Emerging Leaders

Balaji Parthasarathy


International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore

Balaji Parthasarathy is ICICI Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. Balaji's research and teaching interests broadly focus on the relationship between technological innovation, economic globalization, and social change. Within this broad focus, his work follows two threads. One thread examines the impact of public policy and firm strategies on the international division of labour and the organization of production in the ICT (information and communications technology) industry. Another thread deals with ICTs for Development, or ICTD.

Here his interests lie in understanding how the design and deployment of ICTs, in various domains of activity, such as governance, are being used to transform social relationships, especially in underprivileged contexts. Balaji holds a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Research working title:

Reversing the flow of ideas?
From local technologies for the marginalised to new forms of global governance