Dr. 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 (2014). Leisure Commons: Spatial History of Web 2.0. UK: Routledge
  • P. Arora & K. Sedeke (2013). Contemporary Fashion Blogosphere. Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
  • P. Arora (2010). Dot com mantra: Social computing in Central Himalayas. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 (2018, september 2). data/mobile economy in Asia. Chatham House London, Digital Asia Hub Launch.
  • P. Arora (2018, augustus 27). Quantifying your talented self: How metrics is killing creativity. Erasmus University Rotterdam, EUR-pre-academic and interdisciplinary programme opening.
  • P. Arora (2019, september 2). fake news’ in the Asian context. Facebook, Social Science One Asia Launch.
  • P. Arora (2017, november 6). Talent. Bernard Mandeville Foundation, City of Rotterdam, EUR and the Port of Rotterdam, Rotterdam Talent Week.
  • P. Arora (2016, maart 22). Invited Lecture A critical examination of prizes to spur innovation using ICT in education. Paris, UNESCO Mobile Learning week: Innovating for Quality.
  • P. Arora (2016, juni 30). Invited lecture digital marketing. Christie's London, Technology and the Art Market seminar, Christies.
  • P. Arora (2016). Prizes for innovation: Impact analysis in the ICTs for Education sector. (Extern rapport). : United Nations Education Commission
  • P. Arora (2016, november 4). Invited Lecture Who is in charge of the future of the internet? Rotterdam, TEDxErasmus.
  • P. Arora (2015, mei 29). Invited lecture The Art Museum and Its New Publics. Essen, Museum Folkwang.
  • P. Arora & N. Rangaswamy (2015). Digital romance in the Indian city. In The City & South Asia (pp. 73-74). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard South Asia Institute
  • P. Arora (2011, augustus 1). The Dot Com Mantra book. Imperica
  • P. Arora (2011). Live blog for TEDx Amsterdam. (blog). (available: 1 Nov 2011).
  • P. Arora (2018). When exotic digital cultures become mainstream (2018, april 12). Austria: Democracy and (Dis)Information Society: On the Function and Dissemination of Big Data, Fake News and Conspiracy Theories, Universität Salzburg, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie and Universität Münster
  • P. Arora (2018). Revival of the colonial project in the datafied society. (blog). Internet beyond global network.
  • P. Arora (2017). Digital cultures for social activism and change in the global South (2017, april 24). University of Oslo: Oromo Studies Association
  • W.H.J. de Been, P. Arora & M. Hildebrandt (Ed.). (2015). Crossroads in New media, Identity & Law: The Shape of Diversity to Come. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • P. Arora (2015). Bottom of the data pyramid in the global South. (blog). Discover Society.
  • P. Arora (2015). Keynote. The International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society on Big Data and the Politics of Participation in a Digital Age: (2015, februari 23 - 2015, februari 24).
  • P. Arora (2015). Keynote on 'Big data Commons and the global South. The ISIS Summit Vienna 2015, the Information Society at the Crossroad: Vienna, Austria (2015, mei 1).
  • P. Arora (2015). Keynote on 'Digital Media, Digital Transition and Internet of Things. 13th Annual Session Dialogue of Civilizations: Rhodes, Greece (2015, oktober 1).
  • P. Arora, N. Rangaswamy & L. Scheiber (2015). Slumdog romance, politics and digital privacy among marginalized Brazilian and Indian youth. Amsterdam Privacy Conference: Amsterdam (2015, oktober 23 - 2015, oktober 26).
  • P. Arora (2015). Bottom of the Data Pyramid,’ Big Data and the Politics of Participation in a Digital Age. International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society: Common Ground Publishing (2015, februari 23 - 2015, februari 24).
  • P. Arora (2015). Big data Commons and the global South. IS4IS Summit Vienna 2015, ‘The Information Society at the Crossroads: Vienna (2015, juni 3 - 2015, juni 7).
  • P. Arora & F.R.R. Vermeylen (2014). The new cultural commons: the art world, new media and a democratic promise. The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS): Wassenaar (2014, november 18 - 2014, november 20).
  • P. Arora (2012). Reconfiguring village studies - "Rural Poverty = Information Poverty? Computers as new knowledge brokers in rural India.
  • F.R.R. Vermeylen & P. Arora (2012). The valorization of art and experts in the contemporary market. 17th International Conference Association of Cultural Economists international: Kyoto, Japan (2012, juni 21 - 2012, juni 24).
  • P. Arora (2012). Temporality in the Sociomaterial Mangle. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S): Copenhagen (2012, oktober 17 - 2012, oktober 20).
  • P. Arora (2012). Learning, leisure and new technology adoption and usage.
  • P. Arora (2012). Keynote on Capitalizing on contested identities for business innovation. West-Asia-North African Forum: Amman, Jordan (2012, mei 1).
  • P. Arora (2011, december 1). New media and international development. Den Haag, Guest seminar at the International institute of social studies.
  • P. Arora (Interview) (2011, okt 21). New media, education and South Asia. [radio-uitzending]. In Dilshad Deyani Show . Texas radio.
  • P. Arora (Video interview) (2011, apr 15). Entrepreneurship and new media learning:. [webcast]. In One Minute Education . HOPE.
  • 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.
  • P. Arora (2011, juni 1). Social media, knowledge management and business. Shell Corporation, London, UK, Invited discussant.
  • P. Arora Guest lecture. Beirut, Amman, Chamber of commerce of the Social Economic Council.


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