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Uttaran Dutta

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Biography

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.  For example, in one project, he 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, Dr. Dutta researches the folk-culture and indigenous knowledge of the underserved to document and understand alternate ways of viewing the world.

Education

PhD, Communication Studies, Purdue University, 2013

MDes, Visual Communication Design, IIT Bombay, India, 2006

MBA, Business Administration, India, 2003

BE, Civil Engineering, India, 2001

Research Interests

intercultural communication, social change communication, international development and health, visual communication, folk culture

Publications

Journal Articles

In Press

Dutta, M. J., S. Sastry, R. Kumar, A. Anaele, S. Dillard, U. Dutta, C. Jones, C. Spinetta and W. Collins. Narratives of stress in health meanings of African-Americans in Lake County, Indiana. Health Communication

2015

Dutta, U. 2015. Questioning dominant development practices. The Journal of International Communication 21(2):169-188. DOI: 10.1080/13216597.2015.1052534. (link)

Dutta, U. and S. Das. 2015. The digital divide at the margins: Co-designing information solutions to address the needs of indigenous populations of rural India. Communication Design Quarterly Review 4(1):36-48. DOI: 10.1145/2875501.2875504. (link)

2013

Dutta, M. J. and U. Dutta. 2013. Voices of the poor from the margins of Bengal: Structural inequities and health. Qualitative Health Research 23(1):14-25. DOI: 10.1177/1049732312462241. (link)

Book Chapters

In Press

Dutta, U. Development. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture.

Dutta, U. Indigenous rights. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture.

2015

Dutta, U. 2015. Change-agentry. Pp. 45-46 In: Bennett, J. ed., The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence. SAGE Publications. DOI: 10.4135/9781483346267.n26.

Dutta, U. 2015. Design problems. In: Edwards, C. ed., The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design.

Dutta, U. 2015. Social relations. In: Edwards, C. ed., The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design.

2013

Dutta, M. J., S. Dillard, R. Kumar, S. Sastry, C. Jones, A. Anaele, U. Dutta, W. Collins, T. Okoror and C. Roberson. 2013. Relational tensions in academic-community partnerships in the culture-centered approach (CCA): Negotiating communication in creating spaces for voices. Pp. 457-478 Reducing Health Disparities: Communication Interventions. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

 

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 263Elements Intercultural Comm
COM 407Adv Critical Methods in Comm
COM 604Theory Construction in Comm
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 499Individualized Instruction
COM 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 263Elements Intercultural Comm
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 263Elements Intercultural Comm
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 263Elements Intercultural Comm
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 463Intercultural Comm Theory/Rsch
COM 691Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 263Elements Intercultural Comm
COM 463Intercultural Comm Theory/Rsch
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 263Elements Intercultural Comm
COM 463Intercultural Comm Theory/Rsch
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 263Elements Intercultural Comm
COM 463Intercultural Comm Theory/Rsch
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 263Elements Intercultural Comm