Amit Basole

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Labour
  • Employment Structural Change
  • Artisanal Economies


Amit Basole heads the Centre for Sustainable Employment and works on jobless growth” in India. He is also the Associate Professor of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, at the University.

Amit has taught at Bucknell University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as a PhD in Neuroscience from Duke University. Prior to that he attended the University of Mumbai for a Bachelors in Microbiology and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai for a Masters in Molecular Biology. 

His earlier research projects include causes of declining calorie consumption in India, impacts of subcontracting on informal firms, knowledge sharing in informal industrial clusters, conditions of work for home-based women workers, the economics of Geographical Indications, and skill acquisition in the informal economy. 

He has a particular interest in people’s’ knowledge traditions and their significance in creating alternatives to the paradigm of Development.”

Amit has worked at the University since 2017.




  • Anjum, A. & Basole, A. (2021). Thinking with Ghalib: Poetry for a New Generation. Folio Books (Pakistan) and Roli Books (India).

Edited Books

  • Basole, A. & Kapoor, R. (Eds.). (2019). Towards a Just, Dignified Future of Work: Lessons from India. Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Ahmedabad.
  • Basole, A. (Ed.). (2015). Lokavidya Perspectives: A Philosophy of Political Imagination for the Knowledge Age. Aakar Books, New Delhi.

Chapters in Edited Books

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