David Grimshaw

Dr David J. Grimshaw is a Visiting Professor in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London, consultant and writer. Previously Head of International Programme: New Technologies at Practical Action and Senior Research Fellow with the Department for International Development.   His earlier academic career was with  Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, University of Leeds, and Cranfield School of Management.   He is the author of Bringing Geographical Information Systems into Business, second edition published by John Wiley Inc. (2000) and joint editor of IT in Business: A Manager’s Casebook (1999) and Strengthening Rural Livelihoods: The impact of information and communication technologies in Asia (2011).   David has published many papers in academic journals, international conferences and the professional press.

Recently completed research includes Connecting the First MilePodcasting in the Andes, Nano-Dialogues in Zimbabwe, Peru and Nepal; and Delivering Public Value from New Technologies incollaboration with the Universities of Sussex, Lancaster, and Durham supported by the ESRC.   David has been Visiting Fellow at Curtin University, Australia and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, State University of New York at Buffalo.   Previously a Visiting Professor at the International Management School, St.Petersburg, the Graduate School, Universiti Utara Malaysia, and the International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Elected to the Council of the Association for Geographic Information for 1999 – 2002 and chair of the Education Committee.   Acted as a mentor to the EPSRC funded project on Bridging the Global Digital Divide.   Member of Expert Advisory Panel on ICT for Rural Livelihoods Programme, ODI and World Bank (2007).   He was Chair of Demos at the ICTD2010, London.

As a consultant David has advised many companies on strategic information systems and GIS.   He helped to start the charity Science for Humanity and has worked with SciDev.Net on their ‘new technologies’ gateway.   He is on the Steering Group of MATTER, an “action-tank” devoted to making new technologies work for us all.