Dr. Nama R. Budhathoki earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. For the doctoral dissertation, he studied the phenomenon of crowdsourcing, taking the case of www.OpenStreetMap.org. After the completion of his doctoral study, he worked at McGill University for a year as post-doctoral research fellow. He then returned to Nepal and worked as the Director of Program at Niti Foundation—a policy research and funding institution—for a year. Currently, he works as an independent researcher with focus in Nepal. His interest and expertise lie at the intersection of crowdsourcing, collective action and civic engagement. He is particularly interested in understanding how citizens’ access to social and mobile media transforms their lives and what implications it brings to democracy, governance and development.
Dr. Budhathoki worked for about eight years in public sector in Nepal before commencing his doctoral study. During those years, he worked actively to introduce information and communication technologies in Nepal’s land administration and contributed to make land related services more transparent and accessible to public.
Dr. Budhathoki has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at University of Illinois and McGill University. He has authored more than a dozen refereed papers and book chapters, and is currently co- editing a book tentatively titled "Youth Community Informatics: Engaging Youth in Community Building and Personal Growth". Dr. Budhathoki has presented his works and organized sessions at international conferences. His past works have mainly been funded by US Federal Government, Canadian government, Dutch government, and Yahoo!.