Dr. Ellina Samantroy is a working as Fellow (Faculty) at the V. V. Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI). 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 M.Phil. 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 for one year at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. She has more than 15 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, Labour Regulation and International Labour Standards.
She is the co-ordinator of the Research Centre for Gender and Labour at the institute. She is the Associate Editor of Indradhanush (Bi-monthly newsletter of VVGNLI) and has also brought out a Special Issue on ‘Gender, Work and Development’ for the Institute’s Journal, Labour and Development in December 2016. She has also been the co-ordinator for International networking between VVGNLI and ITC-ILO Turin, Italy and co-ordinates various activities under the collaboration.
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; VVGNLI-UNICEF study on ‘State of Child Workers in India: Mapping Trends (2017), Prospects of Youth Employment in Agriculture: Issues and Challenges (2018), Unpaid Work and Time Use Patterns of Women Workers in North East India: Special reference to Tripura (2018), Understanding Women’s Work: Gendered Analysis of Women’s Household Work and Labour Market Participation in North East India (2017), Reconciliation of Work and Family Life: An Exploration of Time Use Patterns of Working Women in Delhi & NCR (2015), ILO Convention 181: Issues and Challenges in the Context of Private Placement Agencies in India (2013) Engendering Gender Statistics: An analysis of Gender Differentiated Statistics in India (2012). She had undertaken a study and authored an Issue paper titled ‘Women in the Urban Economy and Employment’ (2018) as a part of India Urban Knowledge Platform, World Bank, New Delhi. Recently she has submitted a report on Overview of Laws, Policies and Practices on Sexual Harassment and Violence Against Women Workers in Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka (2019) as a part of a study conducted for the ILO, New Delhi. Presently, she is engaged in an 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. She has also been a part of the VVGNLI–ITC, Turin one year Training Programme on “Employment Policies: Moving from Fragility to Resilience “for Afghan nationals and co-ordinated two modules on ‘Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Gender and Labour: Towards Empowering Women in Fragile States.
She has published extensively 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. Her book Changing Youth Culture in India: A Study of Young Urban Professionals was published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany in 2017. Her book (co-authored) titled, ‘Globalisation and Social Change in India’ was published in 2012 by Rawat Publications. The other books authored by her include Sociology of Indian Society and Social Problems for M.A. Distance Learning in Sociology published by Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi in 2011. Some of her recent publications include an article on ‘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), AntyajaJournal 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 Private Placement Agencies in India: Issues and Challenges in the context of ILO Convention 181 (2015), Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Springer, India; ‘Regulating International Labour Migration: Issues in the context of Recruitment Agencies in India (2014), Contemporary South Asia, Taylor and Francis: Routledge; ‘Engendering Labour Statistics: A Cross-Country Comparison of Gender Differentiated Statistics” (co-authored) (2014), Social Change, Sage Publications, book reviews on Ragnhild Lund, Phillippe Doneys and Bernadette P. Resurrecccion (eds) (2017) Gendered Entanglements: Revisiting Gender in Rapidly Changing Asia, Nias Press, Brill Press, U.K, Deepita Chakravarty and Ishita Chakravarty, Women Labour and Economy in India: from migrant menservants to uprooted girl children maids (2017), Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Springer, India and a chapter on ‘Capturing Unpaid Work: Labour Statistics and Time Use Surveys” (2015 co-authored) in an edited volume on Gender Issues and Challenges in Twenty First Century, Satyam Law International, New Delhi. 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 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) at 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) at Seoul National University, Korea, the 37th International Conference on Time use Research (2015) at Ankara, Turkey, the 59th Annual conference of The Indian Society of Labour Economics, (2017), the XV National Conference of the Indian Association of Women Studies (2017) held at Chennai and International Conference on Deepening India Korea relations: Towards a Sustainable Future (2014) etc. 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) at 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.