Rachel Kurian

economics, migration, trade unions, gender, and (child) labour
India, Sri Lanka

Curriculum vitae

mathematics and economics, University of Madras (India), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), University of Delhi (India), and University of Cambridge (UK)
1989PhD, University of Amsterdam
senior lecturer in International Labour Economics, the Institute for Social Studies (ISS), The Hague
…-presentassistant professor in International Labour Economics, ISS, The Hague


Publications since 1989

Kurian’s publications on Asian countries other than India and Srilanka, on Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa are not included.
1989  State, capital and labour in the plantation industry in Sri Lanka 1934-1984. – PhD thesis University of Amsterdam.
The fine-tuning of plantation labour (1922-1939), Paris: Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud.
Class and ethnic consciousness in the plantations, Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies.
1990  “La main d’oeuvre des plantations de Sri Lanka: l’histoire de sa lutte pour les droits politique.” In: ….. Paris: Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud.
Agrarian relations in South Asia, Research Report, Helsinki: WIDER, UN University.
The plantation labour regime under colonialism: the case study of South India, Amsterdam: Centre for Asian Studies.
Productivity and profitability in the plantation secto, Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies.
1991  Modern management practices and labour responses: Indian industries in the 1990’s, Moscow: Institut du mouvement ouvrier international.
1998  “Tamil women on Sri Lankan plantations: labour control and patriarchy.” In: Shobhita Jain and Rhoda Elizabeth Reddock, Women plantation workers: international experiences, Oxford: Berg Publishers, pp. 67-87.
2002  “India: to act and learn.” In: B. Grimsrud (ed), The next steps: experiences and analysis of how to eradicate child labour, Oslo: Fafo, pp. 41-55.
2003  “Labor, race and gender on the coffee plantations in Ceylon, 1834-1880.” In: William Gervase Clarence-Smith, Steven Topik (eds), The global coffee economy in Africa, Asia and Latin America, 1500-1989, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 173-190.
2007  & A.S. Bedi, Elimination of child labour projects in Asia: an evaluation, The Hague: ISS. – Consultancy Report for FNV.
Review of: Debdas Banerjee, Globalisation, industrial restructuring and labour standards: where India meets the global, New Delhi: Sage, 2005. Development and Change 38,2: 365-366.
2010  & Singh, “Social exclusion and human security in rural India: Ambedkar villages as spaces of contestation for Dalits.” Paper presented at International Seminar on Understanding Social Exclusion: South Asian Context: New Delhi (2010, maart 03 – 2010, maart 04).
2012  & S. Kumar and A. Namala, Quest for equity: urban Dalit women employees and entrepreneurs, The Hague-New Delhi: Justitia et Pax; Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI); International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
2014  & K. Jayawardena, Persistent patriarchy: women workers on Sri Lankan plantations, Colombo: Social Scientists’ Association (Preprints, SSA Pamphlet Series 2014, no 3).
“One step forward, two back? Dalit women’s rights under economic globalisation.” OpenDemocracy (blog).
2015  & K. Jayawardena, Class, patriarchy and ethnicity on Sri Lankan plantations: two centuries on power and protest, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan (Critical Thinking in South Asian History)
& K. Jayawardena, “State, citizenship and democratic deficits: multiple patriarchies and women workers on Sri Lankan plantations.” In: J. Uyangoda (ed.), Local government and local democracy in Sri Lanka: institutional and social dimensions, Sri Lanka: Social Scientists’ Association, pp. 244-284.

& K. Jayawardena (2015), “Plantation patriarchy and structural violence: women workers in Sri Lanka.” In Maurits S. Hassankhan, L. Roopnarine & R. Mahase (eds), Social and cultural dimensions of Indian indentured labour and its diaspora: past and present, New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, pp. 25-50.