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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.

Faculty

Rosa Abraham
Assistant Professor Azim Premji University

Rosa is interested in issues relating to India’s labour market. Her research focuses on informal work and women’s employment with particular interest in issues at the intersection of labour statistics and women’s work. At the Centre for Sustainable Employment, she has been involved in the State of Working India reports and in the two primary surveys – India Working Survey and Covid-19 Livelihoods Survey, conducted by the Centre. Before joining the University, Rosa worked as a researcher at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment and prior to that as a Lecturer in Madras School of Economics.

Research Fellows

Diti Goswami
Research Fellow Azim Premji University

Diti Goswami is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. She has recently submitted her thesis at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Her research focuses on the various aspects of employment and productivity of Indian manufacturing, such as the impact of the labour reforms, the cyclicality of the components of productivity growth and the reallocation of jobs. In addition, she is also interested in the employment dynamics of the Indian labour market during the pandemic. Her work has been published in journals like International Journal of Manpower, Economic and Political Weekly, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resource Development International. Her website is available at this link.

Satheesha B.
Research Fellow Azim Premji University

Satheesha B is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. His on-going PhD work attempts to understand the factors which influence rural employment diversification in India. Further, it tries to answer how changes in employment are associated with the broader process of structural transformation of the Indian economy. As a part of his doctoral research he has conducted field survey in southern Karnataka to understand the micro-level dynamism of the rural labour market. He has completed MPhil in Applied Economics from Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum. His research interests include labour, agriculture, development and inequality.

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 a Lecturer at the Department of Economics at SOAS University of London. She is also a visiting faculty at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. She received her PhD in Economics from South Asian University, New Delhi and has been a Fulbright Fellow at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests are broadly in the fields of political economy and economic development, particularly focusing on issues of informality and exclusion, processes of structural transformation and capitalist transition, issues of identity, and approaches towards decolonising the economics discipline. She is a Steering Group member for the Diversifying and Decolonising Economics initiative, and an editorial board member of the Review of Political Economy journal. She is a co-project lead for curating Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) education platform and a coordinator of the Young Scholars Initiative of the INET.

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
Associate 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

Kasturi Kandalam Y.
Research Associate Azim Premji University

Kasturi’s interests lie at the intersection of development, data, labor, and policy. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Economics from Azim Premji University. Her honours work was on the emergence of Andhra’s Software Industry. Previously, Kasturi worked as a Researcher at the Development Impact Evaluation wing of the World Bank and also as a Research Scholar at the Vidhana Soudha, Karnataka Secretariat.

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.