Dr. S.K. Sasikumar is an economist by training and holds a Ph.D. degree in the discipline. His main areas of professional interests include: labour market analysis, labour migration, and research methods. He has nearly three decades of research and training experience in the domain of labour studies.
He has been associated as a Member of major National Level Commissions/ Technical Committees like Study Group on Globalisation, Second National Commission on Labour, Technical Group on Annual Employment-Unemployment Surveys, Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment, & Member, Expert Group on Quarterly Employment Survey, Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment.
He is the Editor of the 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 has undertaken several research projects on important concerns of labour studies. Some of the major and international level research studies carried out during the last five years include: Labour Markets, Skills and the International Labour Migration (International Labour Organisation); Trends in Wages in India (V.V. Giri National Labour Institute and International Labour Organisation); Labour Migration Structures and Financing in Asia (International Labour Organisation); Internal Migration and Labour Regulations in India (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Migration of Women Workers from South Asia to the Gulf (UN WOMEN); Unemployment Insurance in India (Korea Labour Institute); Skill Mapping in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Assessing Supply and Demand Gaps (Andaman and Nicobar Administration); Employment and Social Protection of Cashew Workers in India with special reference to Kerala (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Evaluation Study of Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for Handicapped (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Evaluation Study of Coaching-cum-Guidance Centre for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Annual Reports to the People on Employment (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Mid-term Evaluation of the Scheme of Upgradation of 1396 Government ITIs through Public Private Partnership (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Skill Profiling and Skill Certification for Overseas Employment (Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and International Organisation for Migration); External Migration and Remittances (Asian Development Bank & VVGNLI); Pedagogical Materials on Decent Work (International Institute for Labour Studies); and Global Slowdown and Export Sector in India: Impact on Production and Employment (Department of Commerce, Government of India).
He has coordinated several international and national level training programmes/ workshops/seminars on themes like: Labour Market Analysis, Labour Migration, Industrial Relations, Globalisation and Labour, Research Methods, Trade Unionism,and Skill Development. He has been the Course Director of nearly 25 international training programmes and 100 national level training programmes.
He has been Resource Person/Guest Faculty in recent Programmes/Conferences organised by international organisations/reputed institutions like International Labour Organisation, UN Women, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Institute for Human Development National Defence College, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, and Xavier School of Management.
He has nearly 60 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: Labour Migration Structures and Financing in Asia (International Labour Organisation, 2016); Operation of Minimum Referral Wages for International Migrant Workers from India (International Labour Organisation, 2016); From India to the Gulf Region: Exploring Links between Labour Markets, Skills and the Migration Cycle (International Labour Organisation, 2015); Maximising Developmental Outcomes of International Labour Migration and Remittances: The South Asia - Gulf Experience in Labour & Development (Bi-annual Academic Journal of V.V. Giri National Labour Institute) (2014); Unemployment Insurance in India in Unemployment Insurance in Asia (Korea Labour Institute, 2013, Co-author); Surmounting India’s Employment Challenge in Labour & Development (2013); Migration of Women Workers from South Asia to the Gulf (UN WOMEN, 2012, Co-author); Report on Mid-Term Evaluation of Upgradation of 1396 Government ITIs through Public Private Partnership (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 in Economics, Management, and Financial Markets, March 2011 (Official Journal of the Contemporary Science Association, New York, Co-author); Global Downturn and Export Sector In India: Impact on Production, Export and Employment (V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, 2010); Skill Profiling and 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 and Perspectives (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 (Co-author) in Jesus Felipe and Rana Hasan (eds.) Labour Markets in Asia: Issues and Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan and Asian Development Bank, 2006).