports for Development Foundation. Kirkman has professional experience in more than 40 countries worldwide, with a particular emphasis on Latin America. He previously also worked for the World Bank in Mexico City and Washington, D.C., and the United States Information Agency in Spain. He is a graduate of Brown and Harvard.

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

G.S. Kirkman, "Networked Readiness and Small Island Developing States," for the Conference on Small Island Economies in the Era of Globalization, Center for International Development at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 20, 2002.

G.S. Kirkman, E. Driggs González, M. Lopes, M. Putnam and A. Ragatz, "Readiness for the Networked World: The Dominican Republic," Center for International Development at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October 2002.

G.S. Kirkman and J.D. Sachs, "Subtract the Divide," Worldlink: The Magazine of the World Economic Forum, Davos (cover story), Switzerland, January/February 2001.

G.S. Kirkman, "Out of the Labs and Into the Developing World: Using Appropriate Technologies to Promote Truly Global Internet Diffusion," The Journal of Human Development, Vol 2, Number 2, Pages 191 – 237, United Nations Development Programme/Carfax Publishing, July 2001.

G.S. Kirkman, C.A. Osorio and J.D. Sachs, "The Networked Readiness Index: Measuring the Preparedness of Nations for the Networked World," The Global Information Technology Report 2001 – 2002, March 2002.

G.S. Kirkman (Managing Editor), P.K. Cornelius, J.D. Sachs, and K. Schwab (Editors) The Global Information Technology Report 2001 – 2002: Readiness for the Networked World, Oxford University Press, New York, March 2002.

Readiness for the Networked World: A Guide for Developing Countries, Information Technologies Group, Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2000 (Lead Author).

G. S. Kirkman and J. H. Walder, The Privatization of Light Servicios de Eletricidade, SA: Preparing the Terms of Sale, Case No. 1540.0, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1999.

G.S. Kirkman, "Opportunities in Offshore Information Services in Developing Countries: An International Development Perspective," Unpublished Manuscript, April 7, 1998.

research overview

Kirkman's research focuses on the role of information and communication technologies in social and economic development, social entrepreneurship, and Latin American baseball. His most recent research includes the development and deployment of a global survey of educators to generate data and better understand the challenges and impacts of incorporating ICTs into school curriculum, and a series of initiatives to enhance the economic competitiveness of Caribbean nations. Kirkman also works on issues relating to media and international affairs.

research statement

Kirkman's research focuses on the role of information and communication technologies in social and economic development, social entrepreneurship, and Latin American baseball. His most recent research includes the development and deployment of a global survey of educators to generate data and better understand the challenges and impacts of incorporating ICTs into school curriculum, and a series of initiatives to enhance the economic competitiveness of Caribbean nations. Kirkman also works on issues relating to media and international affairs.

funded research

-Fundacion Desarrollo Democracia y Desarrollo for "Networked Readiness of the Dominican Republic," 2002-03.
-The World Bank Institute for "Global Networked Readiness in Education: A Comparative Study of Developing Countries," 2002-03.
-World Links for Development Program of the World Bank for "Networked Readiness and Education," 1999.
-Harvard University Asia Center for "Two Case Studies in Asia of Innovation in the Internet," 2001.
-IBM for "Networked Readiness Guide," 1999-2000.