Jeemol Unni is a Professor of Economics at the Gujarat Institute of Development
Research, Ahmedabad. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.Phil. in Applied
Economics. She was a
post-doctoral Fellow at the Economic
Growth Center, Department of Economics, Yale University, USA, during 1991 to
She has carried out extensive research on issues concerning rural and
urban labour markets in developing countries. Her special focus in this area is
on the informalisation of labour and production systems and the gender
implications of this process. In addition, her research addresses issues of social protection to informal
workers including both social and economic securities. She has also worked in
the area of education addressing issues of differential returns to education
across gender, economic activity, wage and self-employment, and ethnic groups.
actively collaborates with national and international NGOs in addressing issues
related to workers in the informal sector, particularly women. She is an active
member in the Statistics and Social Protection Groups, of Women in Informal
Employment and Globalising and Organising, (WIEGO), an international
coalition of academics, activists, trade unions and NGOs. She has worked as a consultant to the World
Bank, International Labour Organisation, UNESCAP, to donor agencies such as the
International Development Research Center, Canada and to the NABARD
and SIDBI, specialized banks in India. She was a Senior Research Fellow
(1993) and later a Guest Lecturer (2005) at the Institute
of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. She was also a Ford Fellow at the
International Center for Research on Women, Washington DC (2002).
is a member of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics,
Journal of the Indian Society of Labour Economics, New Delhi.
She has been a member of many national and international committees discussing
issues related to the informal sector. She has published four books and 45
articles in national and international journals and edited volumes.
is currently with the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised
Sector, New Delhi as a special invitee and International Labour Organisation (ILO),
“Globalization and Securing Rights for Women Informal Workers in
Asia”, Journal of Human Development,
5(3), November, 2004.
In Tim Dyson, Robert Cassen and Leela Visaria (edited), Twenty First Century
India: Population, Economy, Human Development and Environment, New Delhi,
Oxford University Press, 2004. With Kirsty McNay and Robert Cassen.
Economy Centrestage : New Structures of Employment,
New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2003. Co-edited with Renana Jhabvala and
Ratna M. Sudarshan.
Protection for Informal Workers: Insecurities, Instruments and Institutional
Mechanisms”, Development and Change,
30(1), January 2003. With Uma Rani.
Women Workers in the Garment Industry in India”, With Namrata Bali, in Radhika
Balakrishnan (edited), The
Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy,
Kumarian Press Inc., Connecticut, USA, 2002.
“Education and Women’s Labour Market Outcomes in India”, Education Economics, 9(2), 2001. With Geeta G. Kingdon.