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Dr Debdulal Saha

Assistant Professor , Guwahati campus

Centre for Labour Studies and Social Protection , School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Qualification

B.A. (University of North Bengal),
M.A. (University of North Bengal),
Ph.D. (TISS, Mumbai)

Debdulal Saha is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Labour Studies and Social Protection (CLSSP) and Coordinator, Placements of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati Campus. Prior to join TISS, he was post-doctoral fellow and guest lecturer at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), University of Kassel, Germany. He obtained MA (Economics) and BA (Hons.) in Economics from the University of North Bengal and Ph.D from TISS Mumbai. During his Ph.D., he was doctoral fellow at ICDD, University of Kassel, Germany which was funded by German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD). He is author of Informal Markets, Livelihood and Politics: Street Vendors in Urban India (Routledge, 2017), co-author of Financial Inclusion of the Marginalised: Street Vendors in Urban Economy (Springer, 2013) and co-editor of Employment and Labour Market in Northeast India: Interrogating Structural Changes (Routledge, 2018), Work, Institutions and Sustainable Livelihood: Issues and Challenges of Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Food Crisis and its Implication on Labour (Rainer Hampp Verlag, 2013). His areas of interest include: development, poverty, work and employment, informal economy, and urban economy. He was engaged in various research for Global Challenges Research Fund, UK Research and Innovation (GCRF-UKRI), ICDD, United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP), Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), Oxfam Germany (ODE), Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services Society (ARIAS Society) under Govt. of Assam, ONGC, New Delhi, National Alliance for Street Vendors in India (NASVI), Municipal Corporation for Greater Mumbai (MCGM), Hans Böckler Foundation-Germany, International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Indo-Global Society for Social Services (IGSSS). 

  • Development Studies
  • Work and Employment
  • State and Labour
  • Labour Market Institutions
  • Informal Economy
  • Global Value Chain/ Global Production Network
  • Industrial Organisation

Publications

 

Books (Monograph)

  • Saha, Debdulal. 2017. Informal Markets, Livelihood and Politics: Street Vendors in Urban India, London & New York: Routledge (Taylor & Francis).
  • Saha, Debdulal and Sharit K Bhowmik. 2013. Financial Inclusion of the Marginalised: Street Vendors in the Urban Economy, New York & New Delhi: Springer.

Edited Books

  • Xaxa, Virginius, Debdulal Saha and Rajdeep Singha. 2019. Employment and Labour Market in Northeast India: Interrogating Structural Changes, London & New York: Routledge..
  • Xaxa, Virginius, Debdulal Saha and Rajdeep Singha. 2017. Work, Institutions and Sustainable Livelihood: Issues and Challenges of Transformation, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Scherrer, Christoph and Debdulal Saha. 2013. The Food Crisis: Implications for Labour (Eds.), Mering (Germany): Rainer Hampp Verlag. 

Journal Articles

  • Leubolt, Bernhard, Karin Fischer and Debdulal Saha 2014. 'Targeting and Universalism: Complementary or Competing Paradigms in Social Policy? Insights from Brazil, India and South Africa’, International Journal of Labour Research (International Labour Organisation), 6(1), 75-94.
  • Saha, Debdulal. 2011. ‘Collective Bargaining for Street Vendors in Mumbai: Toward Promotion of Decent Work’, Journal of Workplace Rights, 15(3-4): 445-460. 2011.
  • Saha, Debdulal. 2011. ‘Working Life of Street Vendors in Mumbai’, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 54 (2): 301-325. 2011
  • Saha, Debdulal. 2010. ‘Decent Work for the Street Vendors in Mumbai—A Distant Vision’, Journal of Workplace Rights, 14(2): 229-250. 2010.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Saha, Debdulal. 2019. ‘Occupational Health, Risk and Vulnerability: Conditions of Farm Labour on Independent Tea Plantations in India’ in Christoph Scherrer and Katja Radon (Eds.), Occupational Safety and Health Challenges in Southern Agriculture, pp. 156-170, München: Rainer Hampp Verlag.
  • Saha, Debdulal, Rajdeep Singha and Padmini Sharma. 2019. ‘Beyond Standard Outcomes: Structuralisation and Up-gradation of Tea Industry in Assam’, in Virginius Xaxa, Debdulal Saha and Rajdeep Singha (Eds.), Employment and Labour Market in Northeast India: Interrogating Structural Changes, London & New York: Routledge.
  • Saha, Debdulal, Virginius Xaxa and Rajdeep Singha. 2019. ‘Introduction’, in Virginius Xaxa, Debdulal Saha and Rajdeep Singha (Eds.), Employment and Labour Market in Northeast India: Interrogating Structural Changes, London & New York: Routledge.
  • Saha, Debdulal. 2018. ‘Informalisation of Tea Labour: from Plantations to Small Tea Gardens’ in Christoph Scherrer and Santosh Verma (Eds.), Decent Work Deficits in Southern Agriculture: Measurements,  Drivers and Strategies, Mering (Germany): Rainer Hampp Verlag.

  • Saha, Debdulal, Virginius Xaxa and Rajdeep Singha. 2017: ‘Introduction’, in Virginius Xaxa, Debdulal Saha and Rajdeep Singha (Eds.), Work, Institutions and Sustainable Livelihood: Issues and Challenges of Transformation, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Saha, Debdulal. 2016: ‘Social Security for Urban Informal Workers: Street Vendors in Mumbai’ in Anand Kumar, Ashish Kumar Das & Sarada Prasanna Das (Eds.), Chronic Poverty in India: Policy Issues and Challenges, New Delhi: Vitasta Publications.

  • Saha, Debdulal. 2014. ‘Public Space and Livelihood Security in the Urban Economy: The Case of Street Vendors in Mumbai’. In K. Fakier and E. Ehmke (Eds.), Socio-Economic Insecurity in Emerging Economies: Building New Spaces, London & New York: Routledge Earthscan.

  • Saha, Debdulal. 2014. ‘Decent Work for Urban Informal Economy: The case of Street Vendors in Mumbai’ in Sharit Bhowmik (Ed.), The State of Labour: Global Financial Crisis and its Impact on Labour, London & New Delhi: Routledge.

  • Saha, Debdulal and Christoph Scherrer. 2013. ‘Introduction: The Neglected Labor Dimension’ in Scherrer, Christoph & Saha, Debdulal (Eds.). The Food Crisis: Implications for Labor, Mering (Germany): Rainer Hampp Verlag (Christoph Scherrer). (ISBN 978-3-86618-393-3)

     

Others

  • Saha, Debdulal, Chitrasen Bhue and Rajdeep Singha. 2019. 'Decent Work for Tea Plantation Workers in Assam: Constraints, Challenges and Prospects', Available at https://tiss.edu/uploads/files/TISS_Study_2019_Decent_Work_for_Tea_Plantation_Workers_in_Assam_Web.pdf and https://www.oxfam.de/system/files/tiss-report-decent-work-tea-plantation-workers-assam.pdf.
  • Bhowmik, Sharit and Debdulal Saha. 2012. ‘Street Vending in Ten Cities in India’, Available at     http://www.streetnet.org.za/docs/research/2012/en/NASVIReport-Survey.pdf, Access on 18 June 2012 (Co-authored with Sharit K. Bhowmik).
  • Bhowmik, Sharit and Debdulal Saha. 2011 ‘Financial Accessibility of the Street Vendors in India: Cases of Inclusion and Exclusion’ http://wiego.org/sites/wiego.org/files/publications/files/Bhowmik_Saha_StreetVendors_India_UNDP-TISS.pdf.
  • Saha, Debdulal. 2010. “Decent Work Deficit’ of Self-employed Workers in the Urban Informal Sector: Evidence from street vending in Mumbai”, in the 6th International Conference, Global Labour University and Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany; Available at http://oldlace.ilo.org/record/433764?ln=fr.
  • Saha, Debdulal. 2010. 'Conditions of ‘Decent Working Life’ of Street Vendors in Mumbai’, available at http://www.ilo.org/legacy/english/protection/travail/pdf/rdwpaper27c.pdf. 2010.

Citations (Publication): 

https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=OQO8LzEAAAAJ&hl=en

https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=57085984300

 

  • 2020 (on-going): ODA Partner (India), Negotiating Livelihoods and Rights in Contested Urban Space: Politics of Street Trading in Mumbai, funded by Global Challenges Research Fund, UK Research and Innovation (GCRF-UKRI), UK, (Principle Investigator: Dr Hesam Kamalipour, Cardiff University, UK)
  • 2019 (on-going), Principal Investigator, ‘Study on labour Influx under the Civil Works of Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART)’, funded by World Bank and Government of Assam. (with Rajdeep Singha and Chitrasen Bhue)

  • 2019. Principal Investigator, ‘Decent Work for Tea Plantation Workers in Assam: Constraints, Challenges and Prospects’, funded by Oxfam Germany. (with Rajdeep Singha and Chitrasen Bhue)

  • 2018-2019. Principal Investigator, Social Impact Assessment on Corporate Social Responsibility, funded by ONGC, New Delhi. (with Rajdeep Singha and Chitrasen Bhue).

  • 2016-2018. Scientific supervisor, ‘Value Chain and Decent Work: Study of Small Tea Growers in India’ supported by International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD).

  • 2015-2017: Project Supervisor, ‘Multidimensional Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment Survey in Selected Three Districts of Meghalaya, India’, Supported by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu (Nepal) (Principle Investigator: Rajdeep Singha).

  • 2013 – 2015: Researcher, ‘Organising Vulnerable Workers: A Comparison of Ghana, India and South Africa’ (ongoing), Research Cluster 4.03, funded by International Center for Development of Decent Work (ICDD), Germany.

  • 2013 – 2014: Researcher, ‘Combating Inequality in Labour Market and Social Welfare Policies’ initiated by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung and International Labour Organisation (ILO).

  • 2013 : Research Supervisor, ‘Public Space Identification for Street Vendors in Mumbai’ supported by Municipal Corporation for Greater Mumbai (MCGM), Mumbai. for TISS.

  • 2010 – 2012: Researcher, ‘Work, Livelihoods and Economic Security in the 21st Century: India, South Africa and Brazil’, Research Cluster, supported by International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), Germany.

  • 2011: Project Coordinator, ‘Financial Accessibility of Street Vendors: Cases of Inclusion and Exclusion’ supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA) for TISS.

  • 2009: Project Coordinator, ‘Street Vending in Ten Cities in India’ supported by National Alliance of Street Vendors in India (NASVI), 2009 for TISS.

Dr. Saha teaches the following courses at various levels at TISS Guwahati Campus:

  • Labour markets, state and development (TC04 for integrated MPhil-PhD Programme) 
  • Economics and labour-I (LSSP01 for MALSSP)
  • Labour market theories (LSSP17 for MALSSP)
  • Trade Union Movements (CBCSLSSP01)
  • Tea Industry in India (LSSP23)
  • Informal economy and informal employment (LSSP05 for MALSSP)
  • Labour in north east India (LSSP23 for MALSSP)
  • Social protection and state (LSSP10 for MALSSP)
  • Industry and labour (IL for BASS)
  • Theories of Economic Development (DC07 for BASS)
  • Classical political economy (DC12 for BASS)

Email: debdulals[at]tiss[dot]edu

Centre for Labour Studies & Social Protection (CLSSP)
School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSSH)
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Guwahati Campus
Tetelia Road (Behind Assam Science and Technology University),
Jalukbari, Guwahati- 781013
Assam, INDIA
Email: debdulals@gmail.com; debdulals@tiss.edu
Tel. No. +91-361-2739500 (Extn. 9327)