Stephanie Arnold

Visiting PhD Researcher

Stephanie Arnold is a visiting PhD student at the Centre for Digitalization, Democracy and Innovation of the Brussels School of Governance. She currently pursues her PhD degree in Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna (Italy) where she focuses on the role of foreign players in the digital transition of Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2022, she was selected to join the Europaeum Scholars Programme, a two-year policy and leadership course for PhD students coordinated by the University of Oxford. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained a 5-year master’s degree in law from the University of Bologna (2019).

Her research interests focus on ICT for Development (ICT4D), digital governance in developing countries, and the interplay between Africa, China and the European Union in the field of digital development. Stephanie likes interdisciplinary approaches and applies innovative methodologies including geospatial analyses and text analyses to shed light on current geopolitical phenomena.