Payal Arora


Payal Arora has research and consulting experience in both the private and public sector worldwide with diverse institutions including with GE, Shell, World Bank, hp, National Health Foundation, The Ministry of Education in Jordan, Sotheby’s, Art Review, Kellogg and the Beirut Chambers of Commerce. She has been invited to speak by several prestigious universities such as Cornell, Duke, Kings College London, Max-Planck, and Moscow Higher School of Economics. Her paper on digitization of information won the 2010 Best Paper Award in Social Informatics by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). She is the author of several books including Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas (Ashgate, 2010), The Leisure Commons: A Spatial History of Web 2.0 (Routledge, 2014; Winner of the EUR Fellowship Grant), Crossroads in New media, Identity & Law: The Shape of Diversity to Come with co-editors W. de Been & M. Hildebrandt (Palgrave, 2015) and Poor@Play: Digital Life beyond the West with co-author N. Rangaswamy (expected 2016; Harvard University Press). Her expertise lies in digital cultures and ICTs in emerging economies for social change. She sits on several boards including the Netherlands School of Communication Research (NESCoR), the Global Media Journal, The South Asian Media, Arts & Culture Research Center in University of North Texas, Young Erasmus, and The World Women Global Council in New York. She holds degrees from Harvard University (M.Ed. in International Policy) and Columbia University (Doctorate in Language, Literacy & Technology) and has a teaching certificate from the University of Cambridge. She is a Visiting Fellow at NYU Steinhardt’s Media, Culture, and Communication department for 2015-2016. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.