Raul Roman

Raul Roman, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer
International Development

Background and Education

Raul is the co-founder of UBELONG, an innovative social venture that makes international volunteer service accessible to people of all backgrounds. Through his work at UBELONG, Raul helps empower hundreds of people to get involved in international development work across a broad range of practice areas.  For almost 15 years, Raul served as a research and strategy consultant to major corporations, governments, top international organizations, grassroots nonprofits and universities on projects in more than 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, mostly focusing on agriculture and rural development, governance and telecommunications. He is a specialist in research methods and evaluation approaches in developing country contexts.  Raul earned MS and PhD degrees in Communication and International Development at Cornell University.  After graduating from Cornell, he held research and teaching positions at the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington, Seattle, and at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. An adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS since 2008, Raul teaches Practical Research Methods.


Fall 2017 
Covers a range ...
Covers a range of practical tools for development-related information gathering, including for project planning, design and evaluation. Grounded in survey and interview skills, also reviews participatory approaches, rapid appraisal, action research and many other techniques. Gives special attention to methods suitable for low budgets, limited time and nonprofessional management staff. Makes extensive use of real-world cases. Includes a team-based practicum in Washington.
Spring 2018 
Covers a range ...
Covers a range of practical tools for development-related information gathering, including for project planning, design and evaluation. Grounded in survey and interview skills, also reviews participatory approaches, rapid appraisal, action research and many other techniques. Gives special attention to methods suitable for low budgets, limited time and nonprofessional management staff. Makes extensive use of real-world cases. Includes a team-based practicum in Washington.