Christopher Wilson is an applied researcher, methodological nerd, and technological optimist. He is currently completing his doctorate in media studies at the University of Oslo, where his research focuses on the institutional conditions that facilitate open government and digital civic engagement by government institutions. Wilson’s research mixes qualitative and quantitative methods, with a focus on the influence of norms and culture in established democracies.
Wilson is currently a visiting fellow at the Beeck Center and adjunct faculty at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He also provides strategic support on research design and organizational development for nonprofit organizations, including the Norwegian parliamentary monitoring organization HolderDeOrd and the HIVOS international program on transparency and accountability.
Prior to joining the University of Oslo in 2016, Wilson co-founded and spent six years growing The Engine Room, a civil society organization supporting the use of technology in advocacy. At The Engine Room, he led the organization’s applied research portfolio with a focus on cross-country comparisons, strategic analysis, and methodological innovation, and worked directly with small and large nonprofit organizations to develop appropriate tools and methodologies for collecting data and conducting research within advocacy contexts. He also led the organization’s work on data ethics.
Before co-founding The Engine Room, Wilson worked for six years as a communications officer in the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre, supporting civil society use of new technologies in governance assessments and coordinating convenings and trainings for the International Freedom of Exchange Network.