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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 currently Director, Centre for Employment Studies, Institute for Human Development, Delhi. He was earlier Professor of Economics and Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and full-time Member (2006-09) of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS), in the rank of Secretary, Government of India.

He received his education in the University of Allahabad, the Delhi School of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and 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 six books, five monographs, more than one hundred and ten papers, and has carried out more than thirty-five major research projects sponsored by agencies such as UNICEF, ILO, The World Bank, ESRC (UK), UNFPA, 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, and the V. V. Giri Memorial Award (2009) for research on labour migration.

He is former Chairman of the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur. He has been member and chairperson of a number of committees of the University Grants Commission, MHRD, Planning Commission, and Member of the ICSSR Governing Council for two terms and member of Governing Boards, Academic Council, Executive Council, and Board of Studies of a number of universities and institutes.

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, UNFPA, 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.