Visiting Faculty

Jean Drèze: Visiting Professor CIS&LS

Jean Drèze studied Mathematical Economics at the University of Essex and did his PhD at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. He has taught at the London School of Economics and the Delhi School of Economics, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also a visiting Professor at Allahabad University as well as Honorary Professor at the Delhi School of Economics. He has made wide-ranging contributions to development economics and public policy, with special reference to India. His research interests include rural development, social inequality, elementary education, child nutrition, health care and food security.

Select Publications

  • 'Hunger and Public Action' (co-authored with Amartya Sen), Oxford University Press, 1989.

  • 'The Political Economy of Hunger' (3 volumes, co-edited), Oxford University Press, 1990.

  • 'Social Security in Developing Countries' (co-edited), Oxford University Press, 1991.

  • 'India: Economic Development and Social Opportunity' (co-authored), Oxford University Press, 1995.

  • 'Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives' (co-edited), Oxford University Press, 1997.

  • 'The Dam and the Nation: Displacement and Resettlement in the Narmada Valley' (co-edited), Oxford University Press, 1997.

  • 'India: Development and Participation' (co-authored), Oxford University Press, 2002.

  • 'Labour Contracts in Rural India: Theories and Evidence' (co-authored), in Chakravarty, S. (ed) (1989), The Balance between Industry and Agriculture in Economic Development, Vol.3 (London: Macmillan).

  • 'Poverty in India and the IRDP Delusion', Economic and Political Weekly, 29 September 1990.

  • 'Public Action for Social Security: Foundations and Strategy' (Co-authored), in Ahmad, Drèze, Hills and Sen (eds) (1991), Social Security in Developing Countries (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

  • 'Daily Wages and Piece Rates in Agrarian Economies'(co-authored), Journal of Development Economics, 59 (1999).

  • 'Uttar Pradesh: The Burden of Inertia' (with Haris Gazdar), in Drèze and Sen (eds) (1997), Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

  • 'School Participation in Rural India' (with Geeta Gandhi Kingdon), Review of Development Economics, 5(1) (February 2001).

  • 'Patterns of Literacy and their Social Context', in Veena Das et al. (eds.) (2003) Encyclopedia of Sociology and Social Anthropology (New Delhi: Oxford University Press).

  • 'Democratic Practice and Social Inequality in India' (jointly with Amartya Sen), Journal of Asian and African Studies, 37(2).

  • 'Poverty and Inequality in India: A Reexamination' (with Angus Deaton), Economic and Political Weekly, 7 September 2002.

  • 'The Future of Mid-day Meals' (with Aparajita Goyal), Economic and Political Weekly, 1 November 2003.

  • 'Mid-day Meals and Children's Rights', Economic and Political Weekly, 8 May 2004.

  • 'Democracy and the Right to Food', Economic and Political Weekly, 24 April 2004.

  • 'Employment Guarantee in Jharkhand: Ground Realities' (with Bela Bhatia), Economic and Political Weekly, 22-28 July 2006.

  • 'Universalization with Quality: ICDS in a Rights Perspective', Economic and Political Weekly, 26 August 2006.

  • 'India's Employment Guarantee Act: Reclaiming Policy Space', in Deshpande, A. (ed.) (2007), Globalization and Development (New Delhi: Oxford University Press).

  • 'The BPL Census and a Possible Alternatives' (with Reetika Khera), Economic and Political Weekly, 27 February 2010

 Gerry Rodgers, Visiting Professor CIS&LS

Gerry Rodgers is the former director of the Institute for International Labor Studies at the ILO. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and also a Visiting Fellow at Institute of Human Development, New Delhi. His work has mainly been concerned with poverty, inequality, labor, human resources, and employment, especially in South and Southeast Asia and in Latin America. This has included analysis of labor market outcomes and their relationship to economic development; the impact on poverty and employment of state policies and of the behavior of other social actors; labor market patterns as aspects of social and economic inequality; the development of training systems and policies; the notion of social exclusion and its application in low income settings; studies of interactions between economic and demographic behavior; work on economic and social systems and models, both theoretical and empirical.

Select Publications:

  • Precarious Jobs in Labour Market Regulation: The Growth of Atypical Employment in Western Europe (Co-authored) (Geneva: IILS. 1989).

  • Urban poverty and the Labour market: access to jobs and incomes in Asian and Latin American cities" (Geneva: ILO, 1989).

  • Child Work, Poverty and Underdevelopment: Issues for Research in Low Income Countries, (Co-edited) (Geneva, ILO, 1981, reprinted 1983).

  • The International Labour Organization and the Quest for Social Justice, 1919-2009 (co-authored) (Cornell University Press, 2009)

  • Labour Institutions and Economic Development: Labour Market Programme, (Geneva: IILS. 1991).

  • Social Exclusion: Rhetoric, Reality, Responses, (Geneva: IILS. 1995).

  • Poverty and Population: Approaches and Evidence, (Geneva: ILO, 1984).

  • India, the ILO and the Quest for Social Justice since 1919, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol - XLVI No. 10, March 05, 2011

  • Inclusive Development? Migration, Governance and Social Change in Rural Bihar, Economic and Political Weekly, (co-authored) Vol - XLVI No. 23, June 04, 2011

  • India and the ILO in Historical Perspective, Economic and Political Weekly, (Co-authored) Vol - XLVI No. 10, March 05, 2011.

  • A Leap across Time, Economic and Political Weekly, (Co-authored) Vol - XXXVI No. 22, June 02, 2001

  • Incomes and Work among the Poor of Rural Bihar, 1971-81, Economic and Political Weekly, (Co-authored), Vol - XIX No. 13, March 31, 1984.

Professor Barbara Harriss-White: Visiting Professor CIS&LS
MA (Oxon), Dip.Ag.Sc. (Ag.Econ.) (Cantab), PhD

Professor Barbara Harriss-White is the Director of Wolfson College's South Asia Research Cluster and of Area Studies Research Project on the Materiality of India's Informal Economy at Oxford University. She is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a Professorial Research Associate at SOAS. She retired in 2011 after 25 years at Oxford, almost all in Queen Elizabeth House teaching agricultural economics, development economics, development studies and then the political economy of India. She was the Founder-Director of Oxford University's Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme in the School of Area Studies and organiser of the world's first MSc in Contemporary India. She has written, edited or co-edited and published 40 books and major reports, published over 200 scholarly papers and chapters and over 60 working papers. Her book 'Rural Commercial Capital' won the Edgar Graham prize.

Barbara Harriss-White's research interests have developed from the economics of agricultural markets to India's socially regulated capitalist economy and corporate capital; and from the malnutrition caused by markets to many other aspects of deprivation: notably poverty, gender bias and gender relations, health and disability, destitution and caste discrimination. She has a long term interest in agrarian change in S. India and has also tracked the economy of a market town there since 1972.

Some Select Books

  • Harriss-White, Barbara, et. al. (2013) (ed.), Dalits and Adivasis in Indias' Business Economy: Three Essays and an Atlas, New Delhi: Three Essays Press.

  • Harriss-White, Barbara (2008) Rural Commercial Capital: Agricultural Markets in West Bengal. New Delhi:Oxford University Press.

  • Harriss-White, Barbara (2005) India's Market Society. New Delhi: Three Essays Press.

  • Harriss-White, Barbara and Janakarajan, S. (2004) Rural India Facing the Twenty-first Century. London: Anthem Press.

  • Harriss-White, Barbara (2003) India Working: Essays on Economy and Society. Cambridge University Press.

  • Harriss-White, Barbara and Erb, Susan (2002) Outcast from Social Welfare: Adult Disability in Rural South India. Bangalore: Books for Change.

  • Harriss-White, Barbara and Stewart, Frances and Saith, Ruhi, eds. (2007) Defining Poverty in Developing Countries. London: Palgrave.

  • Harriss-White, Barbara and Sinha, Anushree, eds. (2007) Trade Liberalisation and India's Informal Economy: Macro meets Micro. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • Harriss-White, Barbara and Altvater, Elmar and Leys, Colin and Panitch, Leo, eds. (2006) Coming to Terms with Nature: The Politics of the Ecological Challenge. London: Merlin Press.

  • Harriss-White, Barbara, ed. (2002) Globalisation and Insecurity: Political Economy and Physical Challenges. London: Palgrave.