Dr. Ellina Samantroy is a working as Fellow at the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute. She has a Doctorate in Sociology from Centre for Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has also completed her M.A and MPhil in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before joining this institute she was Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Vasant Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Banaras Hindu University and has also taught at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. She has more than 17 years of professional experience in teaching, training and research in the subject Sociology and in the area of Gender and labour issues particularly, in the area of Gender Statistics, Unpaid work, Time Use Studies, Work and Family Life Balance, Gender and Social protection, Child Labour, Gender and Labour laws and International Labour Standards. She is the co-ordinator of the Research Centre for Gender and Labour at the institute. She is also the co-ordinator for International networking between VVGNLI and ITC-ILO Turin, Italy and co-ordinates various activities under the collaboration. She is the Associate Editor of Indradhanush (Bi-monthly newsletter of VVGNLI).
She has undertaken several research projects with both international organizations like the UNICEF, World Bank, the ILO, ITC-ILO, Turin and also at the institute. Some of the major research studies that she has undertaken include; Women’s Paid and Unpaid Work: Insights from the Time Use Survey and Methodological Issues (2022); VVGNLI-UNICEF study on ‘State of Child Workers in India: Mapping Trends (2017), Unpaid Work and Time Use Patterns of Women Workers in North East India: Special reference to Tripura (2018), ‘Women in the Urban Economy and Employment’, (2018) undertaken for India Urban Knowledge Platform, World Bank, New Delhi, An Overview of Laws, Policies and Practices on Sexual Harassment and Violence Against Women Workers in Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka (2019) for the ILO, New Delhi, Evaluation study of the National Child labour Project Scheme (2020) commissioned by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.
She organizes international and national level training programmes on various themes like; International Labour Standards and Promotion of Gender Equality at the Workplace, Research Methods in Gender issues in Labour, Gender and Labour Issues, Gender Labour Laws and International Labour Standards, Labour Reforms in India, Gender, Work and Social Protection, etc and the VVGNLI–ITC, Turin one year Training Programme on “Employment Policies: Moving from Fragility to Resilience” for Afghan nationals.
She has published extensively with more than 50 publications in the form of books, research monographs, several papers and articles in peer-reviewed and reputed academic journals, chapters in edited volumes, book reviews and articles in newspapers and digital dailies. She has authored five books titled ‘Gender, Unpaid Work and Care in India (2022), Routledge ; ‘Changing Youth Culture in India: A Study of Young Urban Professionals’(2017); Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany; ‘Globalization and Social Change in India’ (2012); Rawat Publications, Sociology of Indian Society (2011) and Social Problems (2011) Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi.
Some of her recent publications include a Compendium paper on “Landscaping Prevalence and trends in Child Work and Schooling and their intersection in India” (2021) published from UNICEF Innocenti, Italy; “Evidence on educational strategies to address Child Labour in India and Bangladesh: Scoping paper” (2021), Florence: UNICEF Innocenti ; ‘Women’s Participation in Domestic Duties and Paid Employment in India’,(2020) Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Springer, India; ‘Violence in Times of Covid 19:Lack of Legal Protection for Women Informal Workers’,(2020), Economic and Political Weekly, Engage, September 2020 (co-authored); ‘Covid 19 and its implication for Indigenous Communities: Responding to the Insecurities and Vulnerabilities’, (2020) NCC Review, September (co-authored); ‘Women’s Work in India: Updates from Periodic Labour Force Survey’(2020) ,Labour and Development, June, 2020 (co-authored); ‘The Invisible Workers: Capturing Home based Work in India’ (2019), Antyaja Journal of Women and Social Change , Sage Publications; ‘Women Entrepreneurship in India: Evidence from Economic Census’ (2018), Social Change, Sage ; ‘Care Policies and Reconciliation of Work and Family Life: Experiences of Women Workers’ (2017),Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Springer, India; Regulating International Labour Migration: Issues in the context of Recruitment Agencies in India (2014), Contemporary South Asia, Routledge etc. She has also been a member of the Expert Committee constituted by the National Commission for Women in 2019 and published two modules on Gender Sensitization and Legal Awareness for Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.She has authored the BRICS paper on ‘Participation of Women in the Labour Force’ for the Employment Working Group in 2021 for the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
She has presented several research papers in various International and National Conferences and seminars including a conference on ‘Building Research Collaboration with India and Kyrgystan to explore the role of Universities in developing skills for Smart cities (2019) Glasgow, United Kingdom; ‘International Conference on “Long-term Perspectives on Home based Work (2018) at Stockholm, Sweden; the 38th International Conference on Time Use Research (2016), Seoul National University, Korea and 37th International Conference on Time use Research (2015) at Ankara, Turkey. She has undergone training on Labour Market Statistics at International Training Centre of the ILO at Turin, Italy in 2015 and has been a part of the Indian Delegation for the 80th Session of the Board of the International Training Centre (ITC) of the ILO in 2017.
She has been a resource person to several Universities and institutions in India and delivered special lectures at National Academy of Statistical Administration, (MOPSI), Greater Noida, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi, Ambedkar University, National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development (NILERD), Arjun Singh Centre for Distance Learning, Jamia Millia Islamia , Indian Institute of Public Administration and Malviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University. She has also delivered Video and Radio talks for National Institute of Open Schooling and radio talks for Gyan Vani, IGNOU. She is also involved in reviewing and developing academic curriculum and e-content of various Universities and institutions in India