P. (Payal) Arora

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Dr. Payal Arora is Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Catalyst Lab, a center that reignites relations between academia, industry and the public using social media campaigns on social issues of contemporary concern. For more information: http://www.catalyst-lab.org/ 

Dr. Arora earned her doctorate in Language, Literacy and Technology from Columbia University, Teachers College in New York, a Master’s degree in International Policy from Harvard University, and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Cambridge.

She is a full member of The Netherlands School of Communication Research (NeSCOR) and is on several boards including Columbia University Earth Institute’s Connect to Learn, Technology, Knowledge & Society Association, Soteryx, Makeosity, and The World Women Global Council in New York. She has held Fellow positions at NYU Steinhardt, General Electric, and Rio’s Institute of Technology and Society.

She has published a number of books and over forty papers in her field and given over a 100 presentations across 66 cities and 27 countries. Her teaching has been recognized through a number of best teacher nominations and awards including the prestigious University Education Prize in 2017.

Her research focus lies in digital cultures and social inequality, new media activism, edutainment and IT for international development.

Visit her personal website for more information. 

  • P. Arora (2015). Web 2.0 and beyond. In R. Mansell (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of digital communication and society (3 volume). London: Wiley Blackwell[go to publisher's site]
  • F.R.R. Vermeylen & P. Arora (2013). Art markets. In R. Towse & C. Handke (Eds.), Handbook on the digital creative economy (pp. 322-329). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
  • K. Kaun & P. Arora (2010). Global education greenhouse: Constructing and organizing online global knowledge. In S. Mukerij & P. Tripathi (Eds.), Cases in technological adaptability and transnational learning: Issues and challenges (pp. 208-222). Hershey: IGI Publication
  • P. Arora (2010). Copycats of the Central Himalayas. Learning in the age of information. In W. Kinuthia & S. Marshall (Eds.), Cases 'n' places: Global cases in educational technology (pp. 21-30). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing
  • P. Arora & A. Panikkar (2010). The Ramadan controversy: Dilemmas in negotiating between cultures through the study of Dutch and Iranian media discourses post Iranian uprising. In Y..R. Kamalipour (Ed.), Media, power, and politics in the digital age: The 2009 presidential election (pp. 191-202). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield
  • P. Arora (2016). Invited Lecture Prizes for innovation in ICTs in Education. (Extern rapport). Paris: UNESCO
  • P. Arora (2016). Prizes for innovation: Impact analysis in the ICTs for Education sector. (Extern rapport). : United Nations Education Commission
  • P. AroraInvited lecture digital marketing. Christie's London, Technology and the Art Market seminar, Christies.
  • P. Arora (Video interview) (2011, apr 15). Entrepreneurship and new media learning:. [webcast]. In One Minute Education. HOPE.
  • P. Arora (Interview) (2011, okt 21). New media, education and South Asia. [radio-uitzending]. In Dilshad Deyani Show. Texas radio.
  • P. Arora (2011, december 1). New media and international development. Den Haag, Guest seminar at the International institute of social studies.
  • P. Arora (2011, juni 1). Social media, knowledge management and business. Shell Corporation, London, UK, Invited discussant.
  • P. AroraGuest lecture. Beirut, Amman, Chamber of commerce of the Social Economic Council.
  • P. Arora (Live video coverage of talk) (2011, dec 12). Does culture matter? Business Communication in this digital and global age. [televisie-uitzending]. In Leaders of Tomorrow. Jordan Live TV.


Visiting address

Office: W L3-84
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

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