Bidisha Chaudhuri


Bidisha has completed her PhD from the South Asia Institute at the Heidelberg University, Germany in 2012. The title of her doctoral thesis was ‘Hybridising (e) Governance in India: The Interplay of Politics, Technology and Culture’. She received an M.A in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and a Joint European Masters in Global Studies from University of Leipzig (Germany) and Vienna University (Austria). She has worked in research institutions and developmental organisations in India and abroad. Her research interests include governance, gender and development, ICT for development, policy reform and South Asian politics. Her PhD thesis has recently been published by Routledge, London, under the title E-Governance in India: Interlocking Politics, Technology and Culture. More..

Prof Preeti

Preeti Mudliar

Preeti specializes in qualitative and ethnographic methods and analyses to study people and their social contexts around technology use. Her research approach combines the rigors of field immersion with observation and interview techniques to reveal insights about technologies and social media use and practices. She has a Master’s degree in Communication Studies and Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Pune and a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Texas, Austin. More..

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Prof. Balaji

Balaji Parthasarathy

He is Professor and Dean (Faculty), and his research and teaching interests broadly focuses on the relationship between technological innovation, economic globalization, and social change. Within this broad focus, his work follows two threads. One thread examines the impacts of public policy and firm strategies on the organization of production in the ICT industry. Another thread deals with “ICTs for Development,” or ICTD. Here his interests lie in understanding how ICTs are being deployed in various domains of activity to transform social relationships, especially in economically underprivileged contexts. Balaji has a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. More..

Prof. Rajagopalan

S. Rajagopalan

A Professor at IIIT Bangalore, he has extensive experience of working with technology and innovation systems within and outside government organizations. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology from 1982 to 1993 and was involved in managing innovations that addressed the problems of Karnataka. In 1993 he along with a few colleagues founded Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE) a not-for-profit development society which focused on developing and disseminating technologies that are economically attractive, environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable in rural areas of Karnataka. He was its Chairman till 2007. For his work in TIDE, he was awarded the Ashoka Fellow (1994), Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar (1999), one of the four finalists of Social Entrepreneur of India award (2006) and one of the 50 pioneers of India chosen by India Today Magazine (2008). TIDE was awarded the International Green Oscar, the Ashden Award in 2008. His areas of interest include innovation dissemination, economics of innovations, Geographical Information systems, and Economics of Information Technologies. Prof. Rajagopalan has a bachelor’s degree in technology from IIT Delhi, master’s degree in business administration from IIM Bangalore and a PhD from IIT Kanpur. More..


Usha Vyasulu Reddy


Dr. Usha Vyasulu Reddy is an Advisor at the Centre for IT and Public Policy. She is a former Professor and Director, Centre for Human Development, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, and former Director, The Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia, New Delhi. Earlier, she was Professor of Communication and Director, Audio Visual Research Centre, Osmania University.

With more than 35 years of experience in teaching, production and research and practice in development, communication and technology, Dr. Reddy has been involved with national and international agencies in the deployment of communication and information technologies for education and development. Widely published with more than 50 international publications in books and refereed journals, she is a recipient of several international fellowships for advanced research. She has also undertaken extensive consultancies for multilateral donor agencies in India and the Asia-Pacific region. These agencies include UNESCO, FAO, EU, AMIC, ESCAP, IDRC, and COL. Her current work involves training, research and consultancy at all levels of government, academia, private sector, and civil society. She is a specialist trainer for government officials and academics in nearly 50 countries across the Asia-Pacific, South East Asia and CIS regions.

Prof. Sridhar

V. Sridhar


He works in the area of telecommunications technology, management and policy. He has published many peer-reviewed articles in leading telecom and information systems journals. His book titled The Telecom Revolution in India: Technology, Regulation and Policy was published by the Oxford University Press India (2012). He has co-authored a recent book titled The Dynamics of Spectrum Management: Legacy, Technology, and Economics, published by the Oxford University Press (2014). He has taught at Ohio University and American University in the U.S.; visiting scholar at Aalto University, Finland and University of Auckland, New Zealand; and was in the faculty of IIM Lucknow and Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India. Prior to joining IIIT-B, he was a Research Fellow at Sasken Communication Technologies, Bangalore, India. He has been a member of Government of India committees on spectrum allocation and pricing. Prof. Sridhar has a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, U.S.A.; PGDIE from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India and Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

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Prof. Janaki

Janaki Srinivasan


Janaki’s research is focused on the political economy of information-based development initiatives. Her research interests include the political economy of development, social theory, critical information studies, ICTD, and qualitative research methods. Janaki has a Ph.D. in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley and masters degrees in Physics and in Information Technology from IIT Delhi and IIIT Bangalore. More..

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