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CITAPP invites applications for RESEARCH ASSOCIATE positions for its project titled “National Digital IDs, efficiency and/or inclusion: a democratic dilemma”

About the Project

Legal identification for all is listed as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as it will help hitherto excluded populations to be included in mainstay of state and economy (United Nations). Even before the announcement of SDGs in 2015, many developing countries have taken to large scale ID projects for public service delivery as part of their development policy (Gelb and Clarke 2013). However, not all of these efforts of legal identification are considered to be adequate and appropriate for achieving the inclusive development as defined by SDGs. We concur with the above assumption that identity issues are complex for two reasons; a) the problem statement around digital ID systems are far from being defined and agreed upon by different actors/communities and b) there is a gap between the fragmented cultural and political system of multiple identities and the rational-legal system of unitary identities. With this understanding of the complexity, we set out to conduct a long-term, multi-sited study of Aadhaar, which is often hailed as a success story of digital ID systems. The objective of our study is to unravel to what extent Aadhaar’s claim of inclusiveness fares well on the ground and what are its overall implications for Indian democracy.

About the Position

This is a full time research position which requires desk research, extensive fieldwork across India and also academic writing. The applicant should be familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research methods with expertise in at least one. The applicant should be committed to inter-disciplinary research, and should have expertise that includes, but is not limited to, information economics, political-economy of the information communication technology, ICTs for development, including e-governance and other policy domains. Besides assisting on research projects, research associates are also encouraged to assist faculty in teaching and student supervision.

Applicants with a consistently excellent academic record, who have either a Master’s degree in social sciences (or, an equivalent degree in science/technology), or, will do so shortly, are welcome to apply. IIIT-B provides an attractive intellectual environment and a compensation package to match the best academic institutions in the country. The initial contract will be for one year with possibility of extension on mutually agreed terms.

How to Apply

Interested candidates may please apply with their latest CV and a Statement of Purpose to citapp@iiitb.ac.in . Open Call .