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Amit Basole
Associate Professor Azim Premji University

Amit Basole is Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University. He has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Bucknell University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amit’s research combines quantitative and qualitative methods to address poverty and inequality, the structure of the Indian economy, and the economics of informal knowledge. Prior to switching to Economics Amit completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Duke University where his research on the neurophysiology of the mammalian visual system was published in journals such as Nature and Progress in Brain Research. He tweets @amitbasole and his website is here. Click here for his CV.

Senior Research Fellow

Rosa Abraham
Research Fellow Azim Premji University

Rosa completed her PhD  from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. Her research focused on forms of informal labour in India, examining the rise of informalisation in the formal/organised sector and the consequent impacts on productivity and inequality. Prior to her PhD, she worked at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment and taught at Madras School of Economics.  Her research interests include understanding workers’ preferences for alternative work arrangements, the changing nature of informal work and implications for job polarisation in the Indian context.

Research Fellows

Nelson Mandela
Research Fellow Azim Premji University

Nelson Mandela S is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. His on-going PhD work analyses the class dynamics of rural transformation and inequality in Tamil Nadu. He has done MA and MPhil in Economics from the University of Hyderabad. His MPhil dissertation was titled “State, Markets and Tribal Livelihoods: A case study of Paliyars of Tamil Nadu”. His research interests include Agrarian Change, Political Economy, and Tribal Development Approaches in India.

Mrinalini Jha
Research Fellow Azim Premji University

Mrinalini pursued her PhD from the Delhi School of Economics and has submitted her dissertation to the University of Delhi. Her research focused on the economics of discrimination and unequal opportunities in economic well-being, and their impact on growth. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Delhi. Her current research interests include wage polarization over the skill spectrum of workers, along with its intersection with other social identities. Beyond Economics, she is also interested in the related zones of sociology and politics of caste and gender.

Kunal Mangal
Research Fellow Azim Premji University

Kunal Mangal is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Employment at Azim Premji University. His current research focuses on how the competitive examination system for government jobs interacts with the rest of the labour market — including how it affects the unemployment rate, and how it shapes labour market opportunities for women. Kunal received his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2021. His website is available at this link.

Gaurav Gupta
Research Fellow Azim Premji University

An alumnus of University of Delhi, MDI Gurgaon and University of Warwick, Gaurav worked as a banker for most of his professional life of 18 years prior to joining Azim Premji University in Feb21. Immediately before this, Gaurav was consulting with LabourNet- a private sector firm focused on skilling, employment and livelihoods for blue-collared workers in rural and urban India.

He has previously taught as a visiting faculty in Economics and has also published in The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Decision and The Asian Journal of Law and Economics. His recent research work has focused on India’s IT-BPM Industry, MGNREGA, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, India’s Asset Reconstruction Market and role of policy measures in exacerbating rather than limiting the Global Financial Crisis of 2007/08.

Issues concerning livelihoods/ employment and financial inclusion are at the heart of his research interests.

Faculty Fellows

Rajendran Narayanan
Assistant Professor Azim Premji University

Rajendran is an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. He holds a Ph.D in Statistics from Cornell University. Along with Sakina Dorajiwala and Rajesh Golani, he is a founding member of LibTech India. LibTech India is an informal group of researchers and activists that work on questions of transparency and accountability in MGNREGA and the Public Distribution System. The group is engaged with various national rights-based campaigns such as the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and the Right to Food Campaign. They work closely with several civil society organisations in Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Andhra.

Arjun Jayadev
Associate Professor Azim Premji University

Arjun is a Professor of Economics at the School of Arts and Sciences at Azim Premji University in Bangalore, India. He was previously Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also closely involved with the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Arjun’s research straddles macroeconomics, especially issues of debt, balance sheets, the political economy of finance and central banking and macroeconomic policy choices, income distribution and inequality, in particular classical approaches to distribution, and group based inequalities, intellectual property and the economics of power, He has also been closely involved with the CORE economics project.

Deepti Goel
Associate Professor Azim Premji University
Deepti Goel is a faculty member at the School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India. She is also a research fellow at IZA-Institute of Labor Economics, and at Global Labor Organization (GLO). Her main areas of research are Applied Empirical Econometrics and Labor Economics. Some of her recent and ongoing research projects include estimating labour supply, cohort analysis in labour markets, health effects of pollution, measuring teacher quality and perceptions of minority groups. She received her Ph.D. in economics in 2009 from Boston University. 
Paaritosh Nath
Assistant Professor Azim Premji University

Paaritosh Nath is an Assistant Professor at the School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University. He has a PhD from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. His research looked at the dynamics of work, technology and skills as they play out in the Automobile industry of the National Capital Region (NCR). Prior to joining Azim Premji University, he was working as a research fellow with the Karwan-e-Mohabbat. His areas of interest include trajectory of growth of industrial labour markets in India, impact of labour laws on employment and processes of skill acquisition and upgradation.

Surbhi Kesar
Assistant Professor Azim Premji University

Surbhi Kesar is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the School of Arts and Sciences at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. Her research areas include political economy, development economics, labour economics, particularly informality, exclusion, and structural transformation in labour surplus economies. She received her PhD in Economics from South Asian University, New Delhi and has been a Fulbright Fellow at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a coordinator for the Economic Development Working Group of the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and is a Steering Group member for the Diversifying and Decolonising Economics initiative.

Rahul Lahoti
Assistant Professor Azim Premji University

Rahul is Visting Faculty at Azim Premji University. His research focuses mostly on issues of poverty, inequality, labor, gender and political economy. He is interested in understanding women’s participation and experiences in labor markets in India. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen, Germany and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University, New York.

Anand Shrivastava
Assistant Professor Azim Premji University

Anand teaches economics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University. His research includes theoretical and empirical studies of conflict, and of the effects of informal institutions and norms on economic processes, specifically labour markets. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Research Associates

Nishat Anjum
Research Associate Azim Premji University

Nishat is a Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. Prior to joining CSE, she has worked as a Research Associate for an Impact Assessment study of Labour Reforms in India with the Indian Institute of Public Administration. Anjum has also worked as a consultant for Salt and Paper Consulting and interned with the Economic Policy and Research Institute, Cape Town in the field of social protection. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and a Master’s in Economics from Centre of Economic Studies and Planning, JNU. An aspiring feminist economist, her areas of interest are labour, migration, livelihood and employment.

Zaeen de Souza
Research Associate Azim Premji University

Zaeen is a Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. He is interested in empirical work in labour, development economics and political economy. Zaeen has a graduate degree in Economics from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. Prior to CSE, he was an associate at Seva Mandir, Udaipur, where he worked in the Natural Resource Management program.

Pooja C
Research Associate Azim Premji University

Pooja is a Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. Prior to this she interned with Center for Social Justice, Ahmedabad and with Azim Premji University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Central University of Tamil Nadu and a Master’s in Economics from Azim Premji University. Pooja is interested in employment, development issues as well as in the history of economic thought.

Pabitra Chowdhury
Research Associate Azim Premji University

Pabitra is a Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. He has worked on various research projects with fellows and faculty members of the Paris School of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jadavpur University. Pabitra also interned with Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research and Pratichi Institute, Kolkata. He holds a Master’s in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. His interests range from inequality, the informal labour economy, development economics and in understanding unequal opportunities and discrimination of gender and caste identities in the Indian labour market.