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We work across three broad and interlinked themes: technological change, digitalisation and society; inclusive innovation and social impact; and cultural & creative industries entrepreneurship.  

Technology, Digitalisation & Society
 
Technological change is occurring at an increasingly rapid pace and we do not yet know how new technologies including AI and machine learning, as well as digitalisation will affect society, and the way we work, study, or live. We study how the adoption of new technology and digitalisation may affect society, with a focus on inclusion and access for all. We look at links between technology, digitalisation and development, social impact and public good. We consider the impact of technology on the future of work. And we look at gender dimensions of technological change, digitalisation and the future of work.  ​
 
Challenges:
  • What do inclusive technology policies comprise of?
  • What are ways women, technology and digitalisation intersect?
  • How do we create a technology-based and inclusive future of work?
  • What is the role of technology in creating better access to opportunities?
  • How do different users understand and prioritise digital access and data privacy?
  • How are different segments of society affected by technological change and digitalisation?
Inclusive Innovation & Social Impact
 
India is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship that offer both development or societal benefits as well as financial sustainability. Yet while inclusive innovation and social entrepreneurship are established sectors and concepts, we still know relatively little about what the best support or most appropriate policy framework looks like, or how to effectively deal with last mile access and distribution challenges. We look at what inclusive innovation means in the context of India, and at how to best enable and scale inclusive innovation and social entrepreneurship. We are also interested in how to make other forms of innovation and entrepreneurship more inclusive, how to work with corporates to enable inclusive innovation thinking, and mainstreaming inclusive innovation policy.
 
Challenges:
  • What does inclusive innovation and social entrepreneurship look like in India?
  • What does an inclusive innovation policy comprise of?
  • How can universities enable inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship?
  • What will the next wave of venture philanthropy and corporate engagement in social impact entail?
  • How do we further strengthen the social enterprise and inclusive innovation ecosystem?
  • What are best practices in incubation, acceleration and financing of inclusive innovation?
Creative Industries Entrepreneurship
 
India's cultural and creative industries (CCI) is rapidly evolving, primarily from the bottom up - such as new creative businesses including art and artist management, festivals, performance spaces or schools for music, theatre and dance; new collectives, associations and platforms to engage with consumers and fans, started by artists and other creatives; and the explosion of digital creative content and content makers. We study how technology is changing the CCI, what startups and other new organisations are emerging, and how this is changing the dynamics of the industry.
 
Challenges:
  • How is digitalisation and technology changing the CCI and creating opportunities for new enterprises?
  • What does India’s digital creative content ecosystem look like and where is it going?
  • What are appropriate policy frameworks for the digitalising CCI?
  • How can startups in the CCI best be supported?