Faculty Profile: Joyojeet Pal

Research interests

Joyojeet’s work focuses on social and technological issues related to the role of information and communications technology in economic development around the world. His classes aim to introduce School of Information students to ways in which technology is impacting the developing world in a range of domains areas, from governance and education to healthcare and finance. In the past he has worked in India, Brazil, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, and managed research through much of Latin America.

His current research is on assistive technology in the developing world. He works on the role of screen reading technology in workplace accessibility, especially in parts of the world where people with vision impairments have not had significant job opportunities until recently. He believes that assistive technologies are likely to comprise an important part of development discourse in the next few decades both because of legal consequences of international efforts, such as the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and because there is a slowly growing awareness worldwide of disability in terms of human rights and accessibility as fundamental to social inclusion.

Currently teaching

SI 545: “Information Technology and Development: Contemporary Issues”

Joyojeet Pal is an assistant professor at the School of Information who both teaches and conducts research on the role of information and communications technology in development (ICTD). He graduated with a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Joyojeet received his bachelor's degree in commerce and economics from Sydenham College in Mumbai, where he worked as a journalist and a web designer before moving to Berkeley for his graduate studies.