Ardra Manasi is a development practitioner based in New York City, with expertise in gender policy, migration, and technology for development. She currently works at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), based out of Rutgers University as a Senior Program Coordinator. In 2017, she served as a Policy Consultant with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), where her work focused on migration and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For Plan International’s UN Liaison Office and UN Women, through partnerships with the New School University in New York, she helped develop digital and social media strategies.
Ardra holds a Master of Arts (MA) in International Affairs from the New School, New York City, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India. Her writings on global development have appeared in Agenda for International Development (A-id), The News Minute, Huffington Post, Madras Courier, Countering Violent Extremism Initiative, and elsewhere. Her co-authored papers and chapters have appeared in peer reviewed journals such as ‘Human Technology,’ ‘Gender, Technology and Development,’ ‘Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research’ and ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Migration’ (Routledge India, Forthcoming). On Twitter, she is @ArdraManasi.
Arun Balachandran is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Maryland. He received his PhD in demography from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in 2020. He did his pre-doctoral training at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, India, and has a background in the discipline of economics with a Master’s degree from the Madras School of Economics, India. He worked towards ‘Population Ageing in Europe and Asia: Beyond Traditional Perspectives’ during his PhD, where he developed new measures of population ageing for comparisons across Europe and Asia, with a particular focus on gender. His works has been published in Ageing & Society, Journal of Ageing and Health, SSM-Population Health, Economic & Political Weekly and The Lancet.
His research interests are interdisciplinary and intersects across demography, gender, population ageing, and quantitative methodology. He is a member of the Early Career Taskforce of the International Union for Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and has received the KB Pathak Memorial Award in 2019, given by the Indian Association for the Study of Population, for his methodological innovation in the field of Population and Health. Previously, he was working with the Population Council, New Delhi. In addition to his work on population ageing, he is currently working on the WEDGE project– that evaluates measures of gender empowerment with a global focus, and the India Human Development Survey– that develops, administer and analyze different measures of social and gender empowerment.
Jonathan Crush is a Professor in the School of International Policy and Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and held the CIGI Research Chair in Global Migration and Development from 2012-2019. He recently completed a ten-year term as Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa,and is now Professor Extraordinary at the University of Western Cape, South Africa.He founded the Southern African Migration Programme (www.samponline.net) and is the Director of the Hungry Cities Partnership (www.hungrycities.net) and its new Migration and Food Security (MiFOOD) Project in partnership with IIMAD. He has researched and published extensively on global and African migration and development issues including the books Zimbabwe’s Exodus: Crisis, Migration, Survival and Mean Streets: Migration,Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa.
Anu Abraham is a Ph.D. Scholar in Economics from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. Her PhD focuses on the interaction between migration and development. Her primary research focus is in the area of development economics with a focus on migration, remittances, labour and human capital. She also works on inequality, economic and social mobility analysis and gender. She is currently working as Assistant Professor at the School of Economics, NMIMS (deemed to be) University. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on research methodology, development economics and public finance and policy.
Mohd Imran Khan is currently teaching at School of economics, NMIMS, Mumbai. He has completed his Ph.D. (Economics) at Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has taught courses both at graduate and undergraduate level. He has also been associated with different national and international organizations as part of various research projects related to poverty, housing, employment and inequalities in India. His primary interests are in the field of labour and development economics. Specific topics of interests include labour migration, labour markets in developing countries, education, remittances, health, social and economic inequality, housing, employment, and programme evaluation.
Kavita has 17 plus years of experience in Academics, Psychological assessments and People development initiatives. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Kerala and is a certified psychometrician from CII. She has been a master facilitator for multiple companies in designing and facilitating competency-based management systems in India and South-East Asian countries. Currently, she is serving for Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, a deemed university as Assistant Professor in the Psychology department
Her expertise lies in designing and administration of Psychometrics, Psychological tools, Assessment development centres, CBM, Soft Skill Training, Entrepreneurial Development, Motivational talks, and Research and data interpretations. She held senior-level roles and led projects and processes in India, Srilanka, Middle-east, and Indonesia. Besides, she had been the guest faculty with multiple premium educational institutes in India and also the soft skill trainer with corporate houses and govt. agencies. She has 350 plus ADCs and 1000 above personal interviews for different work settings to her credit. She is a regular columnist with one of the regional papers and also periodically contributes through talk shows in Doordarshan about various psychological aspects.
Anjana Rajagopalan is currently a Policy Analyst with the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability in Delhi. She is a trained economist with a PhD in Labour Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Her doctoral thesis focused on workforce diversification patterns and trends in India since the 1980s, stressing on drivers of structural change in India’s employment scenario over time and also investigating the premature deindustrialization hypothesis in India. Anjana’s research has been a synthesis of theoretical and empirical investigations along with contemporary policy dynamics on the subjects of employment, skills, migration and urbanisation. She has worked as a Young Professional with the erstwhile Planning Commission of India in the Perspective Planning Division. She is also a guest researcher at the University of Cologne.
Rakesh Ranjan Kumar is a trained economist with a PhD in Labour Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. His doctoral thesis focused on issues of youth employment, skill development and technology interface in India since 1991. His MPhil from Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum investigated the dynamics of economic mobility, migration and capability using data from the Kerala Migration Surveys. He has worked intensively in the fields of employment, skills and migration. He has also conducted field surveys for some ILO projects and has taught under-graduate courses of economics at Munger and Delhi Universities.
Arjun Singh Bedi is Deputy Rector for Research and Professor of Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Prior to joining ISS, he held positions at the University of Bonn and Columbia University. His research focuses on labour and human resource economics in developing countries. His work has been published in several international economics and development studies journals including European Economic Review, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Health Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Applied Economics, Labour Economics, Economics of Transition, Economics of Education Review and World Development.
Margaret Walton-Roberts is a professor in the Geography and Environmental studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University, and affiliated to the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo Ontario. She has published widely in issues related to gender and migration, and global health professional migration. Her forthcoming edited collection is Global Migration, Gender and Health Professional Credentials: Transnational Value Transfers and Losses due to be published by University of Toronto Press in 2021.