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Prof Manish K. Jha

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Community Organisation and Development Practice , School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Delhi)

Prof. Manish K. Jha has B.A in Politics from Hindu College, University of Delhi and M.A. in Social Work from University of Delhi. He has done Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Human Right and Social work from University of Delhi. He had served as a faculty in the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi from 1999 to 2003. He has been a faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences since 2003. His research interest includes poverty and social justice, migration; and middle classes in Indian cities. He has been a visiting fellow at Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London (2009); School of Social Justice, University College Dublin, Ireland (2011); School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK (2013). Prof. Jha has been a visiting faculty at Gothenburg University, Sweden (2013) and Oldenburg University, Germany (2015). He is presently the Vice-President of the Governing Board of Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (http://www.mcrg.ac.in/bm.asp),


Poverty, Social Policy and programmes; Human Rights, Human Development and Human Security; Community Organisation, Social Action and Social Movement; Social Justice; Governance; Livelihood Security; Disaster and Development; Migration; Middle classes and the City. 


Traversing Bihar: Politics of Social Justice and Development. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan. 2014.

Human Rights: Agencies and Agenda, Saloni Publications, New Delhi, 2003.



  • Bihar in the Sixties and Seventies: The Enigmatic Figure of Karpoori Thakur. In Ranabir Samaddar (Ed.), From Popular Movements to Rebellion: The Naxalite Decade, New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • An Income Redistribution Plan will not end poverty, Hindustan Times (Op-Ed). February 12, 2019 (Co-authored)
  • Migration: Contemporary Issues and Concerns, The Indian Journal of Social Work (Special Editorial), 80 (1), 5-8, 2019.
  • On the Political Fringes. The Hindu (Op-Ed), May 8, 2019.https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/on-the-political-fringes/article27061437.ece 9 (Co-authored)
  • मोदी जी के 'अच्छे दिन' और तितलियों के हवाले लोकतंत्र. Satyahindi.com, May 4, 2019.https://www.satyahindi.com/opinion/narendra-modi-loksabha-election-2019-achhe-din-102400.html 
  • Homeless Migrants in Mumbai: Life and Labour in Urban Space in Ranabir Samaddar (eds.) Migrants and The Neoliberal City. Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan. 2018. Pp 123-146. 
  • Review of Annihilation of Caste (The Annotated Critical Edition) by B.R. Ambedkar, Community Development Journal, 54 (1), 158-163, 2019
  • From Kosi to Delhi: Life and Labour of the Migrants in Ranabir Samaddar (eds.) Migrants and The Neoliberal City. Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan. 2018. Pp307-330.
  • 'Migrant Crisis': Crisis, Othering and Border Walls in Mainstream Western Media Discourse". Refugee Watch, 49, June 2017. Pp 42-61
  • Homeless Migrants in Mumbai: Life and Labour in Urban Space. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol LI, Nos 26 &27. June 25-July 2.Pp 67-77. 2016
  • Community organising and political agency: changing community development subjects in India in Rosie R. Meade, Mae Shaw and Sarah Banks (eds.) Politics, power and community development. Bristol: Policy Press. Pp 65-82. 2016.
  • Community Development Practice in India: Interrogating Caste and Common Sense in Mae Shaw and Marjorie Mayo (eds.) Class, Inequality and Community Development. Bristol: Policy Press. Pp 93-106. 2016.
  • Liquid Disaster and Frigid Response: Disaster and Social Exclusion. International Social Work Vol. 58(5) 704–716. 2015.
  • Governing Caste and Managing Conflicts: Bihar, 1990-2011, in Ranabir Samaddar (ed.) “Government of Peace: Social Government, Security and the Problematic of Peace”, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing. 2015.
  • Biopolitics and Urban Governmentality in Mumbai in Sanddro Mezzadra and Ranabir Samaddar (eds.) The Biopolitics of Development. Springer India. 2013.
  • The Idea of Identity card(s) and Experiences of Subaltern Mumbai in Atig Ghosh (Ed.) Branding the Migrant. Frontpage Publications. Kolkata. 2013.
  • Disasters: Experiences of Development during the Embankment Years in Bihar in Ranabir Samaddar and Suhit Sen (eds.) New Subjects and New Governance in India. New Delhi: Routledge. 2012.
  • State, Space and Political Subjects: A Case of Special Economic Zones. Indian Journal of Social Work. Vol 73. Issue 2. April 2012. Pp 157-176.
  • Place of Poor in Urban Space. Policies and Practices. Vol 39. No 1. Kolkata: 2011.
  • ‘Human Security Crises in India: From Fiery Field of a Conflict Zone’ in Malcom McIntosh and Alan Hunter (ed.) Perspectives on Human Security. Greenleaf Publishing. Sheffield. 2010.
  • Gulamia Ab Hum Nahi Bajaibo: People’s Expressions for Justice in Jehanabad in Paula Bannerjee and Sajay Chaturvedi (ed.) Marginalities and Justice, Sage Publication. 2009.
  • Food security in Perspective: Significance of Social Action. Community Development Journal. Vol 44, No. 3 Oxford University Press. Pp 351-366. June 2009.
  • ‘Rights Based Approach and Social Work Academia: Challenges and Responsibilities via-a-vis Child Rights’ in Seema Sharma and Manoj K Jha (ed.) In Opposition to Silence. Alternotes Press. New Delhi. 2009.
  • Food Needs Food for Thought: Starving Children under Globalisation. In. K. Satyarthi and B. Zutshi (Eds.), Globalisation, Development and Child Rights, New Delhi: Shipra Publications, 2006, 71-78.
  • Hunger and Starvation Deaths: Call for Public Action,    Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXVII No.52. December 28, 2002- January 3, 2003. Mumbai.
  • Exclusion of Dalits: A Review from Human Rights Perspective,  Contemporary Social Work (Journal), Department of Social Work, Lucknow University, Lucknow Vol. XIX, April 2002. 




Experience, Aspiration and Struggles: A Study of New Middle Classes in India (Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research)

Department Research Support under Special Assistance Programme (Sponsored by University Grants Commission)

Good Practices in Overcoming Deprivation in India and UK, thematic collaboration between TISS and University of East London (UKIERI- UK India Education and Research Initiative, Sponsored by British Council)

Cities, Rural Migrants and the Urban Poor – Issues of Violence and Social Justice, Calcutta Research Group (Supported by Ford Foundation)

E-Content Project, Social Work, University Grants Commission and Ministry of HUman Resources DEvelopment, Government of India

International Development Project Award from the Animals & Society Institute (ASI) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Erasumus + award with University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland.

City and Data Centre, a collaborative project with WEstern Sydney University and MCRG, Kolkata.

Populism and political Practices, RLS & CRG.


  • Social Policy, Planning and Programme (Postgraduate- TISS)
  • Social action, Advocacy and Movements ((Postgraduate- TISS)
  • Mobilization and Advocacy for Rights of Children and Families (Postgraduate-TISS)
  • Idea of India and Democracy

Email: manishj[at]tiss[dot]edu