Dr Dhanya MB is an economist and working as Faculty at VV Giri National Labour Institute. She has done her PhD from University of Kerala on the subject of Rural Women empowerment and microfinance (2008). She is the Associate Coordinator of the Centre for Labour Market Studies. She has been involved in policy initiatives of the Ministry of Labour and employment, Government of India on various subjects such as Working Group member on ratification of ILO Convention-Forced Labour Protocol (2018), employment policy (2018), member of Tripartite Working Group to facilitate the process of the ratification of the ILO convention No 87 & 98 (2013-14). She has also been involved in offering comments for 316 Session of Governing Body of 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; to mention a few.
Currently, she is working on a research project titled ‘Promoting Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship: A Study with Special focus on ‘Startups’ (2018). She has already completed three research studies and published as books/monograph in NLI Research study series titled ‘Quality Employment Generation in Micro and Small enterprises (MSEs) in India: strategies and way forward’ (2018); ‘Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and informal economy in India’ (2013); and ‘Engendering Gender Statistics’ (2012). 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 overview’ (2014) published by VVGNLI.
She has been invited as resource person/guest faculty/jury member for delivering lectures by various academic institutions like Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Ambedkar University, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Academy of Social Security (PDNASS), National Institute of Educational Planning & Administration (NEUPA), Institute of Technology and science (ITS) to mention a few. She also delivered lectures in various national and international programmes organized by VVGNLI and its Regional Collaborative Institutions.
She is also associated as Reviewer of the Journal published by Elsevier; Article editor of Sage Open Journal; Panel of the expert to evaluate PhD thesis of universities etc. She also has been involved in coordinating various national and international training programmes on different thematic areas 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, Gender issues in the world of work, 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 also published several research articles in different journals in national and international level and chapters in edited books. Some of her article publications include: Whether Micro and small firms can sustain long run in India (Forth coming, 2019), Labour Force Participation, Composition, Skill Requirement and Future Challenges: An investigation for the hill state Uttarakhand (Gyan Books, New Delhi 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), Women Entrepreneurship through Microfinance (Labour and Development- 2011), Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Managing social issues – perspectives from Capability Approach (Macmillan publisher-New Delhi, 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), Accessing higher education among OBC Muslim: Special reference to Muslim women in Kerala (VL Media-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 and participated in various national and international conferences organized by IGIDR, ILO, World Bank, PDNASS, CWDS, IRMA, RGNIYD, French Institute, Institute of public enterprises, Ministry of Labour & Employment 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. 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.
Her current research interest includes Youth, Labour and Employment; Entrepreneurship, innovation and Startups, Informal economy and labour rights; Gender statistics and Gender issues in Labour; Microfinance and Public policy.