Research and Projects

Research Projects

Entrepreneurship and the Socio-Technical Chasm in a Lean Economy
Tawanna Dillahunt, Vaishnav Kameswaran, Desiree McLain, Joyojeet Pal, and Kentaro Toyama
Online technologies are increasingly hailed as enablers of entrepreneurship and income generation. Recent evidence suggests, however, that even the best such tools disproportionately favor those with pre-existing entrepreneurial advantages. Our research explores the use of these tools among those with limited prior entrepreneurial advantages.
 people Innovation and technology entrepreneurship cultures between Ghana, Southern China, and Silicon Valley
Silvia Lindtner and Seyram Avle
This research investigates the contemporary social and technological processes that bring together and motivate specific kinds of leaders shaping transnational networks of design and innovation in computing and communication technologies.
 Political Social Media in the Global South Political Social Media in the Global South
Joyojeet Pal, A’Ndre Gonawela, Tanya Madhani, Udit Thawani, Priyank Chandra, Vaishnav Kameswaran, Aakanksha Parameshwar
This research looks at the role of social media in electoral politics around various parts of the Global South, including how politicians self-represent, the framing of political issues, and the timing of messaging around major political events.
Young Engineers Intangible Gains Through the International Exposure of Young IT Engineers
Tsuyoshi Kano, Kiyoko Eguchi, Hisashi Kawano, and Kentaro Toyama
This research focuses on 1) what kind of mindset change occurs through the international exposure, 2) how can the mindset change be replicated by training in the home country, and 3) what are the challenges of Japan to be the place of brain circulation. The research is targeted at Bangladeshi and Rwandan IT engineers who are working or studying in Japan. The long-term goal of the research project is to make a policy recommendation on the development of IT human resource and IT industry in the global society.
Ride-hailing Services “We can go anywhere”: Understanding `Independence’ through a case study of ride-hailing use by people with Visual Impairments in metropolitan India
Vaishnav Kameswaran, Jatin Gupta, Joyojeet Pal, Sile O’Modhrain, Tiffany C. Veinot, Robin N. Brewer, Aakanksha Parameshwar, Vidhya Y, Jacki O’Neill
Ride-hailing services have received attention as part of the growing work around the sharing economy, but the focus of these studies have largely been on drivers. We examine how ride-hailing is transforming the transportation practices of one group of passengers, people with visual impairments in metropolitan India.

Practitioner Projects

image The Data 4 Good Center
Edward Happ
The Data 4 Good Center is a platform that is used to gain important insights by combining all of the “small” data accumulated by NGO reports into “big data.” The insights gained from this largely untapped data will be used to obtain new insights that can be shared with NGOs and the communities they serve. The Data 4 Good Center is an instrumental tool for helping cities improve their local NGO’s and building a strong, healthy, and prosperous community.