Yash Babar

Yash Babar

Ph.D. Candidate
Information & Decision Sciences Department


  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) 2012
    Computer Science Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Goa Campus


  • Online Communities
  • Sharing Economy
  • Mobile Exercise Apps


My research agenda deals with the interplay between online and offline interactions, across various contexts. In my thesis, I examine two aspects of this broad theme. First, I study how offline meetups influence individuals’ and groups’ online behaviors, within a large online community. Second, I explore the circumstances under which new online technologies displace or complement existing offline services, with a focus on the relationship between ride-hailing services and public transit. Beyond this central research focus, I have also undertaken work examining the efficacy of costless, online social interventions that can be leveraged to shape online and offline behavior, e.g., health and exercise behaviors.

Selected Works & Activities.

  • Community Relationships

    Student coordinator for the Minnesota Information Systems Research (MISRC) Friday workshops from 2018-2020. These workshops have proved to be an excellent avenue to learn about and discuss emerging research in Information Systems and associated fields. Please see the link for the schedule for this semester and reach out to me if you'd like to attend or have any questions. 


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