Mrs Maria Zuffova

Research Associate

Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

I am a PhD Candidate at the School of Government and Public Policy and a Research Associate at the School of Social Work and Social Policy. I completed an MA in Public Policy (2010) from Central European University in Budapest. Before starting my doctoral studies in 2015, I worked for a civil society organisation in Slovakia where I coordinated civic technology projects (equivalents of British FixMyStreet and WhatDoTheyKnow). My research interests lie broadly in the area of political and social impacts of new information and communication technologies, and government transparency, especially freedom of information and open data, and their use. 

Research interests

In my PhD thesis, I research what motivates governments to increase access to their data in open formats. I look at the implications this new digital transparency has for perceived and actual corruption and information rights. I explore how open data publication complements the information disclosed through freedom of information requests. I argue that these two transparency measures substantially differ in nature of the information they provide, and thus, also attract different users. My research combines both quantitative and qualitative methods.


Social Work and Social Policy
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