Platform Economies in India: Implementation, Impact, Infrastructure and Aptitude

Platform Economies in India: Implementation, Impact, Infrastructure and Aptitude

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IIT Bombay, India – 26th – 27th Feb. 2020



Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay, India
Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi, India.
Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities & School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland.


Min. of Human Resource Development (Gov. of India) and Univ. of Queensland.

In an era of network effects, the sheer size of India makes her platform economies central to the global digital economy. By contrast with other Asian states, India has neither signed up to be a ‘taker’ of global norms, nor excluded the interests of the major global technology companies. Nonetheless, at the policy level, India has yet to finalise a coherent set of regulatory or technical standards across this expanding sector. Consequently, the rapid expansion of digital platforms means that a comprehensive account of the social, cultural and economic implications of the digital economy for different regions and populations segments has yet to emerge. These range across critical questions of infrastructure, human rights, governance and public services, culture and consumption, business law, entrepreneurship and labour conditions, platform ownership and regulation, and in all these dimensions: equity and social justice.

We invite submissions for 20 minute papers exploring the following topics:

  • Digital Infrastructure and Ecosystem Development
  • Platform Business Models and Commercial Ecospheres
  • Digital Media Content and Services
  • Platform Labour and Regulation
  • Public Services and Digital India
  • Intellectual Property, Privacy and Law
  • Cyber-security, Surveillance and Human Rights
  • User Studies and Digital Cultures

The overarching aim of this 2 days conference will be to advance an inter-disciplinary debate on the social impact, cultural dynamics and economic potentials of platform business models in India. We invite applicants from across all disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Law, Information Technology, Civil Engineering and Science.

The aim of this event is to bring together scholars from across India, and the University of Queensland is pleased to offer up to ten travel bursaries for participants from any part of India with accepted papers. We will give particular attention to supporting early career researchers pursuing cutting-edge research in the field.

Abstracts of 250-500 words should be submitted as a Microsoft Word Doc or Adobe PDF attachment to: under the subject line ‘Platform Economies in India’ before the deadline of 22nd December 2019. If you wish to apply for a travel bursary, please indicate this in your submission.

Notification of successful papers (and bursaries) will be given by 15th January 2020.

Organising Committee:

  • Shishir K. Jha (Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay)
  • Adrian Athique (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland).
  • Vigneswara Ilavarasan (Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi)
  • Pradip Thomas (School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland)
  • Scott Fitzgerald (School of Business, Curtin University)


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