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Research interests

Uttaran Dutta studies creative ways to address development, health and social disparity issues. His research focuses on sustainable development and social change in marginalized communities, analyzing the importance of culture, communication, design and innovation in transforming the lives of people who are socially, politically and economically poor. In all his work, local participants are the key forces in identifying and developing cost-effective solutions using local resources. In one project, Dr. Dutta is developing a computer application for illiterate people in rural India to access useful information regarding local weather, employment, education, and other basic services such as healthcare. In another project, he collaborated with local people to construct a mini-hospital, library-cum-museum and a protection-wall to save sacred environmental resources in remote indigenous villages in eastern India. Additionally, he researches the folk-culture and indigenous knowledge of the underserved to document and understand alternate ways of viewing the world.

Education / Academic qualification

M.Des, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

PhD, Purdue University

… → 2013

External positions

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University


  • Rural
  • visual communication design
  • Human values
  • Folk
  • social innovation
  • Intercultural Communication
  • India
  • Subaltern
  • health communication
  • indigenous
  • ICT for Development
  • action research
  • Development Communication
  • Social change
  • ethnography

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Research Output 2013 2017

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Chapter

Digital Behavior of University Students in India and the U.S.: Cultural Values and Communication Technologies in the Classroom

Shuter, R., Dutta, U., Cheong, P., Chen, Y. & Shuter, J. Mar 16 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Western Journal of Communication. p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

communication technology

Narratives of Stress in Health Meanings of African Americans in Lake County, Indiana

Dutta, M., Sastry, S., Dillard, S., Kumar, R., Anaele, A., Collins, W., Roberson, C., Dutta, U., Jones, C., Gillespie, T. & Spinetta, C. Aug 4 2016 (Accepted/In press) In : Health Communication. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

African Americans
1 Citations

Questioning dominant development practices: Emerging voices of indigenous subalterns

Dutta, U. Jan 1 2015 In : Journal of International Communication. 21, 2, p. 169-188 20 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Decision making

Relational tensions in academic-community partnerships in the culture-centered approach (CCA): Negotiating communication in creating spaces for voices

Dutta, M. J., Dillard, S., Kumar, R., Sastry, S., Jones, C. & Anaele, A. 2013 Reducing Health Disparities: Communication Interventions.. p. 457-478

Research output: ResearchChapter

2 Citations

Voices of the poor from the margins of bengal: Structural inequities and health

Dutta, M. J. & Dutta, U. Jan 2013 In : Qualitative Health Research. 23, 1, p. 14-25 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Health Communication
Rural Population
Health Promotion

Projects 2015 2020