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M Vijayabaskar
Associate Professor
Madras Institute of Development Studies
79, Second Main Road, Gandhinagar,
Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

E-mail: baskarv@mids.ac.in / vijaybas@gmail.com

Tel: 0091-44-24412589 / 24419771 Extn: 308;  Fax: 0091 - 44 - 24910872





-  Globalisation and Labour Markets

-  Political Economy of Regional Development and Rural-Urban Interactions

-  Political Economy of Small firm based Industrialisation, Technological Change and Regional Development.

-  Governance and Power in Value Chains





Ph D (Economics) at Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 2001.


M.Phil (Applied Economics) at Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – July 1992.


M.B.A, National Institute of Technology. Tiruchirapalli.- May 1990


B.E. (Instrumentation and Control) at Government College of Technology, Coimbatore;  Bharathiar University, Coimbatore – May 1988.






Assistant Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai from January 2003.

Guest Faculty, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, August 2009 onwards.

Charles Wallace Visiting Fellow,  School of Oriental and African Studies, London, January – April 2004.

Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, August 2001-December 2002.         







With Coelho.K and Kamath L (eds),   Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India, N.Delhi: Routledge, 2012.


With Moriki Ohara and Hong Lin (eds.) Industrial Dynamics in China and India: Firms, Clusters and Different Growth Paths, Basingtoke: Palgrave MacMillan and IDE-JETRO), 2011.


With Saith. A and Gayathri. V (eds.) ICTs and Indian Social Development: Diffusion, Governance, Poverty, London, New Delhi, Sage 2008.


With Saith. A (eds.) ICTs and Indian Economic Development: Economy, Work, Regulation, London, New Delhi, Sage 2005.


Labour in the New Economy: The Case of the Indian Software Labour Market, with S. Rothboeck and Gayathri.V, (2001), International Labour Organization (ILO): New Delhi.





The Politics of Silence in Rob Jenkins, Loraine Kennedy and Partha Mukhopadhyay (eds.), (2013),  Power, Policy and Protest: The Politics of India’s Special Economic Zones (Oxford University Press: N. Delhi), forthcoming.


The Development of Technological Capabilities in India: Information and Communication Technology in Select Sectors (co-authored), Background paper prepared for International Labour Organisation,(cited in Information Economy Report 2012: The Software Industry and Developing Countries), UNCTAD, Geneva, 2012.


Opening up or Ushering in? Citizen Participation as Mandate and Practice in Urban Governance (co-authored), in Karen Coelho, Lalitha Kamath and M. Vijayabaskar (eds.), Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India, Routledge: N. Delhi, 2012.


Urban Reforms and the Middle Classes: Fragmented Collective Action and the Incomplete Project of Stakeholder Participation (co-authored), in Karen Coelho, Lalitha Kamath and M. Vijayabaskar (eds.), Participolis: Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India, Routledge: N. Delhi, 2012


The Institutional Milieu of Skill Formation: A Comparative Study of Two Textile Regions in Ohara, M. Vijayabaskar.M and Hong Lin (eds.) India and China Industrial Dynamics in China and India: Firms, Clusters, and Different Growth Paths (pp: 135-156), Palgrave McMillan: New York, 2011.


Global Crises, Welfare Provision and Coping Strategies of Labour in Tiruppur, (2011), Economic and Political Weekly, Review of Labour, Vol XLVI, No: 22.


Not by Patronage Alone: Understanding Tamil Nadu’s Vote for Change. (co-authored), (2011), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLVI, No: 22.


Infrastructures of Consent: Interrogating Citizen Participation Mandates in Indian Urban Governance. (Co-authored), (2011)  IDS Working Paper 362, Centre for the Future State, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex


Saving Agricultural Labour from Agriculture: SEZs and Politics of Silence in Tamil Nadu, (2010),  Economic and Political Weekly, February 6, Vol. XLV No. 6, pp: 36-43.


Limits and Possibilities of Middle Class Associations as Urban Collective Actors, (co-authored)Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLIV:26-27, June 27, (2009), pp: 368-376.


Can Cluster Development Programmes ensure Decent Work? Evidence from Indian MSE Clusters in Global Value Chains, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, (2008), Vol. 51.


Constructing Work and Identity in the Indian outsourced ITeS sector in Saith. A, M. Vijayabaskar and V. Gayathri (eds.) ICTs and Indian Development: Governance, Diffusion, Poverty, London, New Delhi, Sage 2008.


Many Messages of Sivaji (co-authored), Economic and Political Weekly, 42/44:29-32 (2007).


ICTs and Transformation of Traditional Workplaces: Case of the Indian Automobile Industry (2005), in Saith. A and M. Vijayabaskar (eds.) ICTs and Indian Economic Development: Economy, Work, Regulation, London, New Delhi, Sage.


Labour under Flexible Accumulation: Case of Tiruppur Knitwear Cluster, in Das. K (ed.) (2005), Industrial Clusters: Cases and Perspectives, (Aldershot:Ashgate),


Human Development in Tamil Nadu:  Examining Linkages, (co-authored),  Economic and Political Weekly, (34/8: 797-802),  February 21, 2004.


Understanding Growth Dynamism and its Constraints in High-Technology Clusters in Developing Countries: A Study of Bangalore, Southern India, with Krishnaswamy G, in Mani S and H Romijn (eds.), Innovation, Learning and Technological Dynamism of Developing Countries, Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2004.


ICTs and Indian Development: Processes, Policies, Prognoses, (co-authored), Economic and Political Weekly, (2003), Vol: 38, No. 24, pp: 2360-2362.


Dimensions of Children's Work in the Cotton Knitwear Industry in Tiruppur, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, (2002), Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 561-76.


The Indian Garment Industry, (2002), in Garment Industry in South Asia- Rags or Riches? Competitiveness, productivity and job Quality in the post-MFA Environment, (Ed) Gopal Joshi, International Labour Organization (ILO): New Delhi (pp. 39-81).


Labour Markets in the New Economy: The case of Indian Software Industry, (co-authored), The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, (Jan-March 2001), Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 39-54.


A Curmudgeon's Guide to Economic Reforms in India, with Mani S, (1998), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol: XXXIII, 51, pp. 3257-3272.


Industrial Growth and Structure: Analyses of Manufacturing Sector in Karnataka, (co-authored) (1994), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol: XXIX, 48, pp. M157-M164.





Mohammad Talib, Writing Labour: Stone Quarry Workers in Delhi, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 2010, (Vol.53, No.3).


Carol Upadhya and A R Vasavi, In an Outpost of the Global Economy: Work and Workers in India’s Information Technology, Routledge, N. Delhi, Economic and Political Weekly, 6/6/2009 vol: XLIV/23.





Where buying a motorcycle can spark a riot. (with Anandhi.S), The Hindu, January 7, 2013.

Worker welfare in export zones: Lessons from a garment cluster in south India, Global Insights No: 3, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, 2011.

Farmers don’t need Futures, Financial Express, 22/5/2009.

China now targets rural infrastructure, Financial Express, 18/3/2009.

Indhiya Arasin Porulaadhara Kollgaiyum Tamizh naattin poruladhara maatramum, Maatru Veli. Vol.1 No.2, 2009.





Regional Embeddedness and Neoliberalised Growth:  Understanding Divergent Trajectories of Development in India, , Panel on ‘State-centred regulation of industrial development in India and China’ at the 24th annual conference of the Society for Advancement of Socio-Ecoomics (SASE), Society for Advancement of Socio-Ecoomics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 30/6/2012.


Emerging Spatio-Technical Regimes of Accumulation in the Globalising South and Implications for Labour, Capitalism and Development in the 21st Century: Conference held in honour of Prof. Barbara Harriss White, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, July 4-5, 2012.


Micro- Processes of Land Acquisition, Altering Rural Landscapes: Structures, Institutions and Households, ICSSR & Ford Foundation, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, July 12- 13, 2012.


State Restructuring, Governmental Imperatives and Emerging Spaces of Engagement: Observations from southern India, State Restructuring and Rescaling in Comparative Perspective, IIAS Centre for Regulation and Governance, the Netherlands and the Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud, CNRS-EHESS, France, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 3 - 4 December 2012.


Conceptualising Contemporary Informality: An Exploratory Essay based on Emerging Evidence from Tamil Nadu, southern India, "Actualities of Indian Economic Growth at Rural-Urban Crossroads", University of Tokyo, University of Tokyo, Japan, 15-16 December 2012.


On the Charts, Off the Tracks: Disconnected Development in Ambur Town (with Karen Coelho), Provincial Urbanization: Examining the Role of Small and Medium Towns , Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, and School of Planning and Architecture, N. Delhi, School of Planning and Architecture, N. Delhi, 23-24, April 2013.


Skill Formation in Indian Textiles Sector: Processes, Constraints and State Response, International Symposium on ‘Industrial Dynamics in India and China’, Center for study of Contemporary India, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, 25 th February 2012.


Understanding the Making of Non Corporate Capital: Entrepreneurial Narratives from Tiruppur, Tamilnadu (co-authored), Rethinking Economic History: Circulation, exchange and enterprise in India, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, N. Delhi, 14th -15th March, 2012.


Institutional voids as opportunity in India’s land market (co-authored), ‘Institutional Voids in Asian Development“ panel at Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, International Institute of Asian Studies, Toronto, Canada, 15-18 March, 2012.


Emergence of ‘Consent’ for Land Acquisition:  Trajectories of Dispossession in southern India, ‘New questions concerning land in India.’, Yale University (South Asia Studies Council and the MacMillan Center), New Haven, Connecticut, 27-29 April, 2012.


Global Crises and Local Labour Response:  A Case for Regional Social Regulation  , Culture, Politics and Economics of South Asian Migration, University of Delhi,, N. Delhi, 24th – 26th November 2010.


Local Labour Markets in Global Worlds of Production: A Comparative Study of Two Textile Regions in India and China, The Globalization of Production Models and Innovation in Emerging Economies: Comparative Research on Sub-national Industrial Policies, Institute of Studies in Industrial Development and Centre de Sciences Humaines, N. Delhi, Centre for Research on Contemporary China, Hong Kong, N. Delhi , November 19-20, 2010.





January – Arpil 2004, Charles Wallace Fellowship in Contemporary Indian Studies, United Kingdom.


July 2002-June 2003, Research Grant from Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (FURS), Essex University to work on Diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies and Local Labour Market Impacts: Evidence from India.


August 2006-December 2007, Research Grant from DRC, IDS, Sussex, to work on Neighborhood Associations as Urban Collective Actors: A Comparative Study Of Bangalore And Chennai.


August 2008, Research /grant from ESRC/DFID, UK to work on Transforming livelihoods: work, migration and poverty in the Tiruppur garment cluster, India.


May 1994- April 1999, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Doctoral Fellowship.





Mapping Linkages between Megaprojects and Local Economic Development:  Case of a Technology Park in Chennai, south India (along with Dr. Suresh Babu, Dept of HSS, IIT Madras, French Institute  (IFP), Pondicherry


Factors Impacting Growth of Non-Agricultural Employment in Tamil Nadu (carried out through Institute of Development Alternatives, Chennai), Institute of Applied Manpower Research under Planning Commission. N. Delhi


Economic Planning in Small and Medium Towns -Case of Ambur, Tamil Nadu (with Karen Coelho), Laying Foundation for Urban India Reforms Facility (UIRF), School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai


Transforming livelihoods: work, migration and poverty in the Tiruppur garment cluster, India, Economic and Social Research Council, UK


The Politics of SEZs in India, Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), N. Delhi


Ph.D SUPERVISION          


1) Sajin Philip

2) V.P. Nirmal Roy

3) Sumalatha.B.S

4) Saravanakumar

5) Greeshma Sajan



  • Taught a 4 credit course on Agricultural Economics for the Master’s Programme at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras for three semesters

  • Taught a 3 credit course on Indian Economic Development for the Master’s Programme at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras for one semester

  • A 8 lecture module on ‘Political Economy of Labour, Technology and Development’ for the Ph.D Course Work at MIDS.




  1. Working on ICSSR funded  2 year project on Impact of New Growth Strategies on Small and Medium Farmers in Tamil Nadu along with Dr. Ajit Menon


  1. Working on a 9 month study on ‘Young People in India: Social Change, Development and Politics’, supported by Institute of South Asian Studies, National University Singapore and carried out jointly with Jahwaharlal Nehru University. N. Delhi and Asian Development Research Institute, Patna.


  1. Started work on ‘Mapping Linkages between Megaprojects and Local Economic Development: Case of SEZ Development in Sriperumbudur, south India (along with Dr. Suresh Babu, Dept of HSS, IIT Madras.


  1. Co-Coordinator, Preparation of the Tamil Nadu Human Development Report, for the Govt of Tamil Nadu.





  • Served as Consultant to International Labour Organisation (ILO) N. Delhi and Geneva;  National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, Govt. of India. N. Delhi.

  • Member, Indian Society of Labour Economics

  • Member, Expert Committee for the M.A Programme in Labour and Development, Indira Gandhi National Open University, N. Delhi

  • Member, Research Advisory Committee, Centre for Socio-economic & Environmental Studies (CSES), Kerala.