Elizabeth Hoffecker

Research Scientist, Local Innovation and Development


Contact: ehm@mit.edu

Elizabeth leads MIT D-Lab’s Local Innovation Group, which investigates how innovation happens in community-based contexts and the role that local innovation plays in sustainable development. From 2013 to 2017, she led the research program for the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), a multi-university consortium led by MIT D-Lab and funded through a five-year agreement with USAID. She is a co-founder of the Lean Research initiative and designed and teaches D-Lab’s first graduate class, D-Lab: Field Research-Understanding Development Impact. Elizabeth holds a Masters degree from the International Development Group in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Prior to joining D-Lab in 2012, she worked for ten years in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector as a consultant and strategist.

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