Skip to Content

This is Jyoti, student of Political Science, having quality of learning and acquiring new
dimensions to understand subject in the spectrum of behavioural and interdisciplinary mode.
Moto of life is “earn while you learn” and “caring old people” (as much as I can). Started
working after completing M.A. Working as counsellor, office assistant, data collector,
researcher, Lecturer and consultant. Worked on the issue of Thalassemia, Phyilleria
(W.H.O.), Migration and safety nets (ODG), civil society and environmentalism, left behind
Women (CSDS), Student behaviour and School (Working with Fulbright), Financial
behaviour of Poor People (BFA), Political Participation of women in grass root politics
(PDF) etc. Understanding migration through the political lens and exploring new dimensions
on migration. Published a book on Civil Society and Environmentalism in India in 2015.
Presented few national and International papers and chapters in edited books too.

Dr. Irshad CV completed PhD in Economics (Specialisation: Health Economics) from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He completed a bachelor’s and master’s in Economics from the University of Calicut. His Ph.D. thesis titled “Healthy Ageing in India: A Mixed Methods Approach” explored various research questions on healthy ageing in India using both quantitative and qualitative tools. His thesis work proposed the first multi- dimensional Healthy Ageing Index (HAI) for the health status measurement of older adults in India. Two of the core works of his thesis was published in the Journal of Population Ageing, an official journal of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford by Springer. His extended thesis work was also presented at a conference conducted by the Asian Development Bank, Manila, with full funding support from the Government of Japan. Besides his Ph.D. thesis work, he has been extensively collaborating with various researchers in Gerontology, and published works in reputed journals. In 2021, he received a research grant from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, to study social frailty status among older adults in India.

Azeera A Azeez is Vice President at Citibank Singapore, where she manages the divestiture of 13 consumer markets in APAC. She holds an MBA from IIM Kozhikode, and a BTech in Civil Engineering from NIT Warangal. She has worked across Asia in Singapore, Philippines, India and brings a comparative perspective to her research. Her research interests lie in Aging, and building an elderly-friendly society that allows older people to age in place within the community. Her other interests are in behavioral science, design, public policy, and how they interact to create social outcomes

Monika Bisht is a Senior Research Fellow with the International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD). She has worked as Research Fellow with the Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), an international research consortium on international migration and diaspora. She has completed her M.Phil. and PhD from the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. Her PhD is on Diaspora Philanthropy in Higher Education. Her research analyses the impact of philanthropic contributions of NRI alumni on the development of their alma maters. Previously she was a Research Associate with the Institute for Research and Development in School Education (IRDSE). At this institute, she has worked on educational status of school education in India. Before that, she was a part of India Centre for Migration, an autonomous research think-tank of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, where she looked into the matters related to labour migration policies of Colombo process countries. She has studied and worked on various issues related to labour and development since her post-graduation studies. She has a number of publications on international migration, diaspora, labour and education.


Professor Shoba Arun  is Professor of International Sociology in  the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom where is she is Lead for the Research Centre for Communities and Social Justice. Her research interests  relate to global social identities and inequalities with a keen interest in migration studies and actively publishing in many academic journals, book and blogs. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the British Sociological Association and the Global Studies Association, UK. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Work, Employment and Society Journal. Her latest book, Development and Gender Capital in India: Change, Continuity and Conflict in Kerala (Routledge, 2017) adopts a feminist Bourdieusian approach to the gendered economy and society  of the Indian state of Kerala in the global south. She has just completed her role as UK Lead and PI for  the Horizon 2020 Project on MICREATE- Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe, see www.micreate.eu). Previously, she was Professor of International Sociology at the Department of Sociology at the Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom where she was Interim Director of the Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences, and co-convened the Migration and Interdiscplinary Global Studies Research Cluster at Manchester Metropolitan University. 


Mohit is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Harvard University, specialising in issues of labor, migration and climate change across the Indian Ocean, particularly between South Asia and the Gulf states of the Arabian peninsula. Before beginning his PhD, Mohit studied and worked at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), in the United Arab Emirates.

AKM Ahsan Ullah is Associate Professor of Geography, Environment and Development at the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD). He has an extensive research portfolio and has worked with prestigious institutions such as the City University of Hong Kong, IPH at the University of Ottawa, McMaster University, Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie University in Canada, the American University in Cairo (AUC), Osnabruck University, Germany, and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. Dr. Ullah’s research focuses on important global issues such as population migration, human rights, development, globalization, and the environment. He has published 15 books, 60 articles in leading academic journals, and 40 book chapters.

Curriculum vitae

Susanna G. Mitra’s research concerns the social, political, and institutional dynamics of
policymaking in India. Her work is largely informed by concept and theories from political
science, sociology, and public policy. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University
of Manchester, UK and has conducted research on health and social protection of migrant
and displaced communities, and water security in India. She has studied the role of
evidence, identity, regulation, and design in relation to policy development and has
published articles on global governance and public policy processes in India. Her current
work focusses on evidence-based policies in the field of migration and health.


Divya Balan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at FLAME University, Pune, Maharashtra. She teaches courses on Migration, Diaspora, and Refugee Studies at FLAME. She is UGC-NET qualified in International and Area Studies and has twelve years of teaching experience. Dr. Divya taught as Assistant Professor (ad hoc) at the Department of Political Science at Delhi University (Shri Ram College of Commerce and Kamala Nehru College) and the Department of International Relations at the Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod.

Divya holds a doctorate in European Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Her doctoral research investigated the immigrant integration measures of the British Government during the post-multiculturalist phase of 2000-2010, taking the Indian diaspora as a case study. She has visited the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Derby, the UK, on a short-term Europe Area Studies Programme Grant to complete her doctoral thesis.

Divya served as an international visiting fellow of the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 2018. She has also been a migration policy consultant for government, civil society and international organisations. She is a recipient of several scholarships and grants and a member of several academic organisations. Divya has published monographs and research papers in edited books and reputed journals and authored several timely opinion pieces in English and Malayalam for international, national and regional newspapers and magazines, including the Routed Magazine, The Wire, Scroll.in, The New Indian Express, Times of India, Telangana Today, The Aidem, Truecopy Think, etc.

An active public speaker, Divya has presented her works in several public fora, national and international conferences, workshops, and symposiums held at various places, including the University of Basel, Switzerland; WageIndicator Foundation, The Netherlands; Erasmus University, Rotterdam; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh; Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi; Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar; Central University of Kashmir, Srinagar; Manipur University, Imphal; Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; Manipal University; Kerala University; Mahatma Gandhi University; Kannur University, Kerala; etc. Her research interests span international migration, immigration & integration policies of the European countries, the global Indian diaspora, the India-Gulf migration corridor, Non-resident Keralites, migration and refugee governance in India, and internal migration in India.

Sarada Gopalakrishnan graduated with a PhD in Agricultural Economics-Economics in 2021 from the University of Madras, Chennai.  During her PhD., she studied the broad patterns of rural out-migration with particular focus on farmers and agricultural labourers in Tamil Nadu. She completed her Bachelors in Agriculture and Masters in Agricultural Economics from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore. During her studies, she won several meritorious scholarship awards including Pondicherry Government Fellowship, Research grant from Malcolm Elizabeth Adiseshaiah Trust , Prof. Uthandaraman Aiyasamy Proficiency Prizes in Economics, V.C. Rangasamy Memorial Prize and AIBEA Merit Scholarship. 

She has worked in various projects sponsored by the Government of the Union Territory of Pondicherry, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi and recently completed a Government of Tamil Nadu project on Distress Migration in Tamil Nadu. 

She has worked as Guest Lecturer at Pondicherry University, Assistant Professor at Institute of Technology and Management, Chennai and presently heads the Department of Economics in a private college at Trivandrum. During her stint at these institutions, she has handled various courses both at the Bachelors’ and at the Masters’ level; Microeconomics, Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics, Foreign Policy to name a few.

She has published in various peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at several prestigious conferences held at various places including Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry University, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata etc.