Shahana Purveen

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PhD Project Title

Migrants, Work and Identity: A Study in Mumbai

Abstract of PhD Thesis

From time to time various studies have been done in different industries and section of migrant labourers in Mumbai. As Mumbai is the city of migrants and in every era of time, there is flow of migrant labourers from different categories and different states. The informal sector in Mumbai constitutes a variety of activities ranging from small commercial activities to small production and service enterprises which require skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labourers. However, there is need to do a study that focuses on the migrant workers from U.P. in the present day complex social and political context. Discrimination and marginalisation can be experienced in everyday work and living environments. There is a substantive degree of subjectivity in experiences of discrimination by individuals and communities. Therefore, it is important to do a study of this nature. The study will explore the links between identity, and different experiences of the migrant in Mumbai city, their expectation from the city, and concerns with work and employment. It could focus on migrants from Uttar Pradesh who are engaged in specific types of work. For instance, there are large numbers of taxi drivers in the city. Such occupational category could be the focus for the purpose of the study.

The study will be exploratory in nature. Mixed methodology will be used to integrate both qualitative and quantitative methods in the research. However, quantitative method could be utilized to gain background information about the migrants in specific occupational category from Uttar Pradesh. Subsequently, through multiple methods like in-depth interviews, case study, and group discussions, a detailed understanding would be obtained about socio-economic, political and cultural life of migrants in context of Mumbai. Secondarydata will be collected from archives, census data, NSSO reports, academic literature etc.


<link http: view employee mouleshri-vyas>Prof. Mouleshri Vyas 

Area of Interest

Migrant Labourers in Informal Economy/Unorganised sector.

Educational Background


M.Phil, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India majoring in Child Labour: A Study based on Child Employment in Lock Industry of Aligarh. 


Master of Arts, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, Majoring in Human Rights.


Bachelor of Arts, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, majoring in Political Sciences (Hons).

Professional Experience

2015-2016Teaching Associate- Qualitative Research Methodology Course- for M.A in Social Work Students, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
2014Research Associate- on the project Evolution of Distance Learning Program Executed by IIPS- Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
2013Teaching Associate- Quantitative Research Methodology Course- for M.A in Social Work Students, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India


Teaching Associate- for the courses Human Rights, Social Policy and Law; and Social Movements and Social Change- Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India



Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), India


Erasmus Mundus Fellowship for University of Oxford, UK
2015International Summer School “Cultures, Migrations, Borders” organized by the Department of Social Anthropology and History of University of the Aegean, Greece
2012National Eligibility Test (NET), eligible for Lectureship in Indian colleges and universities, conducted by University Grant Commission, New Delhi, India


  • Purveen. Shahana (2016), Lost Innocence: A case Study of Child Labour in the Indian Lock Industry. Exploration of Childhood. Elena Xeni (ed.). Inter-disciplinary Press. Oxford.