Ela Bhatt Visiting Professorship


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 Tianjin, 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.

Select 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 Acadey 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.

Home Info:
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.

Home Info                 

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.

Home Info

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 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

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 a professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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University of Pretoria
Prof. Dr. Juan Sakhela Buhlungu

Department of Sociology
Human Sciences Building, 19-14
The University of Pretoria
Lynwood Road
Private bag X20 Hatfield
South Africa


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.

Home Info

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