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Prof Vijay Raghavan

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Criminology and Justice , School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

M.A. (TISS), Ph.D. (TISS)

Vijay Raghavan, MA in Social Work with Specialisation in Criminology and Correctional Administration (TISS) and Ph.D. in Social Work (TISS).

Working with the Centre for Criminology and Justice (CCJ), School of Social Work, TISS, since 2005, and currently as a Professor with the Centre.

Prior to 2005, Project Director, Prayas: Social Work in Criminal Justice, a field action project of the CCJ, engaging with issues of protection of legal rights and social re-entry of criminal justice clients, with a special focus on women, children and youth. Part of Prayas since 1990, as its first social worker and continues his involvement with it till date, as faculty-in-charge.

Nominated by TISS in 1995 to participate in the six-week Gender Planning Training Project (GPTP) organized by the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, U.K. and the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administration Academy, Mussoorie, as part of the Uttar Pradesh team to develop and implement a Gender Sensitisation Training Module for police officers.

Member of the Police-TISS Committee set up by the Director General of Police, Maharashtra, in 1993, on “Need for a Cadre of Trained Social Workers in the Criminal Justice System”.

Involved in training of police, prison and judicial officers both at the state and national level on issues such as gender, human rights, prisoners’ rights, correctional laws, anti-trafficking, and re-entry of crime affected persons.

Member, Inter-Departmental Committee on Prisoners; Advisory Committee on Prevention of Immoral Trafficking; Committee on Prevention of Atrocities against Women and Law (2011-14); and Justice Radhakrishnan Committee on Prison Reforms, Maharashtra (2017-18).

Member, Board of Studies, College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai University

Member, Board of Studies, Department of Social Work, SNDT University, Mumbai

Vice Chairperson, Indian Society of Criminology

Primary research interests include access to justice and prison reforms, social work practice in criminal justice, human trafficking, youth offender studies, rehabilitation of custodial populations, homelessness and penalisation of poverty, and implementation of correctional laws.

Some recent research projects (completed and ongoing)

National Research Study on Human Trafficking in India, 2019 (report submitted to Ministry of Women and Child Development, GOI).

Scoping Study on Social Work Intervention in Maharashtra Prisons, 2018

Socio-Economic Profile and Rehabilitation Needs of Muslims Community in Prisons in Maharashtra, 2011

Making Street Children Matter: A Census Study in Mumbai, 2014


Recent publications:

Menezes, S. and Raghavan, V. (2019). Criminal justice social work in India: Conceptualising from teaching and practice. In Indigenizing social work practice in India, (Eds.) Popli Ushvinder kaur and Singh, Ashvini Kumar, New Delhi: Bloomsbury India.

Prison reforms crucial to refining the justice system:


Examining prisoners’ rights at election time:


Mark E. Courtney, Suo Deng, Anjali Dave, Vijay Raghavan, and Bong Joo Lee. (2019). The transition to adulthood for marginalized youth. In Social exclusion in cross-national perspective (Eds.) Robert J. Chaskin, Bong Joo Lee, and Surinder Jaswal, New York: Oxford University Press.

CCJ and ICA. (2018). Handbook on government schemes for prison officers: Towards integration and inclusive governance

Tarique, M. and Raghavan, V. (2018). Penalising poverty: A case of the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959. In Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LIII, No. 22 (June 2, 2018), pp. 26-30.

Vineetha, S. and Raghavan, V. (2018). Vocational training in Indian prisons. In In Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LIII, No. 16 (April 21, 2018), pp. 36-41.

Raghavan, V. (2018). The criminal inside us: Violence against women. In The Equator Line 22, Vol. 6, Issue 1 (January-March, 2018), pp. 28-40.

Raghavan, V. (2017). Exploring the underworld: Some methodological challenges. In Knowing the social world: Perspectives and possibilities, Jayaram, N. (Ed.), pp. 191-207, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.

Raghavan, V. and Menezes, S. (2017). Prayas. Demonstrating Criminal Justice Social Work. In Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol. 78 (2) (April 2017), pp. 225-254.

Raghavan, V. and Tarique, M. (2017). Koshish. The Homeless and the Destitute Matter. In Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol. 78 (2) (April 2017), pp. 283-308.

Raghavan,  V., & Mishra, S. (2017). The influence of social work within the  Indian criminal justice system: A crticial overview. In Demystifying criminal justice social work in India, M. D. Chong  & A. P. Francis (Eds.), pp.3-32, New Delhi: Sage Publications

Nair,  R., & Raghavan, V. (2017). Reviving criminal justice social work  through probation in India: Historical solutions to contemporary  problems. In Demystifying criminal justice social work in India, M. D. Chong & A. P. Francis (Eds.), pp.127-144, New Delhi: Sage Publications

Bokil, M. And Raghavan, V. (2016). Women and children as victims and offenders: A case of de-notified tribes in India. In Women and children as victims and offenders: Background, prevention, reintegration (Vol.I), Kury, H., Redo, S., and Shea, E. pp. 755-790, Zurich: Springer International Publishing

Raghavan V. (2016). Under trial prisoners: Long wait for justice. In Economic and Political Weekly, Vol LI (4), January 23, pp. 17-19.

Raghavan, V. and Mishra, S. (2015): A situational analysis of minority communities among nomadic and de-notified tribes: A study of Maharashtra, Mumbai: TISS

Raghavan, V. and Mishra, S. (2015). Modernisation of traditional skills among OBCs: Livelihood programmes for nomadic, semi-nomadic and de-notified communities in Maharashtra, Mumbai: TISS

Raghavan, V. (2015). Indian criminal justice system: Voices from field. In Indian Police Journal, Vol. LXII (1), pp. 4-15.

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Association with Field Action Projects:

1. Prayas


2. Koshish




4. Pehel


Courses currently teaching:

1. Social Group Work (2 Credits)

2. Criminology: Trends and Perspectives (2 Credits)

3. Contemporary Debates in Criminal Justice (2 Credits)

4. Critical Perspectives on Social Work: Introduction to Social Theories (2 credits)



Email: vijay.r[at]tiss[dot]edu

Phone: +91-22-25525461