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Ravi S. Srivastava

Professor and Director Centre for Employment Studies


  • Ph.D. (Cambridge, U.K.)
  • Pre-Ph.D. (CESP, JNU)
  • M.A. (Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University)

Professor Ravi Srivastava is former Professor of Economics and Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and full-time Member of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS), chaired by late Dr. Arjun Sengupta, in the rank of Secretary, Government of India (2006-09).

He received his education in the University of Allahabad, the Delhi School of Economics Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Cambridge, UK.

His main areas of research and publication include labour and employment, migration, social protection, agriculture, rural development and rural poverty, the informal sector, regional development, decentralization, human development, and land reforms. He has published five books, four monographs, more than one hundred papers in national and international journals, and has produced thirty-five research reports and has carried out more than twenty-five major research projects sponsored by agencies such as UNICEF, ILO, The World Bank, ESRC (UK), University Grants Commission, Indian Council for Social Science Research, Shastri Indo-Canadian Foundation and others.

He is a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Commonwealth and the Fulbright Fellowship; the University Grant Commission’s award in economics (2001) for innovative research on poverty, combining qualitative and quantitative methodologies; and more recently, the V. V. Giri Memorial Award (2009) for contribution to research on labour migration.

He is currently Chairman of the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur and Professor and Director, Centre for Employment Studies, Institute for Human Development. He has been member and chairperson of a number of committees of the University Grants Commission, MHRD, Planning Commission, and the ICSSR. Member of the ICSSR Governing Council for two terms between 2005 and 2011 and member of its Research Committee till 2017. He is Member, Governing Board, Institute of Human Development, Delhi, and of the Academic Council, Tata Institute of Social Sciences,

He has performed consultancy and advisory roles for the Planning Commission, Indian Ministries, State governments; International Agencies such as the World Bank, ILO, ADB, UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, IFAD, FAO, JBIC, DFID and SIDA; and numerous other governmental and non-governmental agencies.

He is past President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics and current President of the UP and Uttarakhand Economics Association