Who I Am:
I am a 5th 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.
What Do I Do:
As an ICTD/HCI researcher, my research - both qualitative and quantitative - primarily focuses on technology appropriation in the Global South. My work is at the intersection of HCI, institutional analysis, and development studies.
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. & Pal, J. (2018) Twitter Adoption, Self-Presentation and Party Politics in India. CeDEM Asia 2018: Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Asia 2018.
- Gonawela, A., Pal, J., Thawani, U., Vlugt, V.V., Out, W., & Chandra, P. (2018) Attack or Insult: Populist Style and Antagonistic Messaging on Twitter of Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Nigel Farage, and Geert Wilders. In Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW) (2018). Springer.
- Chakraborty, S., Pal, J., Chandra, P., & Romero, D. (2018). Political Tweets and Mainstream News Impact in India: A Mixed Methods Investigation into Political Outreach. 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS 2018)
- Pal, J., Chandra, P., et al. (2018). Digital payment and its discontents: Street shops and the Indian government’s push for cashless transactions, In Proceedings of the 2018 SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems .link
- Pal, J., Chandra, P., et al. (2017). Innuendo as Outreach: @narendramodi and the Use of Political Irony on Twitter. International Journal of Communication, 11, 22. Chicago. link
- Chandra, P. (2017). Informality and Invisibility – Traditional Technologies as Tools for Collaboration in an Informal Market, In Proceedings of the 2017 SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems (pp. 4765-4775). link
- Chandra, P., Ahmed, S.I., Pal, J. (2017). Market Practices and the Bazaar: Technology Consumption in Urban ICT Markets in the Global South, In Proceedings of the 2017 SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems (pp. 4741-4752). link
- Pal, J., Viswanathan, A., Chandra, P., et al. (2017). Choosing to adapt: Agency in technology adoption for mobile smartphone users in Bangalore, India, In Proceedings of the 2017 SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems (pp. 5929-5940). link
- Pal, J., Chandra, P., et al. (2016) An Accessibility Infrastructure for the Global South, in Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. 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
- Kameswarana, V., Marathe, M., & Chandra, P. (2018). Redefining the Landmark - Designing Navigation Tools for the Visually Impaired, at HCIxB, CHI 2018, Canada
- You, S. and Chandra, P. (2018). Integrating Autonomous Vehicles into Everyday Life : From Theory to Practice, at the Conference on Autonomous vehicles in society: Building a research agenda, USA
- Kameswarana, V., Marathe, M., Chandra, P., et al. (2017). Usability in the field: Reflections from an HCI4D project in rural West Bengal, at HCIxB, CHI 2017, USA
- 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