Dr Alexander Borda-Rodriguez

Research Fellow

Alexander Borda-Rodriguez is a Research Fellow in the Strategic Research Area in International Development and Inclusive Development. He holds an MA in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in International Development from The Open University (OU). Before joining the OU, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation in Ecuador. He also worked as a research fellow and lecturer in the area of international development at Dalhousie University (Canada), Universidad Católica de Cuenca (Ecuador) and Universidad Mayor de San Simon (Bolivia). He held a visiting fellowship at the International Development Studies Programme at Saint Mary’s University (Canada), over the years he has conducted extensive fieldwork and collaborative research work in Malawi, Peru, Ecuador, Canada, Bolivia and the UK.

Alexander is a member of international editorial board of OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology and Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine. He has also setup and leads the interdisciplinary research group ITOESS  at the Universidad Católica de Cuenca (Ecuador), ITOESS is an interdisciplinary group that draws on international development and systems engineering, it explores the development and application of inclusive technologies and the role of ICTs in the context of social enterprises in Ecuador. 

Alexander’s research interests are in the area of politics of inclusive development and innovation in the Global South. Over the last four years his research has been focused on inclusive organisational structures such as social enterprises (i.e. co-operatives and associations) and inclusive innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. His previous work explored the politics of knowledge for development and development aid in low income countries.


Alexander has taught both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At the OU he taught the postgraduate module Development Context and Practice (T877) and currently teaches a module on inclusive development at the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership. He has also co-written case study material for distance learning teaching, which can be found on the Open Educational Resources website. This material is available to everyone interested in rural co-operative resilience in developing countries.

He welcomes PhD proposals in the area of inclusive development, particularly in relation to social enterprises, organisational resilience in developing countries and the politics of inclusive innovation. Alexander is currently co-supervising the following PhD students:

  • Chris Willman, ‘Children’s Contribution to Child Labour in Bolivia’ (with Prof. Helen Yanacopulos and Dr. Agnes Czajka)
  • Carlos Encalada ‘Inclusive ICTs in the context of Social and Solidarity Economy organisations, the case of Ecuador’ (with Dr. Claudia Pons and Dr. Leandro Antonelli), National University of La Plata (Argentina).

ESRC Bioenergy

Knowledge Production for Sustainable Bioenergy: An analysis of UK decision processes and priorities

Main research question:   In what ways do discourses, practices and interests of technoscientific knowledge influence national research priorities for sustainable bioenergy from a wider range of options?

Objectives include:

1.       To identify the ...

Social and solidarity economy: policies & innovation in social enterprises in Ecuador

This project focuses on Ecuador and Latin America more broadly. The research project seeks to explore how Social and Solidarity Economy organisations are able to develop technological and social innovations while promoting inclusive values within communities. The project will also explore the extent to which social enterprises are able to reduce poverty by engaging with vulnerable populations

Understanding rural co-operative resilience

The research project explores whether and in what ways co-operatives are resilient social and economic organisations. By investigating the distinctive nature of the co-operative model, the project aims to provide insights on limiting and enabling factors that might be required for the development of resilience at the level of co-operatives.

The project focuses on Malawi where co-operati...

Blogpost: ‘Good will’: a tale of two countries by A.Borda-Rodriguez

In this blog Alexander Borda Rodriguez reflects on the concept of 'good will' emerging from recent fieldwork and data collected in 2008.

Dr Alexander Borda-Rodriguez

Development Policy and Practice
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

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