Bidisha Chaudhuri

Assistant Professor

Email: Bidisha@iiitb.ac.in

Education

  • Ph.D. (Universit├Ąt Heidelberg)

Bidisha Chaudhuri is an Assistant Professor in the domain of IT and Society. She received her PhD from South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University, Germany. She completed an M.A in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and a Joint European Masters in Global Studies from University of Leipzig (Germany) and Vienna University (Austria). She has worked in research institutions and developmental organisations in India and abroad. Prior to joining IIITB, she worked as a Postdoctoral Resaerch Associate at ISEC, Bangalore. Her current research projects include, information systems for sustaible development, conversational agents in everyday practices, politics of alogorithms, gender and ICTs, political economy of digital identity and sociology of work and automation. 

Research Interests

  • e-Governance, Gender and ICTs, Digital Identity, Social Studies of Science and Technology, Sociology of Work and Automation, Learning and Identity, Public Policy, South Asian politics, ICTs for Development (ICTD)

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

  • 2016: Book : König, Lion, and Bidisha Chaudhuri, eds. Politics of the'other'in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-western Contexts. Routledge, 
  • 2014: Book: Chaudhuri, Bidisha. E-governance in India: interlocking politics, technology and culture. Routledge, 2014.
  • 2016 Book Chapter: Chaudhuri, Bidisha. "Politics of ‘good governance’:‘Otherising’governance in India." In Politics of the'Other'in India and China, pp. 113-126. Routledge.
  • 2015: Book Chapter: Chaudhuri, Bidisha. “Public-Private Partnership in E-Governance: A Democratic Dilemma” in Democracy and Good Governance: Reinventing the Public Service Delivery System in India edited by Rumki Basu et al. New Delhi: Bloomsbury India 

Peer-reviewed Journals/Conference Proceedings

  • Forthcoming: Chaudhuri, Bidisha.  Paradoxes of Intermediation in Aadhaar: Human Making of a Digital Infrastructure in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

  • 2019: Chaudhuri, Bidisha and Linus Kendall. The Ins and Outs of Participation in a Weather Information System. In International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, pp. 3-14. Springer, Cham, 2019, Doi: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-18400-1_1 

  • 2019: Prakash, Amit, Anjali Karol Mohan, and Bidisha Chaudhuri. "What Do Citizens Value in E-overnance?." Economic & Political Weekly 54, no. 10: 41.

  • 2018: Neerukonda, Mounika, and Bidisha Chaudhuri. "Are Technologies (Gender)-Neutral?: Politics and Policies of Digital Technologies." ASCI Journal of Management 47(1): 32–44 

  • 2017: Chaudhuri, Bidisha, Linus Kendall, Janaki Srinivasan, Onkar Hoysala, and Purnabha Dasgupta. "Understanding capabilities through everyday practice: The case of a weather information system for farmers in West Bengal." In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, p. 18. ACM, 2017.(DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3136560.3136578) 

  • 2017: Chaudhuri, Bidisha, and Lion König. "The Aadhaar scheme: a cornerstone of a new citizenship regime in India?." Contemporary South Asia 26, no. 2 (2018): 127-142.(DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2017.1369934) 

  • 2017: Chaudhuri, Bidisha, Purnabha Dasgupta, Onkar Hoysala, Linus Kendall, and Janaki Srinivasan. "Actor-networks and “practices” of development: impact of a weather information system in West Bengal." In International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, pp. 809-815. Springer, Cham, 2017. (DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_66) 

  • 2012: Chaudhuri, Bidisha, and Lion König. "Discourses of Transculturality: Ideas, Institutions and Practices in India and China." (2012). A Special Issue in Heidelberg Papers in South Asia and Comparative Politics, No. 67, April 2012, https://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/volltextserver/13356/1/Heidelberg_Papers_67_ChaudhuriKoenig.pdf 

Book Reviews

  • Forthcoming: Chaudhuri, Bidisha.  "Of Computers and Careers: Performing Gender as Women Technologists". Review of "Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost its Edge in Computing" by Marie Hicks, MIT Press, 2017 in Feminist Review
  • 2014: Chaudhuri, Bidisha. Review of "Global Modernity, Development, and Contemporary Civilization: Towards a Renewal of Critical Theory" by Jose Mauricio Domingues. New York: Routledge2013 in Millennial Asia, 5(2) 239–254
  • 2012: Chaudhuri, Bidisha. Review of "Unlocking e-government potential: concepts, cases and practical insights."  by Subhash Bhatnagar.  SAGE Publications India, 2009 in Contemporary South Asia, 20(2): 273-274.

Teaching

Teaching at IIITB

Graduate Course: Technology and Society (Fall Term: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Graduate Course: Digital Sociology (Spring Term: 2019)

Graduate Seminar: Social Theory I & II (Fall Term: 2014, 2016, 2018) (SpringTerm: 2015)

Graduate Seminar: Sociology of Cognition and Communication (Spring Term and Fall Term 2018)

Graduate Seminar: Gender and ICT (Fall Term: 2018)

Graduate Seminar: Social History of Automation and Work (Spring Term 2019)

Undergraduate course: A History of Ideas (Fall Term:2014, Spring Term: 2016, 2018, 2019): 

Past Teaching

Graduate Course: Governance, Politics and Development-Conceptual and Theoretical Discourse (1 Module) at ISEC Bangalore, 2013

Certificate Course: Methods and Applications in Social Science Research, ISEC, Bangalore, 2013

Graduate Seminar: Recent Trends in Governance Reform in India (Summer Term) at South Asia Institte, Heidelberg University, 2012

Supervision

Thesis Supervision:

Current: PhD -1 MS by Research - 2, MSc/MTech/iMTech -2 

Past: MS by Research - 1, MTech -1

Projects/Internship Supervision:

2019: (May-July): Graduate Student Project: Women and Wellfare post Aadhaar

2019: (May-July):Graduate Student Intern(from National Law Institute University, Bhopal): Women, Migration and Digital Identity 

2018: (March- September): Graduate Student Project: Everyday Usage of voice user interfaces among diverse population in urban India

2018: (May - September): Supervision of Graduate Student Intern (from Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore), Data Practices and Innovation Ecosystem in Bangalore Start-ups

 


Research & Consulting

Ongoing Projects

  • February- July 2019. PI: Creative Communication to Promote Resilient Agricultural Practice, in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, UK, funded by Research England
  • September 2018 – August 2023: PI: Humanising Automation, project supported by the MINRO (Machine Intelligence and Robotics) Centre at IIITB, funded by the Government of Karnataka.
  • September 2018 – August 2023: Co-PI: Data and Algorithmic Fairness in Public Policies and Services, project supported under the MINRO (Machine Intelligence and Robotics) project supported by the MINRO (Machine Intelligence and Robotics) Centre at IIITB, funded by the Government of Karnataka.
  • April 2018- January 2020: PI: Women, Aadhaar and Exclusion under Research Fellowship at Digital Identity Research Initiative (DIRI) funded by Omidyar Network and administered by Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad.
  • August 2018 - January 2021: PI: National Digital IDs, Efficiency and/or Inclusion: A Democratic Dilemma supported by the MOSIP (Modular Open Source Identity Platform) Programme at IIITB

Past Projects

  • December 2018-January 2019: Regional Brief on Aritificial Intelligence in India, Consultancy project with Dovetail Labs, USA
  • March 2017- May 2018: Co-PI: India Chapter of Inclusive Economies project in collaboration with University of California Santa Cruz, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • July 2015- March 2017: Co-PI: Open and/or Apolitical? –A Critical Re-examination of Open Information Systems under Research Programme Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance (SIRCA) III funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and administered by Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC)
  • September 2013- Feb 2014: Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed National eGovernance Academy funded by The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India
  • March 2014-March 2015: Co-PI: Evaluation of the KAVERI project of the Department of Stamps and Registration (DS&R), Government of Karnataka funded by Centre for IT & Public Policy, IIIT Bangalore
  • May-June 2009: Evaluation Report (Co-authored): Rapid Assessment Study of the Impact of the Financial and Economic Slowdown on the Handicrafts Industry in Sanganer, Rajasthan by Institute of Social Studies Trust funded by International Labour Organization (ILO), New Delhi
  • April 2004 – October 2005: Project Report (Co-authored): Developing Indian Perspectives on Feminist Theory and Methodology by Womens’ Studies and Development Centre, A Joint Research by 6 Women’s Studies Centres funded by Department of Women and Child Development Ministry of Human Resource Development Government of India


other Information

Selected Conference/Workshops/ Invited Talks

  • 2019: “Examining the Foundational versus Functional ID Debate” Paper presented (with Syed Mohammed Faisal) at Workshop FUTUREID3 : Identification in the era of Automated Decision Making, Jesus College, Cambridge, U.K. March 19-20
  • 2019: Invited Talk “Intelligent personal assistants as performative social agents: A dramaturgical analysis of human-machine interactions” at 1st RBCDSAI Web Science Symposium at The Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI ( RBCDSAI) at IIT Madras, February 25-26
  • 2019: Invited Talk “Intelligent personal assistants as performative social agents: A dramaturgical analysis of human-machine interactions” (with Dipanjan Saha) at Workshop on Web Science for Development (WS4D), IIIT Bangalore, February 27
  • 2019: “Technology as situated practice: voice user interfaces in everyday lives of diverse groups of urban users in India” (with Linus Kendall and Apoorva Bhalla), Paper presented at the Workshop on Being (more) Human in a Digitised World Management Centre for Human Values, IIM Calcutta (MCHV) & Association for Information Systems – India Chapter (INAIS), February 1-2 at IIM Calcutta
  • 2019: “Technology, Gender and Exclusion: Aadhaar and Welfare in India” Paper presented at the Workshop on Being (more) Human in a Digitised World Management Centre for Human Values, IIM Calcutta (MCHV) & Association for Information Systems – India Chapter (INAIS), February 1-2 at IIM Calcutta
  • 2019: Invited Speaker for a Panel Discussion on  Doing Ethnography On Technology-Related Social Phenomena: Field Surprises and Challenges in Data Collection at the Workshop on Being (more) Human in a Digitised World Management Centre for Human Values, IIM Calcutta (MCHV) & Association for Information Systems – India Chapter (INAIS), February 1-2 at IIM Calcutta
  • 2019: Open Session: “Beyond IVR: Voice-User Interfaces for Emerging Smartphone Users” at ICTDX: The Tenth International Conference On Information And Communication Technologies And Development, January 4-7 2019 @ Indian Institute Of Management Ahmedabad, India
  • 2019: Open Session: “Do Digital Identity Systems Have a Theory of Inclusion?” at ICTDX: The Tenth International Conference On Information And Communication Technologies And Development, January 4-7 2019 @ Indian Institute Of Management Ahmedabad, India
  • 2018: Panel Organizer: “Artificial Intelligence and Cognition as Social Praxis” (with Sachit Rao and Janaki Srinivasan) at Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Sydney, August 29 -September 1
  • 2018: “To Bot or Not to Bot, that’s the question.” Paper presented at Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Sydney, August 29 -September 1. (Co-authored)
  • 2018: “Identifying migrants: The case of digital biometric identity in India” Paper Presented Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Sydney, August 29 -September 1
  • 2018: Invited Speaker for the Panel Discussion: “What is the future of work in the technology sector?” Question Marks Seminar. Australia India Institute, Melbourne, August 28.
  • 2018: “Material Politics of Biometric IDs: Everyday Practices of Aadhaar” Paper presented at the 25th  European Conference On South Asian Studies (ECSAS) Paris, France,24-27 July
  • 2018: Invited Talk “Inclusive Economies: Narratives from India” at Worksop on Inclusive Economies: A Multi-Dimensional Framework for Understanding, Measuring and Promoting Inclusive Economies at Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference Center, Bellagio Italy, March 12-16
  • 2018: “Inclusive Economies and Subnational Geographies: A Case of Bihar, India” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of American Association of Geographers (AAG), New Orleans, April 10-14, 2018
  • 2017: “Political Economy of Digital Biometric IDs: A Case of Aadhaar in India” paper presented at Society for the Social Studies of Science  (4S) Annual Meeting, Boston, USA, August 30 - September 2.
  • 2017: Invited Participation in the Workshop on 'Measuring Economic Inclusivity in India' at Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, August 22
  • 2017: Workshop Organizer: “Economic Inclusivity in India: Conceptual and Empirical Recommendations for an Indicator Framework”  in collaboration with the Everett Programme, UC Santa Cruz at IIIT Bangalore, August 19
  • 2017: “Renegotiating citizenship through digital biometric identification: A Case of Aadhaar in India” Paper Presented at the workshop on Future ID: Implications of New Technology for Civil Registration and Identification: Research and Policy, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, February 14th-16th  
  • 2015: 2nd XRCI Open 2015, Bangalore, 22nd -23rd January: Paper (Peer reviewed): E-governance and Social Inclusion: The Case of Women Entrepreneurs in Rajasthan
  • 2014: 23rd European Conference on South Asian Studies, University of Zurich, 23rd-26th July: Paper: From Community to Individual Citizenship: The Politics of the AADHAR Scheme in India(Co-authored)
  • 2013: Shifting Models of Public Service Delivery: Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in E-Governance Projects in India at National Seminar on Making Democratic Governance Work: Reinventing Public Service Delivery Systems in India, 2013, Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 5th-6th November
  • 2012: Hybridising Governance in India: The Interplay of Technology, Culture and Politics atBritish Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) Annual conference 2012, SOAS, London, 12th -14th April

  • 2012: Governance Reform in India and the Role of ICT, Department of Political Science, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, 7th February, 2012

  • 2012: Governance Reform and ICT in India: A Case Study of Common Services Centres (CSCs), Centre of Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, 23rd February 2012

  • 2011: Good Governance in a Transcultural Context: A Case Study of E-governance Initiatives in India at Joint Annual Conference of Association of Asian Studies (AAS) and International Council for Asian Scholars (ICAS), Honolulu, Hawaii, 31st March- 3rd April, 2011

  • 2010: Good Governance in India: Interplay of Politics, Culture and Technology in E-Governance Projects at Biennial Conference of European Association of Social Anthropologists, National University of Maynooth, Ireland, 24th-27th August, 2010

Membership/ Professional Services/ Awards/Training

  • 2013-2015: Associate Member, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" Heidelberg University
  • 2015-2019: Reviewer for International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), International Conference on Public Policy and Management, IIM Bangalore, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Area (Journal)
  • 2013: Qualified UGC NET Examination for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor, June 2013
  • 2009-2012: GPTS PhD scholarship at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg University by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 2005-2007: Erasmus Mundus M.A. Scholarship by European Union
  • 2001-2003: National Scholarship, University of Delhi
  • 2001: National Scholarship, University of Calcutta
  • 1996: National Scholarship (1996) under the National Scholarship Scheme, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education
  • 2008: Completed Impact Monitoring – Project Management Training Programme organized by AMI Asian Management Institute Ltd. (2-6 June 2008, Thailand)
  • 2004:Completed  Gender Training Programme organized by National Institute for Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD), Government of India (27 September - 1 October 2004, New Delhi)