Dr. Ruma Ghosh, Fellow, is a Sociologist by training. She has done Masters from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and M.Phil and Ph.D in Sociology of Work and Health from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Dr. Ruma Ghosh has been working as a Faculty Member at the V.V.Giri National Labour Institute since 1998 and coordinates the Centre for Labour and Health Studies. Her professional interest lies in the area of Sociology of Work and Health and she has been primarily concentrating on research in the area of labour in the informal economy with focus on Social Protection, Livelihood and Health security/protection. She has undertaken research projects on important labour issues, some of which have been conducted in collaboration with international organizations such as ILO and UNICEF. Some of the recent studies include: Evaluation Study of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana: A Study of Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Punjab for Ministry of Labour & Employment; Impact of MGNREGA on the Living Conditions of the Unorganized Workers in Rural Areas for Ministry of Labour & Employment; Fisheries based Livelihood: Opportunities and Insecurities; Insecurities and Vulnerabilities of Informal Sector Workers: A Study of Street Vendors of Delhi; Health Insecurities of Workers in Informal Employment: A Study of Existing and Possible Interventions; Study of Migration, Labour Process and Employment in the Informal Sector of Brick Making; Labour Process and Employment Relations in Zardosi & Hathari Units of Varanasi; Evaluation of the National Child Labour Projects in 50 districts for Ministry of Labour & Employment; Minimum Wage and Mode of Payment of the Agricultural Workers in Punjab; Home-Based Industry and Child Labour: A Case of Gem Polishing Industry of Jaipur for ILO; Home-Based Industry and Child Labour: A Case of Glass Bangle Industry of Firozabad for ILO; Study of Child Labour in the Sports Goods Industry of Jalandhar for ILO, Child Labour in the Cricket Ball Manufacturing Industry of Meerut for UNICEF. She has also coordinated several major research projects including an ILO sponsored major multi-centric study on Child Labour in nine Home Based Hazardous Industries.
She has presented several papers in National/International Seminars organized by ILO, UNICEF, IPSA, ICAAP, Global Fund on themes like social security and protection, livelihood security, health security and protection, seasonal migration of labour, home based workers and child labour. She has a number of research publications in the form of articles, research monographs and edited book.
She has coordinated a number of Seminar/Workshops on themes such as Social Security for Workers in Informal Sector; Social Protection and Livelihood Security; Health Protection and Security and Child Labour. The training programmes coordinated by her also revolves around the themes of Social Security and Protection; Livelihood Security for Informal sector Workers and Health Protection and Security. She has been coordinating a Course on Qualitative Methods in Labour Research for young teachers and research scholars from Universities and Research Institutions since 2003 and also coordinates a three-week International Training Programme on Health Security and Protection of workers as a part of ITEC/SCAAP training programmes under MEA.
She is the Member Convenor – National Sectoral Innovation Council on Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (NSIC-RSBY) and she is associated with major professional bodies like Indian Sociological Society, Indian Society of national sectoral innovation council on occupation safety and Health, Labour Economics, Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health as a Life Member.