Surbhi Kesar

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Informal Economy, Structural Transformation in Labour Surplus Economies, Labour and Future of Work, Issues of Growth and Exclusion in Less Developed Economies


Surbhi Kesar is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences. 

Her research areas include political economy, development economics, labour economics, particularly informality, exclusion, and structural transformation and capitalist transition in labour surplus economies. She received her PhD in Economics from South Asian University, New Delhi and has been a Fulbright Fellow at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a coordinator for the Economic Development Working Group of the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and is a Steering Group member for the Diversifying and Decolonising Economics initiative.

Publication and Writings

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Book project

  • Decolonizing Economics [Under contract with Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. Book manuscript under preparation.] [with Carolina Alves, Devika Dutt, and Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven]

Survey project

Working papers / papers under review

Ongoing projects

  • Subcontracting Linkages in the Indian Informal Manufacturing Sector’ (research article)
  • Transitions out of unpaid work in India: Implications for structural transformation’ (research article) [with Rosa Abraham and Amit Basole]
  • Decolonizing economics pedagogy’ (research article) [with Ingrid Kvanagraven]
  • Covid-19 and socio-economic identity: An analysis of the differential impact and recovery (research article) [with Rosa Abaraham, Amit Basole, and Anand Srivastava]
  • State of Working India (SWI) report on the impact of Covid-19 lockdown on economic livelihoods in India (research report) [with members of the CSE team]

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