Dr. Patrick Meier

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Director of Social Innovation
Social Computing
+(974) 44541743

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Visit my blog iRevolution or follow me on Twitter @patrickmeier.

 
I joined QCRI to develop next generation humanitarian technology solutions with some of the world's leading experts in advanced computing.

Research Focus at QCRI

An internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience, Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI, where he spearheads cutting-edge research and development on next-generation humanitarian technology solutions.

Patrick frequently writes about his research at QCRI on his highly-acclaimed blog iRevolution and Twitter @PatrickMeier.

Previous Experience

Prior to QCRI, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many inter-national organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, OSCE, OECD, EC, USAID, DAI, IFES, Swisspeace, Internews and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network.

Prior to HHI, Patrick was a researcher with the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and a fellow at SIPA’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR). He is also an alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute’s (SFI) Complex Systems Summer School and holds a certificate in complexity science from the New England Complex Systems Institute. Patrick has taught undergraduate, graduate and professional seminars on a variety of topics including Conflict and Disaster Early Warning, Complexity Science and Digital Democracy.

Prior to HHI, Patrick was a researcher with the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and a fellow at SIPA’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR). He is also an alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute’s (SFI) Complex Systems Summer School and holds a certificate in complexity science from the New England Complex Systems Institute. Patrick has taught undergraduate, graduate and professional seminars on a variety of topics including Conflict and Disaster Early Warning, Complexity Science and Digital Democracy.

In addition, Patrick is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a lead contributor to the PeaceTXT project with PopTech and partners. He is also an accomplished speaker, having presented at many international conferences including the Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, PopTech, Where 2.0, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and several TEDx’s.

Professional Experience

  • International Network of Crisis Mappers, Co-Founder and Co-Director, 2009 – present
  • PeaceTXT, Consultant and Founding Member, 2010 – present
  • Standby Volunteer Task Force for Live Mapping, Co-Founder and Co-Director, 2010 – present
  • International Network of Crisis Mappers, Co-Founder and Co-Director, 2009 - present
  • Ushahidi, Director of Crisis Mapping and Strategic Partnerships, 2009 - 2012
  • Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Co-Director and Advisor, 2007 – 2009
  • Meta Activism Board, Advisory Board, 2009 –
  • Digital Activism, Director for Applied Research, 2008 – 2009

Professional Associations and Awards

Patrick served on the boards of DigiActive, Digital Democracy, Meta-Activism Project, and Ushahidi and is affiliated with the following:

  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • APSA Political Science Forecasting Group (co-founder)
  • Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
  • Radical Interpretations of Disasters and Radical Solutions (RADIX)
  • United Nations Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC)
  • UNICEF Humanitarian Innovations Fellow
  • Rockefeller Foundation and PopTech Fellow
  • Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Fellow
  • National Geographic Emerging Explorer
  • member of the Academy of Achievement

Education

  • Ph. D. in International Affairs at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 2012
  • Hewlett Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University, Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, 2011
  • M.A. in International Affairs and Conflict Prevention, Columbia University, 2004
  • B.A. (honors) in Political Science, Economics and Philosophy, University of York, School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy (UK), 2001
  • E.A.P. Political Science, Economics and Philosophy, University of California at Berkley, 2000

Selected Research

  • Patrick Meier:  Strengthening humanitarian information: the role of technology.   Chapter 3 or World Disasters Report 2013, an International Federation of Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies (ICRC), 2013.
  • Heinzelman, Jessica and Patrick Meier. 2012. Crowdsourcing for Human Rights Monitoring: Challenges and Opportunities for Verification. In Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use, ed. John Lannon. IGI Global, forthcoming.
  • Faris, David and Patrick Meier. 2012. Digital Activism in Authoritarian States. In Routledge Handbook of Participatory Cultures. Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Meier, Patrick. 2012. New Information Technologies and their Impact on the Humanitarian Sector. International Review of the Red Cross, 93(883), forthcoming.
  • Meier, Patrick. 2012. Crisis Mapping in Action: How Open Source Software and Global Volunteer Networks Are Changing the World One Map at a Time. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, 8 (2). Available online.
  • Meier, Patrick. 2012. The Role of Ushahidi as a Liberation Technology in Egypt and Beyond. In Liberation Technology, ed. Larry Diamond. Stanford University, forthcoming.
  • Heinzelman, J., Gordon, R. and P. Meier, 2011. “Mobile Technology, Crowdsourcingand Peace Mapping: New Theory and Applications for Conflict Management,” in Marta
  • Poblet (ed), Mobile technologies for conflict management: new avenues for online dispute resolution, Springer 2011 (forthcoming).
  • Lambert, N. and P. Meier, 2011. “Information and Communication Technology in Haitian Earthquake Relief: Organizational Experience,” in Information, Telecommunications and Social Networks in Haitian Relief (NDU Press, forthcoming).
  • Faris, D. and P. Meier, 2011. “Digital Activism in Authoritarian States,” in Routledge Handbook of Participatory Cultures (under review).

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