Co-Lead, Research Theme 4: Reconnecting the Disconnected: New Channels of Voice and Representation
Institute for Development Studies (IDS)

I am a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).I completed an MA in Globalisation, Business and Development at IDS four years ago and have been working with the digital and technology cluster ever since. I work on projects covering various topics related to digital technology and development including automation and the future of work, the potential impacts of frontier technologies for Development, helping several donor agencies think through their digital strategies and use of digital technologies, the use of Technology for Transparency and Accountability (T4TA), the use of Real Time Data for decision making in the development sector. Some of the emerging technologies I have focused on include: blockchain, 3D Printing, big data, drones, airships, internet of things, solar batteries, and more.

Research interests
  • Digital Inequalities
  • Sustainable Development
  • Political economy of automation
Research articles

Roberts, T. and Hernandez, K. (2019) ‘Digital Access is not Binary: The 5’A’s of Technology Access in the Philippines’, The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries 0.0: e12084,

Working papers

Faith, B.; Hernandez, K.; and Ramalingam, B. (2017) ‘Background paper for the Digital Development Summit 2017 on the Future of Work, IDS Evidence Report 207

Policy publications

Hernandez, K.; Roberts, T. (2019) Leaving No One Behind in a Digital World: An extended literature review. K4D emerging issues report

Hernandez, K.; Faith, B.; Prieto Martin, P. and Ramalingam, B. (2016) ‘The Impact of Digital Technology on Economic Growth and Productivity, and its Implications for Employment and Equality: An Evidence Review’, IDS Evidence Report 207

Hernandez, K. (2017) Blockchain for Development – Hope or Hype? IDS Rapid Response Briefing 17, IDS

Ramalingam, R. and Hernandez, K. (2016) ‘The Multiple Forms of Digital Inequality’, 2016 World Social Science Report: Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World