Transnational Informality and HCI

Developments in technologies and transportation are facilitating and sustaining transnational networks around the world that circumvent the closed borders of nation states. These emergent networks benefit from leveraging the ‘differentials of advantage’ that are a consequence of these borders, and allow migrant communities to benefit socially and economically. This project looks to understand the social and technical infrastructures that shape these networks, along with studying their interaction with new and old technologies.

Works in Progress:

  1. Informality, immigration, and politics in the context of Iranian immigrants (Under Review)
  2. Studying the underlying technical infrastructure of immigrant populations
Priyank Chandra
Postdoctoral Fellow

I study design and informality focusing on communities who live on the margins.