Katherine Reilly

Associate Professor

T: 778-782-8845
E: kreilly@sfu.ca
Room: K9682


  • Ph.D in Political Science, Comparative Development, University of Toronto
  • MPPA (Public Policy and Administration) focused on Developing Countries, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Hns. BES (Environmental Studies) with a double major in Economics, York University, Toronto

Currently Teaching


Future courses may be subject to change.


Selected Works

E. Morales & K. Reilly (2024). The Unhomed Data Subject: Negotiating Datafication in Latin America. Information, Communication & Society.

K. Reilly, G. Russell, M. Midakis, J. Park, R. Shaw, From Citizen Science to Citizen Speculation. (2024). In P. Ricuarte et al. (Eds.) Resisting Data Colonialism: Stories of Resistance.

A. Rivoir & K. Reilly (2023). Elder People and Personal Data: New Challenges in Health Platformization. Media and Communication Journal.

K. Reilly (2023). Heteromation, datafication and remediation: Platformization and participation in development. In A. Chowdhury, G. Gow & H. Hambly (Eds.) Digital Communication for Agricultural and Rural Development: Participatory Practices in a Post-Covid Age. Taylor and Francis. 

K. Reilly & M. J. Morales (2023). The challenge of addressing subjectivities through participatory action research on datafication. In M. Schafer & T. Lauriault (eds.) Making a Difference! Novel Research Methods in the Datafied Society, Amsterdam University Press.   

K. Reilly, M. Flores & E. Morales (2022). Interventions for Personal Data Literacy: Evaluating Appropriate Methods for the Latin American Context. ECREA Communication & Democracy

K. Reilly (2022). Son Mis Datos: Building Personal Data Literacies through Citizen Data AuditsACM Digital Library.

K. Reilly & E. Morales (2022). Citizen data audits in the Contemporary Sensorium. International Journal of Communication

K. Reilly (2021). Book Review: Advanced Introduction to Platform Economics. By Robin Mansell & W. Edward Steinmueller. UK/USA: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 164 pp.

K. Reilly. (2021). Platform Developmentalism: Leveraging platform innovation for national development in Latin AmericaInternet Policy Review: Journal on Internet Regulation 9(4), 29pp.

K. Reilly. (2020). The Challenge of Decolonizing Big Data through Citizen Data AuditsDatactive.

K. Reilly, B. Febres-Cordero, E. Morales, D. Albornoz, M. Morachimo, M. Flores. (2020).  Son Mis Datos: Guia Metodológica. [Its my Data: Methodological Guide.] Peru: HiperDerecho.

K. Reilly and J. Alperin. (2020). A Stewardship Approach to Theorizing Open Data for Development.  In C. Bentley, A. Chib & M. Smith (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Open Development: Empirical Interrogation of Theory Development. (pp 27-50).  MIT Press.

K. Reilly and A. Akinwumi.  (2020). Meal Kits: Micro-commodification in a box: Exploring the reorganization of the global food supply.  Bot Populi: Talking Digital Justice.

D. Albornoz, M. Flores & K. Reilly. (2019). Mapping invisible voices: building a community-based data justice model for urban data collection in informal human settlements of Lima.  Development Informatics Working Paper Series, The University of Manchester Global Development Institute, SEED.

K. Reilly and C. Muñoz Nieves. (2019). Data Power Structures in the Goods Sharing Sector in Vancouver, Canada.  Policy Frameworks for Digital Platforms - Moving from Openness to Inclusion. Bangalore: IT for Change.

J. de Beer, K. Reilly, D. Antonialli, and H. Galpaya. (2018). Urban Transport and the Sharing Economy.  In G. Granero Realini (ed.) Urban Transport in the Sharing Economy Era. (pp 16-30) Argentina: CIPPEC.

 L. Lozano Paredes and K. Reilly. (2018). Decent Work for Ride Hailing Workers in the Platform Economy in Cali, Colombia.  In G. Granero Realini (ed.) Urban Transport in the Sharing Economy Era.  (pp 92-127) Argentina: CIPPEC.

K. Reilly and C. Muñoz Nieves. (2018). Data and the Platform Economy in Canada: A Policy State-Of-Play ReportPolicy Frameworks for Digital Platforms - Moving from Openness to Inclusion. Bangalore: IT for Change.

K. Reilly. (2017). Communicative Sovereignty: Media and Cultural Policies of ALBA, UNASUR, and CELAC. In B. L. Artz (ed.) Pink Tide: Media Access and Political Power in Latin America. (pp 167-184) Rowman & Littlefield.

A. Hira and K. Reilly (Eds.) (2017). The Emergence of the Sharing Economy: Implications for Development.  Introduction to a special edition of the Journal of Developing Societies.  

K. Reilly. (2016). Communicative Sovereignty in Latin America: the case of Radio Mundo Real.  Journal of Alternative and Community Media, 1(1), 97-113. 

 K. Reilly and J. P. Alperin. (2016). Intermediation in Open Development: A Knowledge Stewardship Approach.  Special Issue on International Communication and Development. Global Media Journal, Canadian Edition, 9(1), 51-71.

K. Reilly and M. Belen Febres Cordero. (2015). Radio Mundo Real (2003-2013): el rol de la comunicación en resistencia en la cambiante coyuntura geopolítica de America Latina.  [Radio Real World (2003-2013): the role of communication in resistance in the changing Latin American geopolitical context.]  Uruguay: Radio Mundo Real.

 K. Reilly and R. McMahon. (2015). Quality of Openness: Evaluating the Contributions of IDRC’s Information and Networks Program to Open Development.  Ottawa: International Development Research Centre.

M. Smith and K. Reilly. (2014). Open Development: Networked Innovations in International Development. MIT Press.

K. Reilly. (2014). Media and Multilateralism in Latin America: How the International Matters to Domestic Media Reform. In C. Martens, E. Vivares & R. McChesney, (eds).  The International Political Economy of Communication: Media and Power in South America. Palgrave McMillan.

K. Reilly. (2014). Developmental Bodies and the Occupation of Time: Theorizing Gender Solidarity in Times of Global Power Shift. International Journal of Communication. Vol 7.

K. Reilly. (2012). Latin America: Is media reform enough? Media Development, 3-4.

K. Reilly (2011). Designing Research for the Emerging Field of Open Development. Information Technologies & International Development, 7(1), pp. 47-60.

K. Reilly. (2007). ICTs and Transnational Civil Society Networking in the Hurricane Basin. In Francis Pisani et al. (eds.) Transnational Networks in the Hurricane Basin: A Contribution to Interamerican Studies. (pp 193-223). Mexico: ITAM.

K. Reilly. (2004). Information Policy Regimes in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Canada. In J. Martinez, Public Citizen Information & State-Civil Society Relations. (pp 197-288) Costa Rica: Fundación Acceso/IDRC.

K. Reilly. (2003). E-government Strategies in Eight Countries in Latin America. In A. Dujisin (ed.) America Latína Puntogov. (pp 71-111). Chile: Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), 2003.

M. Surman and K. Reilly. (2003). Appropriating the Internet for Social Change: Towards the Strategic Use of Networked Technologies by Transitional Civil Society Organizations. Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC), December.



            I use partnership frameworks and action research to develop data literacy techniques that articulate citizen, community or group values towards private sector use of communal data assets, personal identities, cultural patrimony and the like.  I also study the policy regime for data and advocate for socially-oriented approaches to data regulation in the platform economy.  I call this Platform Developmentalism (in the vein of Castells and Himanen).  My goal is to encourage socially-oriented regulation that recognizes and prioritizes the community data values that are surfaced and articulated through data-oriented action research. This work is made up of three interlaced research agendas:

1.     Developing citizen data audits (CDAs) as a methodology for conducting community-based action research in the platform economy, and as a technique for advancing citizen data literacy.  CDAs emerge out of the subject access request provisions written into data privacy laws, however my early pilot work found that these provisions further enmesh citizens in dominant platform logics and data discourses.  So my goal is to develop audit logics and techniques that surface and mobilize the logics, values and capabilities of non-state and non-corporate actors as a basis for critical evaluations of corporate data use.  See The Challenge of Decolonizing Big Data through Citizen Data Audits for more details.

2.     Studying the political economy of data in the platform economy, which I approach by examining the data-driven business models and data policy frameworks that make up the dominant data regime in a particular context or jurisdiction.  My work has documented the data regime in Canada and Peru, and I am currently conducting larger analysis of the Latin American data regime.  I have also articulated the concept of Platform Developmentalism and positioned it as a research framework for studying digital policy.

3.     Theorizing data as a contextualized phenomenon that is shaped by both the data values of specific groups, and valuations of data within the platform economy.  Here I am inspired by the groundbreaking work of indigenous data theorists, such as Tahu Kukutai of Te Mana Raraunga, the Mauri Data Sovereignty Network, who have articulated community perspectives on data as a cultural expression, as a transactional necessity within colonial settler relations, and as a sovereign resource under threat of extractivism.  I am also inspired by Jean Kilbourne’s deconstruction of patriarchal discourses in the media in relation to recent work on data feminism by Catherine D’Ignazio.

            My current SSHRC-IDRC funded Partnership Development Grant involves 6 digital rights organizations in 6 countries in Latin America.  They are working with women who buy reproductive products from pharmacies in Peru; Rapi drivers who are seeking access to account data in Colombia; migrants who seek access banking services in Chile; retired people accessing telehealth in Uruguay; and youth accessing pharmacy services in Paraguay.  The goal is to leverage the values identified by each group to conduct audits of corporate actors in each country, and then to theorize these findings in terms of grounded theorization of local data values given the dominant data regime in each country.