Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)
Research Interests : Globalization, Late Industrialization and Regional Economic Development; Technological Change and Innovation Policy; Information and Communication Technologies for Development; The State, Firms, and State-society relationships; Urbanism and Urbanization
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..