Sanna Ojanperä

Sanna Ojanpera


Sanna Ojanperä is a Research Assistant on Fairwork’s ‘TVET and New Work in the Indian platform economy’ project.

She is also a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and at The Alan Turing Institute, which funds her doctoral research, and where she co-convenes the Data and Inequality Interest Group. Sanna is additionally a visiting researcher at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London. Her doctoral research investigates the relationship between accessing work through online platforms and skill development. She is also very interested in the applications of big data in international development and a member of the Digital Inequality Group.

Her recent publications include ‘Digital Knowledge Economy Index: Mapping Content Production’; ‘Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future(s) of Work’; and ‘The Geography of Engagement in the Knowledge Economy: Regional Patterns of Content Creation’. You can find a full list of Sanna’s publications here.

Before commencing her doctoral studies Sanna worked as the quantitative research lead in an ERC-funded GeoNet project which studied how new economic practices and processes are taking root in Sub-Saharan Africa as a result of changing connectivities. Before joining the OII, she worked with the Digital Engagement team of the World Bank Governance Global Practice and the Inter-American Development Bank’s Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness Unit. Sanna earned a Master’s Degree from American University’s School of International Service (Washington, DC) in 2013. At SIS she studied international development, governance, and quantitative research methods as an ASLA-Fulbright Fellow.

Within the Fairwork project, Sanna is in charge of the quantitative analysis for the TVET and New Work in the Indian Platform Economy project, which focuses on the intersection of digital labour platforms, skills development, and development cooperation. In this role she analyses survey data on platform workers in India and helps with the day-to-day administration of the project.