Dr K Jafar

Dr K Jafar
Assistant Professor
Madras Institute of Development Studies,
Chennai- India

Dr K Jafar is currently Assistant Professor at Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai. He has completed his doctoral research from National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and Post-Doctoral research at Council for Social Development-Hyderabad (ICSSR-PDF). Earlier, Jafar worked in Tata Institute of Social Sciences-Hyderabad, CSD-Hyderabad, Azim Premji University-Bangalore and CDS-Thiruvananthapuram. His research interests fall in development with a focus on its link with education, labour migration, financial inclusion, local planning, informality, IPRs and gender. His publications include ‘Education, Migration and Human Development: Kerala Experience’ (Rawat-2018) and papers appeared in Oxford Development Studies, Social Change, Journal of Social Inclusion Studies, Journal of Health Management and Social Science in Perspective.


  • Post-Doctoral Research (2014-2016): Council for Social Development, Hyderabad (ICSSR Post-Doctoral Fellowship).
  • Online Certificate Course in ‘Intellectual Property Rights and Information Technology in the Internet Age’ (2014-15): Indian Law Institute, New Delhi
  • Doctoral Research (2007-2014): National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore (University of Manipal).
  • M.A – Economics (2004-2006): Dr. John Matthai Centre, Thrissur (University of Calicut, Kerala)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor: Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai (December 2017- )
  • Assistant Professor: School of Livelihoods and Development, Tata Institute of Social Science, Hyderabad (June – December 2017)
  • Assistant Professor: Council for Social Development, Hyderabad (February – May 2017)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Council for Social Development, Southern Regional Centre, Hyderabad (June 2014-November 2016)
  • Research Associate (Teaching Assistant): University Research Centre, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Karnataka (August 2013-May 2014)
  • Research Associate: School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore (January – July 2013)
  • Research Assistant: Planning Commission research unit attached to Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, (January- July 2007)


Education, Migration and Human Development: Kerala Experience”, Rawat Publications, Jaipur 2018.

Journal Papers

“Access to Medicines and Performance of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry: Examining India’s Experience in the New Patent Regime”, Journal of Health Management, Volume 20, Issue 4, October 2018 (Page: 411-426) [with P Sajna]

“Education and its Discontents: Investigating Barriers to Schooling among Denotified and Nomadic Communities”, Journal of Social Inclusion Studies, Volume: 4, Number: 1-July 2018 (Page 80-103) [with Kalpana Kannabiran, Sujit Kumar Mishra and Soumya Vinayan]

“Pattern of Public Expenditure and Social Development: Implications on Education-Led Development in Kerala, India”, AIJESS, March, 2016, (Page:18-27)

“Status of Muslim Women in Kerala: A Study of Female Age at Marriage in Malappuram District”. Hyderabad Social Development Papers, Volume: 3, Number: 1-3, December 2015 (Page: 23-45)

“Women’s Social Opportunity in Kerala: A Case for Looking beyond ‘Traditional’ Indicators”. AIJESS, August 2015, (Page: 12-24)

“Reservation and Women’s Political Freedom: Candidates’ Experience from Three Gram Panchayats in Kerala, India”. Social Change, Volume: 43, Number: 1, March 2013 (Page: 79-97)

“Mass Education-Led Growth and Non-Agrarian Villages: Long-term Results of the Kerala Model”. Oxford Development Studies, Volume: 38, Number: 1, March 2010 (Page: 25-42) [with Narendar Pani]

Book Chapters

“MGNREGS, SHGs and Women Empowerment: The Dynamic Role of Migration and Culture in Kerala”. In “Flagship Programmes: Impact, Problems and Challenges Ahead”, edited by K.P. Kumaran, P.K. Nath, K. Prabhakar, and N. Kalpalatha (pp: 153-168). New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2017

Published Reports

“Socio-Economic Status and Educational Attainment and Challenges of Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes: A study of (a) Western & Northern States – Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh (b) Southern States – Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry” Final consolidated report revised, compiled and edited by Kalpana Kannabiran, Sujit Kumar Mishra, Soumya Vinayan and K. Jafar. Council for Social Development, Southern Regional Centre, Hyderabad July 2017

“Mana Vooru Mana Pranalika (Our Village, Our Plan) Telangana: A Rapid Concurrent Survey” August 2014. Jointly written report: Published by Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, October 2014 (Joint Work)

Mimeo/Personal Archives

“Capabilities, Growth and Non-Agrarian Villages: Second Phase of the Kerala Model”. National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. (2008) [with Narendar Pani]: Click here to Read

“Social Networks and Labour Market: The experience of Malayalee Workers in Bangalore, India”. MPRA Paper 64754, (2009)

“A note on Decentralised Planning Initiative: Possible Lessons from the Kerala experience” MPRA Paper 65710, (2014)

Research Paper Presentations / Lectures

‘Migration and Urban Informal Labour Market: A Study of Labour Addas in the City of Hyderabad, India’: Development Convention 2018 on ‘India at Seventy: New Development Challenges ‘organised at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore: April 24-25 2018 [with Poulomi Bhattacharya]

‘The Plantation Economy of Assam: A study on Informality and Financial Inclusion’: International Conference on “India after 25 years of Economic Reforms: What’s achieved? What’s ahead?” organised by School of Economics, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod: March 1-3, 2018 [with Proma Bhattacharjee]

‘Informal Economy of Hyderabad’: Orientation lecture on Field Survey for MA Development Studies and MA Rural Development and Governance semester-1 students at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad: 26th July 2017

‘Migration and Development: Reflections from Malappuram’ in “Global Expat-Keralites Meet” organized by KSSP Kerala at Kannur: 02-04-2017

‘Financing Social Development in Telangana State: Prospects and Challenges’ in National Seminar on Institutions and Millennial Concerns in Development, held at Department of Economics, Government College, Kasaragod: December 15- 16, 2016

‘Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Local Development’- Frontier lecture on “Development Communication” at Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, SAFI Institute of Advanced Study, Vazhayoor, Kerala: August 5, 2016

‘Application of Digital Resources for Social Science Teaching and Research’ in Capacity Building Workshop conducted for college teachers at Vatanapplly Orphanage, Trichur- Kerala: May 4- 5, 2016

‘Pattern of Public Expenditure: Implications on Kerala’s Development Experience’ in national seminar on “Planning and Budgeting for 2016 in India: Problems and Prospects”, at Amal College of Advanced Studies, Nilambur, Malappuram: March 8-9, 2016

‘Migration and Process of Human Development: Revisiting Kerala’s Experience’, in national seminar on ‘Development Experience of Kerala: Issues and the Way Forward’ at Government College Malappuram, Kerala: February 28-March 1& 2, 2016

‘New Patent Regime and Indian Pharmaceutical Industry: Revisiting the Public Health Concerns’: International conference “The Evolving Regime in Intellectual Property Protection”, jointly organised by CESP-JNU, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Third World Network (TWN) under the umbrella of the Health Economics Association of India (HEAI), at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi: 2-4, November, 2015

‘Mass-Education, Migration and Development in Kerala: Alternative Narratives and Concerns’: Fourth International Congress on Kerala Studies- Sector-wise Seminar (vii) ‘Migration and welfare of NRIs: Organised by AKG Centre for Research and Studies, at Malabar Christian College, Calicut Kerala: 24-05-2015

‘Women Empowerment and Kerala’s Development Achievements: Looking beyond “Traditional” Indicators’: ICSSR sponsored national seminar on “Empowerment of Women: In the light of Globalisation in Kerala”, at MES Asmabi College, Kodungallur, Kerala: December 17-18 2014

‘MGNREGS, SHGs and Women Empowerment-The Dynamic Role of Migration and Culture in Kerala’: National Seminar on “Flagship Programmes: Impact, Problems and Challenges Ahead”, organised by Centre for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad: November 19 – 21, 2014

‘Sustainability of Urban Water Bodies-A Tale of Two Cities’: International Symposium on ‘Integrated Water resources management’ held on February 19-21, 2014 at Centre for Water Resources Development and Management, Kozhikode Kerala: [with H.S.K. Nathan & L. Hari]

‘Between Gender and Minority Status: A Study on Muslim Women in Kerala’: Panel discussion with author – organised by MAYA, raintree and GAIA on World Women’s Day at Changampuzha Hall, Sahitya Academy, Thrissur, Kerala: March 8th 2014

‘Remittances and Kerala Economy’: “Kerala Development Congress” conducted by KSSP Kerala in association with department of economics & department of political science, Maharajas College, at Ernakulam, Kerala: December 25-28, 2013

‘Education, Occupation and Social Opportunity- Women’s Experience in Malappuram, Kerala’: National Conference on ‘Economic Reforms, Growth and Social Welfare’ at Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala: 16-18 December, 2013

‘Survey Insights’: Orientation programme for the Field Assistants selected for research project on ‘Remote Village Electrification in India through Solar Home Systems- Assessments and Options’ at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore: 18-20 September, 2013

‘Dynamics of Education in Malappuram, Kerala: The Role of Migration, Regional Diversity and Social Groups’: International conference on “Grassroots Social Development” organised by Center for Information and Guidance- India in association with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Chennai, and University of Calicut, at Calicut, Kerala: February 4-6, 2013

‘Sustainability of Urban Water Bodies: A Tale of Two Cities’: URBIO 2012 (Urban Biodiversity Conference – 2012) held at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay: 8-12 October 2012 [with H.S.K. Nathan & P.L. Borgohain]

‘Informal Finance: Possibilities of alternatives’: Workshop on ‘Contemporary Indian Economy’ organised by CONCERN & CCS at Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore: 17th July 2012

‘Local’ Health In-Equity: An Emerging Challenge for ‘Global’ Leadership?’: International Exeter, University of Exeter, United Kingdom: July 23rd 2010 [with Sumanth. S.K & Yashwant. S.C.]

‘Education, Growth and Human Development in Kerala’: Talk at Department of Economics, Dr. John Matthai Centre, University of Calicut: September 15th 2009

‘Non-Agrarian Village Economies: Second Phase of the Kerala Model’: Talk at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore: February 6, 2008 (with Narendar Pani)

Area of Research

Interested in development with focus on its link with education, labour migration, financial inclusion, local planning, informality, IPRs and gender

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