About the Author

Roza Vasileva, PhD Candidate

Roza Vasileva is a PhD candidate in Digital Economy with a focus on using data for citizen-centric smart cities at the Horizon Center for Doctoral Training, University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Roza has been an Open Data and Urban Innovations Consultant to the World Bank since 2012 and supported Open Government Data and Digital Government projects in over a dozen countries including Tanzania, Mauritius, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. As part of this work, she conducted and co-authored Open Data Readiness Assessments (ODRA) following the World Bank standard diagnostic methodology. 

Roza’s research area includes using data especially open government data and citizen generated urban data for designing citizen-centric smart sustainable cities. Currently she is conducting field work in Tanzania and Kenya looking at the data-driven community initiatives and how they are contributing towards smart urban transformation. 

Roza earned her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in St. Petersburg and a dual master’s degree in Public Administration and International Affairs at Maxwell School of Syracuse University as a Fulbright Scholar.