Ela Bhatt Visiting Professorship


SS 2018: Prof. Eleonor Faur

Gender and Public Policies, with specialization in Care Policies and Welfare, and Comprehensive Sexuality Education.

Eleonor Faur is an Associate Professor at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales, National University of San Martín (IDAES- UNSAM), and a Researcher at the Center for Social Research, based at the Institute for Economic and Social Development (CIS-IDES).  During her career, her interests combined social research and teaching with policy dialogue, program design and management. Before joining the University, she led UNFPA’s Argentina Country Office for almost 7 years, and served as Programe Coordinator for UNICEF and UNDP in Colombia and Argentina. She is a sociologist and holds a PhD. in Social Sciences by FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales).

Selected Recent Publications:

    • Faur, Eleonor (2017) “Contrasting Trends in Gender and Childcare in Argentina: Family Policies Between LGBT Rights and Maternalism”, in Global Sociology of Care and Care Work, Current Sociology Monograph, Forthcoming.
    • Faur, Eleonor (2017). Mujeres y varones en la Argentina de hoy. Géneros en movimiento, (editor). Buenos Aires, Siglo XXI editores.
    • Faur, Eleonor and Grimson, Alejandro (2016). Mitomanías de los sexos. . Las ideas del siglo XX sobre el amor, el deseo y el poder que necesitamos desechar para vivir en el siglo XXI. Buenos Aires, Siglo XXI editores.
    • Faur, Eleonor (2016) “El maternalismo en su laberinto. Políticas sociales y cuidado infantil en Argentina. In Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios de Familia, 7, 45-61.
    • Faur, Eleonor (2016) “El cuidado: un pilar invisible del desarrollo”, in Cuadernos del IDES N° 31. Ciudadanía y Derechos Humanos. Preguntas de Investigación. Serie: Núcleos y Programas del CIS, Buenos Aires, CIS-IDES/CONICET.
    • Faur, Eleonor (editor) 2016. Repensar la inclusión social. Políticas públicas y sociedad civil en la Argentina (1991-2016) Buenos Aires, Capital Intelectual.
    • Faur, Eleonor (2014) El cuidado infantil en el siglo XXI. Mujeres malabaristas en una sociedad desigual, Buenos Aires, Siglo XXI Editores.
    • Esquivel, Valeria, Faur, Eleonor and Jelin, Elizabeth (2012) Las lógicas del cuidado infantil. Entre el Estado, el mercado y las familias, Buenos Aires, IDES-UNFPA-UNICEF.
    • Esquivel, Valeria and Faur, Eleonor (2012) “Beyond Maternalism? The Political and Social Organization of Childcare in Argentina”, in Razavi, Shahra and Silke Staab (editors) Global Variations in the Political and Social Economy of Care. Worlds Apart. New York-London, Routledge /UNRISD.
    • Faur, Eleonor (2011) “A Widening Gap? The Political and Social Organization of Childcare in Argentina”, in Development & Change N. 42, Vol. 4.

      SS 2018: Prof. Carlos Salas


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          WS 2017/18: Prof. Dr. Devan Pillay

          Trade unions and working class politics, South African politics, ecological Marxism, development studies.

          Devan Pillay is currently head of the department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand (on sabbatical). Before joining the university in 2001 he worked for the South African Labour Bulletin, and the National Union of Mineworkers, as well as stints at the University of Durban (UDW) as Director of Social Policy and national government as a Director of Policy (GCIS).  He was active in the anti apartheid struggle, and spent time in prison.

          Selected Recent Publications:

          • Pillay, D., Daniel, J., Naidoo, P., & Southall, R. (2010). New South African Review 1: Development or Decline.Wits University Press.
          • Daniel, J., Naidoo, P., Pillay, D., & Southall, R. (2011). New South African Review 2: New Paths, Old Compromises?. Wits University Press.
          • Pillay, D., Daniel, J., Naidoo, P., & Southall, R. (2013). New South African Review 3: The Second Phase–Tragedy or Farce. Wits University Press.
          • Pillay, D., Daniel, J., Naidoo, P., & Southall, R. (2014). New South African Review 4: A Fragile Democracy – Twenty Years On. Wits University Press.
          • Pillay, D., Daniel, J., Naidoo, P., & Southall, R. (2015). New South African Review 5: Beyond Marikana. Wits University Press.

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          WS 2017: Prof. Praveen Jha

          Political Economy of Development, with particular reference to Labour, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Public Finance, Education, and History of Economic Thought.

          Praveen Kumar Jha, Professor of Economics and currently Chairperson of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP) and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies (CISLS), is with the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. 

          He obtained his MA in Economics and later his PhD in Economics in 1984 and 1996 respectively at the Center for Economics Studies and Planning at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to joining the Center as a Professor, he taught at St. Stephen´s College, University of Delhi and at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. He has been a Visiting Fellow to several Institutions / Universities, including University of Bremen (Germany); Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (China); Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa) and African Institute of Agrarian Studies, Harare (Zimbabwe); International Labour Organisation, Geneva and Kassel University (Germany).  He has also been associated with several research studies with the UN institutions such as the ILO, the UNICEF, the UNDP, the FAO etc. He is one of the Editors of a tri-continental journal, Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy as well as on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics.

          Selected Recent Publications:

          • The Changing Villages in India: Insights from Longitudinal Research (Ed. with Himanshu and Gerry Rodgers), Oxford University Press, (2016), New Delhi 
          • Right to Education in India: Resources, Institutions and Public Policy (Ed. with Geetha Rani), Routledge, (2015) , London and New Delhi.
          • Progressive Fiscal Policy in India (Ed) Sage Publications (2011), New Delhi.
          • Public Provisioning for Social Protection and its Implications for Food Security: An Analysis, Economic and Political Weekly (forthcoming).
          • The Agrarian Question in the 21st Century, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, Issue No. 37, 12 Sep, 2015 (with Paris Yeros, and Sam Moyo).



          WS 2016/2017: Associated Prof. Dr. Akua O. Britwum

          Gender and Labour Studies

          Akua Opokua Britwum is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cape Coast. She holds a PhD from the Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She obtained her first and second degrees from the University of Ghana, Legon. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cape Coast. Her research and publications cover sexual harassment, the economics of violence against women, gender mainstreaming in Ghanaian Universities, gender and land rights, gender and leadership in trade unions, organising informal economy workers as well as trade union participation and representation.

          Akua Britwum has served UCC in the various capacities such as:    

          • Member University of Cape Coast Strategic Planning Monitoring Committee
          • Hall Counsellor, Adehye Hall, University of Cape Coast
          • Member, Centre for Development Studies Advisory Board Examinations Officer, Centre for Development Studies,
          • Chairperson, University of Cape Coast Basic Schools Management Committee 
          • International Education Coordinator, African Workers’ Participation Development Programme (APADEP) of the UCC International Support Centre  

           She has served as a Guest Lecturer at the International Center for Decent Work and Development (ICDD), University of Kassel (Germany) and is an Associate Fellow of the Global Labour University. She is in addition the Convenor of the women’s rights organisation, the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT).

          Other positions she has held include the

          • African Regional Focal person, International Research Network for Domestic Workers
          • Member, Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative (SAPRI) Civil Society Technical Committee

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          SS 2016: Prof. Dr. K. N. Ganeshaiah

          Institution: University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore (India)

          Specialization: Plant Reproductive Ecology, Conservation Biology, Insect Behaviour & Crop Breeding

          Awards: Ganeshaiah is a recipient of Environment Award from the Karnataka Government. He is a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (New Delhi), Current Science Association, and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.

          Ganeshaiah began working in the area of evolutionary ecology of plant reproductive strategies during 1980 and demonstrated both theoretically and empirically that evolutionary concepts such as sexual selection, sibling rivalry and parent offspring conflict, generally seen in animal systems, do occur in plants as well, in very subtle but intriguing ways. He showed that invoking these concepts in plants can help explaining several peculiarities of plant reproductive systems for which the adaptive basis was not yet clear. His work on understanding the foraging behaviour of ants lead to the identification of certain simple yet very effective strategies used for exploring unknown and complex territories. He has shown that while mass foraging ants searching for randomly distributed preys on ground adopt a branching pattern that simulates the blood supply system in higher animals, individual ants foraging on complex designs of plants adopt simple thumb rules of circular exploration for achieving efficient foraging.

          Other Contributions: Ganeshaiah developed Jeeva Sampada; a massive database on the biological resources of the country. Being the largest database ever compiled, it brings together data from a wide range of experts, on to a common digital platform and is now made available on the website www.ibin.co.in. His other contributions are in assessing and mapping biological resources of Western Ghats, Eastern Himalayas and Eastern Ghats; and in building a huge network of teams of field ecologists and taxonomists. Besides, he has also developed new tools for measuring and techniques for assessing the biological diversity.

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          SS 2016: Prof. Dr. Joseph Matofari

          Specialization: Food Science, Food microbiology, (Food safety and Food biotechnology)

          Institution: Egerton University, Kenya

          Trained scientist in applied Sciences specializing in microbiology (Food microbiology‐Safety), has conducted applied research in applied microbiology related to current and emerging issues in food safety and value addition in developing countries especially in sub‐Saharan Africa. Matofari's main research interest is food safety, food biotechnology and value addition in emerging and traditional biotechnologies related to food security, livelihoods and environmental conservation.

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          WS 2015/2016: Prof. Dr. William Baah-Boateng

          Analysis of the labour market and labour relations, poverty and gender issues, SME development, and development economics in the Department of Econimcs, University of Ghana

          WS 2015/2016: Prof. Dr. Gaochao He

          Prof. Dr. Gaochao He is the Co-Director of the International Center for Joint Labor Research in the Department of political science - Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.

          WS 2014/2015: Prof. Dr. Goradana Kranjac-Berisavljevic

          Prof. Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering.

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          University for Development Studies

          Prof. Dr. Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic

          Post Office Box TL 1350

          Tamale, Ghana

          Mail: novagordanak[at]gmail.com

          SS 2014: Prof. Dr. Michelle Williams

          Prof. Dr. Michelle Williams is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg South Africa and chair person for the Global Labour University Programme (GLU) at Wits.

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          University of the Witwatersrand

          Prof. Dr. Michelle Williams


          1 Jan Smuts Avenue
          Braamfontein 2000
          Johannesburg 2000
          South Africa

          Mail: Michelle.Williams[at]wits.ac.za

          WS 2013/2014: Prof. Dr. Paulo Baltar

          Paulo Baltar is Professor at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, Brazil and works in the field of labour economics.

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          Universidade Estadual de Campinas
          Prof. Dr. Paulo Baltar
          Campus Universitário Zeferino Vaz
          Barão Geraldo, Campinas
          SP, 13083-970

          Mail: pbaltar[at]eco.unicamp.br

          SS 2013: Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik†

          Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik was a professor of labour studies and Dean of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.

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          Tata Institute of Social Science (Mumbai, India)

          Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik
          School of Management and Labour Studies
          Tata Institute of Social Sciences
          Mumbai 400 088, India

          WS: 2012/2013: Dr. B. V. Chinnappa Reddy

          Dr. B. V. Chinnappa Reddy is a professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Agriculture in Bangalore, India.

          Dr. B. V. Chinnappa Reddy

          Dr. B. V. Chinnappa Reddy is a professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Agriculture in Bangalore, India.


          Website of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Agriculture (Bangalore, India)

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          University of Agriculture, Bangalore, India
          Dr. B. V. Chinnappa Reddy
          Department of Agricultural Economics
          Agriculture College
          University of Agricultural Sciences GKVK
          Bangalore-560 065, India

          Mail: bvchinnappareddy(at)gmail.com, batlahalli(at)yahoo.com 

          WS: 2011/2012: Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik

          Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik is a professor of labour studies and Dean of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.

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          Tata Institute of Social Science (Mumbai, India)

          Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik
          School of Management and Labour Studies
          Tata Institute of Social Sciences
          Mumbai 400 088, India

          Mail: sharitb(at)tiss.edu, sharitb(at)gmail.com

          Prof. Dr. Sakhela Maxwell Buhlungu

          Sakhela Maxwell Buhlungu is currently dean of humanities at the University of Cape Town vice chancellor  and  the University of Fort Hare.

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          University of Fort Hare
          Prof. Dr. Juan Sakhela Buhlungu

          General Address of University of Fort Hare
          Private Bag X1314
          Alice 5700
          South Africa

          Mail: Sakhela.Buhlungu(at)up.ac.za

          SS 2011: Prof. Dr. Juan José Jimenez-Osornio

          Juan J. Jimenez-Osornio is a professor at the Campus of Biological and Agricultural Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán.

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          Universdad Autónoma de Yucatan

          Prof. Dr. Juan José Jimenez-Osornio


          Edificio Central Calle 60
          No. 491-A por 57 (Centro Histórico) Mérida
          Yucatán, México C.P. 97000

          Mail: josornio(at)uady.mx

          WS 2010/2011: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Younas

          Dr. Muhammad Younas was formerly a professor and Dean (2007-2010) of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry at the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

          Home Info

          University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
          Prof. Dr. Muhammad Younas

          Jail Road
          Faisalabad 38040

          Mail: m_younas(at)uaf.edu.pk


          WS 2009/2010: Prof. Edward Webster

          BA (Hons) (Rhodes), MA (Oxon), BPhil (York), PhD (Wits)

          Edward Webster is a professor emeritus from the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He is currently a research professor for the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP).

          Home Info

          University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Prof. Edward Webster1 Jan Smuts Avenue
          Braamfontein 2000
          South Africa

          Mail: edward.webster(at)wits.ac.za