Balaji Parthasarathy is the Lead Investigator for the Fairwork project in India. He is also a Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-Bangalore).
His interests focus on the relationship between technological change, economic globalization, and social transformation. Within this broad focus, his work follows two threads. One thread examines the impacts of public policy and firm strategies on the organization of production in the ICT (information and communications technology) industry. The second thread deals with ICTs for Development, or ICTD. Here, his interests lie in understanding how the deployment of ICTs in various domains of activity transform social relationships, especially in underprivileged contexts. You can find a list of Balaji’s publications here.
For the Fairwork project, Balaji develops the research strategy in India. This includes adapting the Fairwork principles, conceptualizing the fieldwork, and working with various partners, including platforms, users, and other researchers in technology and labour.