Professor of Economics, Institute of Rural Management Anand

Jeemol Unni is Professor of Economics at Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). Earlier, she was Director and Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor in Rural Economics at IRMA. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Economics and held Visiting Fellow positions at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and International Center for Research on Women, Washington DC.

Her research and teaching focus on economic and social policy, issues of informalisation of labour and production systems and the gender implications of this process. Her recent research is on the linkages between growth of higher education and the changing profile of jobs due to technology. In addition, her research addresses issues of social protection.

She was a special invitee and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Consultant with the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, New Delhi. She is a Director (Member of the Governing Board) of Women in Informal Employment, Globalizing and Organising (WIEGO), a Company with Charity Status, registered in the UK. She has been a member of various national and international advisory bodies. She is on the Editorial Board of The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, New Delhi. She has written several books and published articles in national and international journals.

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Professor of Economics, Institute of Rural Management Anand
  • 2011–2016
    Director, Institute of Rural Management Anand

Education

  • 1989 
    Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research, Gujarat University, Ph.D.
  • 1981 
    Center for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Jawaharlal Nehru University, M.Phil

Publications

  • 2016
    Skill Gaps and Employability: Higher Education in India, Journal of Development Policy and Practice
  • 2014
    Rural Livelihoods in Transition, Indian Journal of Labour Economics
  • 2013
    Ecology and Economy: Quest for a socially informed connection, Orient Blackswan
  • 2013
    Wages and Informal Labour Markets in India: Whither premiums on human capital investments, Indian Journal of Labour Economics
  • 2013
    Measuring Informality of Employment in Urban India, Indian Journal of Labour Economics
  • 2009
    Do Economic Reforms Influence Home-based Work in India? Evidence from India, Feminist Economics
  • 2003
    Flexibility of Labour in Globalizing India: The Challenge of Skills and Technology, Tulika Books

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Scaling Digital Financial Services
    Role:
    Project Director
    Funding Source:
    J.P. Morgan Ltd, USA
  • 2016
    Women Entrepreneurs in the Indian Urban Middle Class
    Role:
    Project Director
    Funding Source:
    Indian Council of Social Science Research
  • 2012
    Informal Employment, Poverty and Growth in India and China,
    Role:
    Project Director
    Funding Source:
    International Development Research Centre
  • 2012
    Impact of higher education on economic restructuring, occupational change and access to career opportunities in Brazil and India
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Indian Society of Labour Econmics