Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies



Archana Prasad, Professor and Chairperson, CIS&LS
E-mail: archanaprasad@mail.jnu.ac.in; archie.prasad11@gmail.com; chairperson_cisls@mail.jnu.ac.in

Archana Prasad did her Ph.D. from Centre for Historical Studies JNU in 1994 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Science and Technology Studies Cornell University from 1994-1996. Prior to joining the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies she has been a fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and was teaching at the Centre for Jawaharalal Nehru Studies and the Department of History, Jamia Millia Islamia. She specializes in research on the contemporary history of adivasi livelihoods, labour and resistance, women and labour, environmental and labour history. Her current research is focused on the ideologies of resistance and forms of protest amongst adivasi workers through the collection of their oral histories. She is involved with several grassroots and working class movements and has served on several government committees concerning women's and adivasi issues. She has also published several books, scholarly and popular articles on a wide range of subjects related to adivasi and women's issues. more...

Santosh Kumar Mehrotra, Professor of Economics, CIS&LS

He was Director-General, Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission (in the rank of Secretary, Government of India) (2009-2014).
He is a human development economist, whose research and writings have had most influence in the areas of labour/ employment, skill development, child poverty, and the economics of education. He brings a combination of professional experience: with the Indian government as a policy maker and adviser, with international organisations as a technical expert, having lived on three continents and travelled to 63 countries providing technical advice to governments; and as an academic whose research work has been translated into Chinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German. more...

Avinash Kumar, Assistant Professor in Political Studies, CIS&LS
E-mail: avinashmishra.jnu@gmail.com; avinashkumar@mail.jnu.ac.in

Avinash Kumar completed his Ph.D. from Jamia Millia Islamia and is an Assistant Professor of Political Studies in the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to this he has taught at Shahid Bhagat Singh College and Ram Lal Anand College (Eve), University of Delhi. He has also worked on the Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK; National Commission of Minorities, Government of India, New Delhi, and Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi. His research interests include issues of land, labour and caste; politics of marginalization and informality; discrimination and exclusion, movements of the marginalized; labour market and Indian political economy. more...

Pradeep Shinde, Assistant Professor in Sociology, CIS&LS
Email : pradeepshinde@mail.jnu.ac.in

Pradeep's interests lie in such categories as work, mobility, labour, and Denotified tribe. Along with these, he has also explored the concepts of caste, kinship, gender, and the state in his ethnographic research. As a doctoral fellow from the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Programme (IFP) at the Department of Anthropology of the London School of Economics (2002-2005), Pradeep undertook his ethnographic research in the Mumbai slum of Dharavi between 2004 and 2006 for his PhD which he received in January 2011. His doctoral thesis explores the everyday struggle of a Denotified tribe, the Kunchikorves, in a Mumbai slum. More specifically, Pradeep looks at the mobility that Kunchikorves have gained through various forms of work (the formal and the informal) by using their kinship as well as interpersonal networks. After obtaining his PhD, Pradeep received a DAAD Teaching fellowship to teach at the International Centre for Development and Decent work, Kassel University, Germany, under the India Passage programme, for three months (April 11, 2011 to July 11, 2011). In the following year, Pradeep received another fellowship (IGK Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History) from the centre re: work at Humboldt University, Berlin, for three months (Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2012) to pursue his research on contract sanitary workers hired by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). more...


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