Dr. S.K. Sasikumar is an economist by training and holds a Ph.D. degree in the discipline. He has nearly 35 years of research and training experience in the domain of labour studies. His main areas of professional interests include: labour migration, future of work, labour market analysis, and research methods.
He has been associated as a Member of major National Level Commissions/Technical Committees like Study Group on Globalisation, Second National Commission on Labour (2002); Committee on Emigration Act, Government of India (2003-04); Committee to Review Legislations on Labour Migration, Government of India (2009-10); Standing Committee on Labour Force Statistics, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India (2017-18, which initiated the Periodic Labour Force Survey in India); Member, Expert Group on Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India Surveys on Migrant Workers and Domestic Workers (ongoing); Member, Expert Group on Labour Bureau All India Quarterly Establishment based Employment Survey (ongoing) and Technical Advisory Committee, Strengthening Data-Informed and Migrant-Centred Migration Management Frameworks in India, India Centre for Migration, Ministry of External Affairs and International Organisation for Migration (ongoing).
He is the Editor of the peer reviewed academic journal, Labour & Development. He is the Coordinator of the Centre for Labour Market Studies and Integrated Labour History Research Programme, two of the major research centres of the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI). He is also the Coordinator (India) of the BRICS Network of Labour Research Institutes. He has been a member of the Indian Delegation in the recent Labour Ministerial meetings of the G20 and BRICS. He is also a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of leading journals like The Indian Journal of LabourEconomics and Urban India.
He has undertaken nearly 60 research projects on key labour concerns, many of them commissioned by international organisations and ministries of the Government of India.
He has been the Course Director of nearly 30 international and 160 national level training programmes/workshops/seminars on themes like: Labour Migration; Future of Work; Labour Market Analysis; Technology and New Forms of Employment; Quality Employment Generation; Employment Relations; Trade Unionism; and Research Methods.
He has been a Resource Person/Guest Faculty in recent Programmes/Conferences organised by international organisations/reputed institutions like International Labour Organisation, International Training Centre of ILO, Turin, World Bank, International Organisation for Migration, Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Services, National Statistical Systems Training Academy, National Defence College, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai National Postal Academy, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, National Institute for Career Service, India Centre for Migration-Ministry of External Affairs, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mumbai University, Mahatma Gandhi University, Institute for Human Development, Delhi Judicial Academy, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Confederation of Indian Industry.
He has nearly 70 major research publications in the form of books, articles in referred journals and edited volumes and research monographs. Some of his recent and major publications include: ‘India-Gulf Labour Migration in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic’, Economic & Political Weekly, August 21, 2021; ‘India’s Social Security Code, 2020 : A Catalyst for Promoting and Protecting Platform Labour’ Labour & Development, June, 2021, (co-author); ‘Estimating Earnings Losses of Migrant Workers due to COVID-19’, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Oct-Dec, 2020; ‘Digital Platform Economy: Overview, Emerging Trends and Policy Perspectives’, Productivity, Oct-Dec 2020; ‘Youth and the Labour Market Landscape in India: Issues and Perspectives’, NLI Research Studies Series, No. 140/2019; ‘ILO and India: A Century of a Shared Quest for Social Justice’ (Editorial Introduction), Special Issue on India & ILO: 1919-2019, Labour & Development, June 2019; ‘Indian Labour Migration to the Gulf: Recent Trends, the Regulatory Environment and New Evidences on Migration Costs’, Productivity, July-Sep 2019; ‘Labour Market Institutions and New Technology: The Case of Employment Service in India’, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, July-September 2018; ‘Towards Enhancing the Effectiveness of Minimum Wage Systems : The Wage Protection System in Kerala’, Labour & Development, December 2018; Declining Wage Share in India’s Organized Manufacturing Sector: Trends, Patterns and Determinants, ILO Asia-Pacific Working Paper Series, International Labour Organisation 2017; Good Practicesin Using Partnerships for Effective and Efficient Delivery of Employment Services in India, ILO Employment Working Paper No. 233, International Labour Organisation 2017; ‘New Era in India – Gulf Labour Migration’, Labour & Development, June, 2017; Operation of Minimum Referral Wages for International Migrant Workers from India, International Labour Organisation, 2016; Labour Migration Structures and Financing in Asia, International Labour Organisation, 2016;From India to the Gulf Region: Exploring Links between Labour Markets, Skills and the MigrationCycle, International Labour Organisation, 2015; ‘Towards Reform of the Labour Market’, Seminar, May 2015; ‘India’s Labour and Employment Scenario: An Overview’, India : Handbook on Labour, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, 2015; ‘Maximising Developmental Outcomes of International Labour Migration and Remittances: The South Asia - Gulf Experience’, Labour & Development, December 2014; ‘Unemployment Insurance in India’ in Unemployment Insurance in Asia, Korea Labour Institute, 2013; ‘Surmounting India’s Employment Challenge’, Labour & Development, June 2013; Migration of Women Workers from South Asia to the Gulf, UN WOMEN, 2012; Report onMid-Term Evaluation of Upgradation of 1396 Government ITIs through Public PrivatePartnership, Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India, 2012; ‘Labour Cost and Export Behaviour of Firms in Indian Textile and Clothing Industry’, Economics, Management, and Financial Markets, March 2011 (Official Journal of the Contemporary Science Association, New York); Global Downturn and Export Sector In India:Impact on Production, Export and Employment, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, 2010; Skill Profilingand Skill Certification in India in the Context of Promoting Migration from India to Europe, International Organisation for Migration, 2009; Managing International Labour Migration from India: Policies andPerspectives, ILO Asia-Pacific Working Paper Series, 2008; ‘Mobility of High Skilled Labour in a Globalising World: The Indian Experience’, in Globalisation and Asia in Transformation, Fukuoka Prefecture and Kyushu University, Japan, 2007; ‘Labour Markets in India: Issues and Perspectives’, in Jesus Felipe and Rana Hasan (eds.) Labour Markets in Asia: Issues and Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan and Asian Development Bank, 2006.