I, Uttaran Dutta, am an assistant professor of intercultural communication in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, USA. I received my Ph.D. in communication studies from Purdue University, USA and Master of Design from Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay, India. I also earned a Bachelor’s in civil engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Indian academic institutions.
I study creative ways to address development, health and social disparity issues. My research focuses on sustainable development and social change in marginalized communities, analyzing the importance of culture, communication, design and innovation in transforming the lives of people who are socially, politically and economically poor. In all my work, local participants are the key forces in identifying and developing cost-effective solutions using local resources. For example, in one project, I am developing a computer application for illiterate people in rural India to access useful information regarding local weather, employment, education, and other basic services such as healthcare. In another project, I collaborated with local people to construct a mini-hospital, library-cum-museum and a protection-wall to save sacred environmental resources in remote indigenous villages in eastern India. Additionally, I research the folk-culture and indigenous knowledge of the underserved to document and understand alternate ways of viewing the world.
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