Francisca Sassetti is a Research Assistant at United Nations University Institute in Macau working on the Migrant Tech project. She is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she studied comparative politics and democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research interests include democracy and democratization, ICT4D, elections, human rights, African politics, and public opinion. Her masters dissertation looked at how new technologies can be used to improve vertical accountability in hybrid regimes. Francisca is passionate about IT and how it can be used to empower people, especially the most vulnerable. She has worked in software development, focused on front-end development to help create more responsive and intuitive software for students. She has also volunteered as a computer teacher in a rural community in Cambodia. In 2017, she was a volunteer for the United Nations Associations in the UK (UNA-UK), where she published an article about women asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. In 2015, Francisca won the award for Best Undergraduate Student from the University of Lisbon. After completing her time at UNU Institute in Macau, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. programme in international development.
Francisca holds a MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom, and a BSc in Political Science from the Institute of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.