Dr. Brandie Nonnecke is the Research & Development Manager for CITRIS, UC Berkeley and Program Director for CITRIS, UC Davis. 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. She previously served as Research & Development Manager for the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative.
Brandie’s research has included investigating the use of ICTs within low-income communities in the United States and in developing countries. In the United States, she studied the use of federally funded public computer centers by low-income, urban community members, including how Internet access is used to obtain social services, education/skills training, and employment. She has conducted research in Uganda on how subsistence farmers use feature mobile telephones to access and deliver agricultural extension and health care services. Brandie enjoys studying the emergence, evolution, and impacts of telecommunications/information policies. In this capacity, she has studied the influence of non-binding, multi-stakeholder policy networks on stakeholder participation in ICT policymaking in developing country regions.
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.