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Professor David Eaves joins UCL IIPP as Associate Professor in Digital Government

18 May 2022

Professor David Eaves joins IIPP as their new Associate Professor in Digital Government and Deputy Director for Strategy and Operations.

David Eaves

IIPP is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Eaves as the new Associate Professor in Digital Government and Deputy Director for Strategy and Operations.

David joins IIPP from Harvard Kennedy School where he has taught on digital era publica administration, digital transformation and the governance of digital public infrastructure. David is the co-founder of Teaching Public Service in a Digital Age and he partners with Public Digital to co-host an annual convening of digital government leaders from around the world.

In addition to his work, David has also co-founded and served as CEO of a civic-tech start up that successfully grew to serve over 400 governments across North America. He has advised on governance and collaboration strategies for open source communities such as OpenMRS, Drupal and Mozilla and provided training to almost every cohort of Code of America fellows, White House Presidential Innovation Fellows and Code for Canada fellows.

David has worked as a negotiation advisor to numerous tech organisations, governments and environmental groups and also served as an advisor to a coalition of Canadian environmental government organisations during two years of negotiations with the Forestry Products Association of Canada (FPAC) which helped cement the ground-breaking Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.

On his appointment David says:

‘It is an honor to be coming to the IIPP and have a chance to work support the Institute’s mission while working with colleagues and leaders in the government and technology space like Rainer Kattel, Mike Bracken, Tim O’Reilly and Francesca Bria. Mariana’s commitment to push for a re-investment in state capacity is what drives me to work with governments on how technology can help them re-imagining and create public value. This is a critical moment where governments are laying down the digital infrastructure that will underpin how government work in the 21st century. It is important that we do that with a critical eye on how we create value, as well as ensuring it does so in ways that address challenges of inequality, power and justice. I can’t think of a better place to be doing that work.’

IIPP Director, Prof. Mariana Mazzucato also said:

“I am excited that David will be joining IIPP in the autumn. David’s deep expertise in governing digital public infrastructure and public administration in the digital age will be invaluable for us as we continue to advocate for governments re-imagining how they govern and use digital technologies to create public value. At this pivotal moment, David’s support will be crucial in developing and delivering the Institute’s strategy for expanding our reach and focusing on new measures that will allow governments to capture and steer the direction of growth so that it is inclusive and sustainable.”