I am a 4th year doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I hold a MS in Economics and a BE in Electronics Engineering with prior experience in education research and data analytics. I work at the intersection of development studies and technology and am advised by Prof. Joyojeet Pal.
Amongst other stuff, I love the following in no specific order - science, computer games, Doctor Who, mythology, cataloguing music, Carl Sagan, evolution, technology, dragons, Wong Kar-Wai, football, and Douglas Adams.
As an ICTD/HCI researcher, my research - both qualitative and quantitative - primarily focuses on technology appropriation in the Global South.
I look at the role of informality in the adoption, consumption, and reproduction of technology. To this end, a major strand of my research explores the informal technology markets that dot urban landscapes across the world. Through ethnographic observations and interviews, I investigate how such informal market infrastructures play an important role in allowing low and middle income communities access to technology goods and services.
A related strand of research maps the software piracy supply ecosystem - from understanding the institutions that support the warez scene where software is initially cracked to parsing the motivations of vendors who sell these softwares to consumers.
A final strand of research looks at the adoption and use of social media by politicians in the Global South with a focus on how social media relates to discourses of development.
- Chandra, P. (2017). Informality and Invisibility – Traditional Technologies as Tools for Collaboration in an Informal Market, at CHI 2017 (upcoming)
- Chandra, P., Ahmed, S.I., Pal, J. (2017). Market Practices and the Bazaar: Technology Consumption in Urban ICT Markets in the Global South, at CHI 2017 (upcoming)
- Pal, J., Viswanathan, A., Chandra, P., et al. (2017). Choosing to adapt: Agency in technology adoption for mobile smartphone users in Bangalore, India, at CHI 2017 (upcoming)
- Pal, J., Chandra, P., et al. (2016) An Accessibility Infrastructure for the Global South, at ICTD 2016, Ann Arbor. link
- Chandra, P. (2016). Order in the Warez, Scene: Explaining an Underground Virtual Community with the CPR Framework. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 372-383). ACM. link
- Pal, J., Chandra, P., & Vydiswaran, V. V. (2016). Twitter and the Rebranding of Narendra Modi. Economic & Political Weekly, 51(8), 53. link
- Pal, J., Youngman, M., O’Neill, T., Chandra, P., & Semushi, C. (2015). Gender and accessibility in Rwanda and Malawi. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (p. 5). ACM. link
Peer-reviewed Notes and Workshops
- Marathe, M., Chandra, P., et al. (2016) In search of missing pieces: A re-examination of trends in ICTD research, at ICTD 2016, Ann Arbor. link
- Chandra, P. (2016). Across the Borders of Legality: Leveraging Pirate Infrastructures, at HCI4D Across Borders, CHI 2016, USA
- Chandra, P., & Jones, J. (2015). Assistive technologies and autonomy in a cyborg world. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (p. 31). ACM. link
- Email id: prch(at)umich(dot)edu