Carla Bonina is Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Surrey Business School. Her research interests lie in the intersection of technology innovation, entrepreneurship and policy. Her current projects revolve around open data and innovation, the developmental value of digital platforms and sustainable business models in the digital economy. Over the last ten years, she has been conducting research on digital government, technology innovation, innovation policy and international development. She provides strategic advice on digital transformation, open data and sustainability of the digital economy to governments, international organisations and donors, such as Avinas Americas, the OECD, the IDRC and the World Bank among others. She is considered a Latin American expert.
Prior to joining Surrey Business School, she held a Research Fellowship in LSE Tech, a research team at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) active in the area of innovation and technology management. Carla holds a PhD in Management from the LSE, an MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy from CIDE in Mexico City, and a BA in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires. She is a member of Sandbox, a global network of young entrepreneurs, and shares a passion for social entrepreneurship.
Areas of specialism
Digital government ;
Digital platforms and international development;
Sustainability and digital social innovation;
In the media
My research agenda revolves around asking the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions of digital innovation in private and public enterprises and its effects at societal level—questions that are at center of the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE). I work mainly in three related streams:
Open data and international development
A big part of my current programme of research examines how open government data—data released by government in digital format, publicly available for anyone to use—can contribute to economic and social development in Latin America. It employs a multi-method approach using several case studies in the region to answer two related questions:
- How do open data platforms enable innovation in Latin America?
- How can social innovation ventures exploit the benefits of open data in a sustainable and inclusive way?
On completion, this research will provide governments with practical guidelines to grow and nurture an ecosystem of innovators needed to unlock the developmental value of open data. It will also equip tech entrepreneurs, NGOs and social innovators in Latin America with powerful tools to generate or escalate ventures based on open data in a sustainable way.
Key partners to develop this research in the region include the Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA), Avina Americas and the InterAmerican Development Bank, and the Government of Argentina, among others.
Digital government, ideologies and public values
This programme of research explores how digital innovation contributes to the enactment of public values in government on one hand, and what role ideologies play in the design and implementation of digital government initiatives. It applies social theory in information systems and publicness theory to study the way governments generate value within their contexts. The empirical setting is Mexico and Argentina, with expected contributions to the field of management of information systems and practitioner advice to governments in Latin America seeking digital transformation.
Other areas I'm working include reappraising notions of value in the digital economy, emerging business models in FinTech and the creative industries, and critical discourse analysis in digital economy related themes. Within this stream, a highlight project is the EU-funded AudioCommons, where I work with David Plans on understating emerging business models for the audio industry.
Koskinen, Kari, Bonina, Carla, & Eaton, Ben. (2018, October 30). Digital Platforms in the Global South: Foundations and Research Agenda. DIODE Working Paper No. 8, Centre for Development Informatics, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester.http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1566694
Aguerre Carolina, & Bonina, Carla. (2018, Dec). Por Mi Barrio. Lecciones, Hallazgos y Futuro (Por Mi Barrio. Lessons, Findings and Future). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2531028
OECD (2017), Assessing the Impact of Digital Government in Colombia: Towards a new methodology, OECD Digital Government Studies, OECD Publishing, OECD Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264283282-en (written chapters 1 and 2)