Dhanya M B is working as Associate Fellow (Faculty) at the VV Giri National Labour Institute. She has obtained PhD from University of Kerala in Economics on the subject of women empowerment. She had been a member of Tripartite Working Group under the Chairmanship of Chief Labour Commissioner (C) to facilitate the process of the ratification of the ILO convention No 87 & 98, Ministry of labour and Employment, GoI (2013-14). Her current research interest includes: Youth, labour and employment; Informal economy and labour rights; Gender statistics and gender issues in Labour; Microfinance; Economics and public policy.
Currently, she is working on the research project titled Informalisation of labour and its impact- a study with special focus on youth (2017). She has completed research projects on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and informal economy in India (2013), and ‘Engendering Gender Statistics (2012), published in NLI Research Study Series. She authored a book titled ‘Rural Women Mobilisation in the Empowerment Process: An Experience from Kerala State, India (2013)’ and also co-edited a book titled “Worker’s Rights and Practices in the Contemporary Scenario: an over view (2014) published by VVGNLI.
She coordinates training programmes on different subjects like Research methods on Gender, poverty and informal economy, Course on various methods in Microfinance Research, Gender issues in Labour, Youth Employability Skills, Leadership Development, Social Security, Strengthening Awareness on Labour Issues and Laws Pertaining to Women etc. In addition, she has also coordinated national level workshops/seminar on different areas related to labour and employment.
She has been invited as resource person/guest faculty/jury member for delivering lectures/sessions by various academic institutions on various themes related to gender, social security, labour and employment. She also delivered lectures in various national and international programmes organized by VVGNLI. She has been involved in various policy initiatives of Ministry of Labour and employment, Government of India on various subjects such as comments for 316 Session of Governing Body- ILO on social protection floors and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; prepared background material for the 101 ILC at Geneva, examined the ratification of the ILO conventions No 98, 87, 138 &182, etc; comments for recommendation no 149 concerning rural workers organization under article 19 of the constitution, to mention a few.
She also published several research articles in different journals in national and international level and chapters in edited books. Some of her article publications include: Labour Force Participation, Composition, Skill Requirement and Future Challenges: An investigation for the hill state Uttarakhand (Forthcoming, 2017), Rights at Work and Informal Economy in India: Recent Trends and Challenges (Forth coming, 2017), Engendering Labour Statistics: A Cross Country Comparison of Gender Differentiated Statistics (Social Change-Sage publications, 2014), Changing Trends of Gender in Labour Force: Exploring through Labour Statistics (Manpower Journal- New Delhi, 2012), Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Managing social issues – perspectives from Capability Approach (Macmillan publisher-New Delhi, 2011), Women Entrepreneurship through Microfinance (Labour and Development- 2011), Multidimensional Poverty Index: Relevance and application in Indian Context (Allied Publishers-New Delhi, 2011), Youth empowerment through microfinance: A case study on Yuvashree programme of Rural Kerala (Global Research Publications-New Delhi, 2011), Inclusive growth through financial inclusion (Vijay Nicole Publications-Chennai 2011), Accessing higher education among OBC Muslim: Special reference to Muslim women in Kerala (VL Media solutions-New Delhi, 2012), Micro finance, Women Empowerment and Banking Habit: Perspectives on Kerala (THE MicroFINANCE REVIEW-BIRD, 2010), Women empowerment and microfinance: Case study from Kerala (MPRA Paper-Germany, 2010), Human Rights and Gender Equality (Discovery Publishers- New Delhi 2009), Indian Youth and Demographic Transition (SSRN Paper- New York, 2010), Book review on Globalisation, Development and Transition: Conversations with Eminent Economists (Capital & Class- UK, 2011).
She has presented research papers in national and international conferences organized by IGIDR, IRMA, RGNIYD, French Institute, Institute of public enterprises etc on various themes like Indebtedness and Social Exclusion, Relevance of Policy Reforms on Development: Challenges before Emerging Economies, Redesigning social science research: Suitable methodologies for public action, to mention a few. She is also involved in the course writing for Masters programme in Labour and Development (IGNOU, New Delhi). She was in the editorial board of Awards Digest, Journal of Labour legislation during 2011-15.