Sarada Gopalakrishnan graduated with a PhD in Agricultural Economics-Economics in 2021 from the University of Madras, Chennai. During her PhD., she studied the broad patterns of rural out-migration with particular focus on farmers and agricultural labourers in Tamil Nadu. She completed her Bachelors in Agriculture and Masters in Agricultural Economics from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore. During her studies, she won several meritorious scholarship awards including Pondicherry Government Fellowship, Research grant from Malcolm Elizabeth Adiseshaiah Trust , Prof. Uthandaraman Aiyasamy Proficiency Prizes in Economics, V.C. Rangasamy Memorial Prize and AIBEA Merit Scholarship.
She has worked in various projects sponsored by the Government of the Union Territory of Pondicherry, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi and recently completed a Government of Tamil Nadu project on Distress Migration in Tamil Nadu.
She has worked as Guest Lecturer at Pondicherry University, Assistant Professor at Institute of Technology and Management, Chennai and presently heads the Department of Economics in a private college at Trivandrum. During her stint at these institutions, she has handled various courses both at the Bachelors’ and at the Masters’ level; Microeconomics, Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics, Foreign Policy to name a few.
She has published in various peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at several prestigious conferences held at various places including Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry University, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata etc.
Dr.Ginu Zacharia Oommen is a former Member of the Kerala Public Service Commission (2017-2023). Prior to this he was a Visiting Professor at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme (FMSH), Paris (2016). He has held various fellowships and has been a Visiting Faculty/Visiting Professor at many illustrious universities and think-tanks of repute across the world. Dr. Oommen has had the distinction of being a Hermes Post-Doctoral Fellow(2009) at MIGRINTER (the Centre for International Migration), University of Poitiers- France and an Associate Fellow at the Maison des Sciences de l’homme (MSH), Paris(2009), and was also a Junior Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library- New Delhi (2013).
Dr Oommen had at the beginning of his career served as a Fellow at the think tanks of Ministry of External Affairs -Indian Council for World Affairs – New Delhi (2008), and India Centre for Migration- New Delhi and had also been a Senior Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (2014) , the reputed research centre based in Berlin, as well as being a Visiting Faculty at the Gulf Studies Programme- JNU(2011), New Delhi and Sichuan University- China(2010). A Graduate Fellow of the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2000), Dr. Oommen had also been a Junior Research Fellow at the Harry S Truman Institute for the Development of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2004).
Dr. Oommen completed Masters in Political Science from Madras Christian College (MCC) and PhD from the Centre of West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi on the Jews of Cochin in Israel (2006).
Dr. Oommen’s research areas are migration and international development, with a special focus on Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and South Asia. His areas of specialization include South Asia- Gulf Migration, India-West Asian Relations, Israeli Foreign Policy, Indian Jewish History, Global Migration and Refugee Studies, Social Remittances and Identity, Transnational Religious Organisations. He has conducted extensive field research in Israel, Palestine, France, Kuwait, and Kerala. He has published extensively in academic journals and leading newspapers in India.
Oommen’s major publications include: Ethnicity, Marginality and Identity: The Jews of Cochin in Israel (Manak, 2011), South Asian Migration to Gulf Countries: History, Policies, Development (Routledge, London 2015), Asianization of Migrant Workers in the Gulf Countries (Springer, London 2019). His forthcoming anthology is “The Social Dynamics of Migration: Emerging Identities and Culture in Kerala”.
Edward Anderson is Assistant Professor in History at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. He works on the history and politics of migration and diaspora – with a focus on India and Britain – in the 20th and 21st centuries. Edward’s work has focused in particular on questions around transnational networks, political movements, diasporic identity, and multiculturalism. Before joining Northumbria University in 2020, Edward was the Smuts Research Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge (2015-19). He has also held a postdoctoral position at LMU in Munich, and a number of visiting fellowships including, most recently, at the London School of Economics (LSE) South Asia Centre. He is also an Affiliated Scholar of the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Ashish Lall has a doctorate in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa. He spent twenty-five years in an academic career in Singapore at Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Earlier in his career he worked at Canada Post Corporation, The Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation, and at Abt Associates of Canada.
Ashish has published on a variety of issues and areas including child labour, education, productivity and efficiency measurement, national and regional competitiveness, competition policy, intellectual property law, technology policy and payment systems.
Kuldeepsingh Rajput works at Department of Sociology, Savitribai Phule Pune University as a Visiting Faculty since last four years. Before that, he worked as Assistant Professor at teacher education institute in Pune for six years. Along with this he has worked as a faculty for the course on youth development run by Centre for Lifelong Learning, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai in collaboration with Centre for Youth Development and Activities (CYDA), Pune and for the certificate course designed by TISS and Nehru Yuva Kendra (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, GoI). He is associated with CYDA as a consultant for several activities for youth (especially marginalised and migrants). He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology in which he has attempted to examine the poly-victimisation and hidden vulnerabilities among the young migrant construction workers. His articles are published in peer-reviewed journals. His research interest lies in internal (interstate) labour migration, policy dynamics, and education of children of seasonal migrants, politicisation of migrants, social security, urban migrant youth, urban informality and migration, inclusive cities, qualitative-driven mixed methodology.
Vijayamohanan Pillai N. is currently an Honourary Fellow at Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation, Trivandrum, Kerala. Earlier he worked at the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices, Government of India, New Delhi; Department of Econometrics, University of Madras, Chennai; Stansfield School of Business (London School of Economics Programme), Singapore; and Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He has published seven Books, fifty-five working papers and more than thirty-two journal articles in national and internation journals and edited books.
George Joseph is a Senior Economist in the Water Global Practice of the World Bank. He is a behavioral and applied microeconomist and his research includes impact evaluation, water, climate change, labor economics, migration and remittances and behavioral economics. Some of his recent research focuses on spatial modelling and infrastructure interventions. He has a PhD in economics from Rutgers University, NJ and a MPhil and MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Some of his research can be found at Research.
Dr Happymon Jacob is an Associate Professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He is the founder of the New Delhi based think tank ‘Council for Strategic and Defence Research’. Prior to joining JNU in 2008, he held teaching positions at the University of Jammu in J&K and Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi; and research positions at the Centre for Air Power Studies, Delhi Policy Group, and Observer Research Foundation. He is the author of Line on Fire: Ceasefire Violations and India-Pakistan Escalation Dynamics (Oxford University Press, 2019), and Line of Control: Traveling with the Indian and Pakistani Armies (Penguin Viking 2018). His concurrent engagements with the Indian media include a column with The Hindu and hosting of a weekly video show on national security on The Wire.In.
Arya U R works as an instructor in Learn Oikonomia which offers coaching in UGC NET in Economics. She worked as Assistant Professor and Head-In-Charge in the Department of Economics at Mannaniya College of Arts and Science, Pangode, Kerala. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics with UGC-JRF from the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), affiliated with Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is a First Rank holder in both her Graduation and Post-Graduation in Economics at the University of Kerala and a recipient of the Higher Education Scholarship and Post Graduate Merit Scholarship Scheme for University Rank Holders. She has participated in Teaching Innovations Programme in Economics conducted by the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. She has presented papers at various National and International Conferences. She has many publications in international and national level journals and books.
Parvati Raghuram is Professor in Geography and Migration at the Open University. Her research interests focus on the ways in which the mobility, of individuals, goods and of ideas is reshaping the world. Much of her more recent work explores the migration of skilled and lesser skilled women, particularly those moving from the Indian subcontinent.She has published widely on gender, migration and development and on postcolonial theory. Her most recent AHRC funded project is Decolonising Peace Education in Africa where she is looking at care ethics, an abiding interest. She is also part of the project Migration and Inclusive African Growth and Writing International Student Migration in Africa. Her other research includes work on the IT sector and on international students. She has co-authored Gender, Migration and Social Reproduction (Palgrave), The Practice of Cultural Studies (Sage), Gender and International Migration in Europe (Routledge) and co-edited South Asian women in the diaspora (Berg) and Tracing Indian diaspora: Contexts, Memories, Representations (Sage). She has written for policy audiences having co-authored research papers for a number of think-tanks such as IPPR, UNRISD, the Hamburg Institute of International Economics, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, IPPR and UNRISD and co-edited a special issue of the journal Diversities for UNESCO. She is co-editor of South Asian Diaspora and The Geographical Journal and the Palgrave Pivot series Mobility and Politics.