Inclusive Development: Role of Employment and Environment

Mar 28–30, 2023 Download .ics

Bengaluru, India |

Inclusive development especially the role of employment opportunities in a changing world of work and the environment in envisioning inclusiveness


The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and its Young Scholars Initiative (YSI), in collaboration with Institute of Public Policy, NLSIU Bengaluru

About the conference:

This three-day conference will focus on inclusive development, especially the role of employment opportunities in a changing world of work and the environment in envisioning inclusiveness. The program will include contributions from senior academicians, policymakers, and legal professionals as well as paper presentations from selected young scholars from across the subcontinent.

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(Last updated: Mar 15 2023)

DAY 1 (March 28): Inclusive Development: Setting the context

6:30pm • Keynote - Bangalore International Center (get directions)

Prof. Jens Lerche (SOAS, University of London)

Jens has an MA and PhD in Social Geography from the University of Copenhagen, His research focuses on India. His research interests include the political economy of agrarian transformation, and class and caste relations in agrarian transition; the political economy of labour relations, unfree labour and rural labour migration; and struggles, movements and labour organisations; and the role of the ILO. Recent publications include the co-authored volume Ground Down by Growth. Tribe, Caste, Class, and Inequality in Twenty-First Century India; and articles on class, caste and social mobilisation, and on agrarian transition and agrarian crisis an Indian context,. He is editor of the Journal of Agrarian Change. His present research is on inequality and poverty of Dalits and Adivasis in India, funded by the ESRC and ERC.

DAY 2 (March 29): Inclusive Development and Employment

9:30—11.00am • Panel discussion - National Law School Allen & Overy Hall

Can technological change lead to an inclusive future of work and promote inclusive development?

Adoption of new technologies such as automation, AI and industrial robots in the production process continues to grow rapidly in every country. The question that has emerged globally is the impact of these technologies on employment and on overall society. In the context of a developing country with already existing inequality and social exclusion, the question is twofold: what is the future of work and is the future of work inclusive? This is a critical juncture for discussions around labour as technology has brought about not only a rapidly changing workforce, but also workplace scenarios. The emergence of gig and platform work has introduced labour law to new challenges where the employment relationship is digitally mediated and involves the algorithmic management of labour. As a response to this, lawmakers and workers’ organizations have experimented with different approaches: ranging from the demands for a bare minimum of social security and transparency in working conditions to a more comprehensive, worker centred transformation of how gig and platform work is structured. The ultimate effects of technological progress on labour relations will be determined by how it is used and how people, firms, governments, institutions, and international organizations respond and prepare for these changes in the economy and society. This panel will discuss these challenges faced by a developing country like India and reflect on possible ways forward, with a focus on gig and platform work.


11:00–11:30am • Tea break

11:30am—1:30pm • Thematic paper presentations - National Law School Allen & Overy Hall

The Impact of Technology on the Labour Market

Session Chair: Prof. Sony Pellissery, NLSIU

11:30–11:50: Paper presentation by Areesha Khan, IIT Bombay Monash Research Academy: Making Workers Better Off or Worse Off? Platformization and Work in India

11:50–12:00: Discussion by Dr. Vijay G, Hyderabad University

Q&A: 10 minutes

12:10–12:30: Paper presentation by Shobhna Kunwar, JNU, Delhi: A Dissection of Dystopian Vision of Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Employment

12:30–12:40: Discussion by Prof. Jens Lerche, SOAS

Q&A: 10 minutes

12:50–13:10: Paper presentation by Poorva Sharma, Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur (MP): The Rise of Automation in Developing Countries to bolster Global Value Chains: Techno-analysts’ Dilemma

13:10–13:20: Discussion by Jay Pocklington, INET

Q&A: 10 minutes

1:00–2:30pm • Lunch - National Law School Training Centre

2:30–5:20pm • Thematic paper presentations - National Law School Allen & Overy Hall

Employment and Inclusivity

Session Chair: Prof. Bino Paul, TISS

14:30–14:50: Paper presentation by Pragya Pasricha, Government of Meghalaya, Shilong and Prutha Pandharkame, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore: Can Technology Save us “All”? : Understanding AI-Based Discrimination Against Women in Platform Economy

14:50–15:00: Discussion by Dr. Danilo Spinola, Birmingham City University Q&A: 10 minutes

15:10–15:30: Paper presentation by Dr. Pesala Peter, ISEC, Bengaluru: The Role of Employment Generation through MGNREGA and its Inclusive Development: A Case Study of Munduru Gram Panchayat in Karnataka

15:30–15:40: Discussion by Dr. Aniket Nandan, NLSIU

Q&A: 10 minutes

15:50–16:10: Paper presentation by Krishna Priya Choragudi, IIT Delhi: Women’s Participation in Rajasthan’s Urban Employment Guarantee Program

16:10–16:20: Discussion by Prof. Rinku Lamba, NLSIU

Q&A: 10 minutes

16:40–17:00: Paper presentation by Yadu C R, RV University, Bangalore: Labour transformation across space and time: a case study of two villages in South India

17:00–17:10: Discussion by Dr. Sudipa Sarkar, NLSIU

Q&A: 10 minutes

DAY 3 (March 30): Inclusive Development and the Environment

9:30–11:00am Panel discussion - National Law School Allen & Overy Hall

How can inequalities and injustices of pollution be accounted for in envisioning inclusive development?

Impacts of pollution (including climate change), while ubiquitous, vary in pattern and strength across regions as well as across socio-economic groups within a region. On the one hand, disadvantaged groups are more exposed and susceptible to pollution related damages with limited ability to cope and recover from the losses. On the other hand, socioeconomic inequalities further facilitate the obstruction of climate policies by wealthy elites, undermine public support for the policy, and weaken the social foundations of collective action. This panel will discuss how such environment related outcomes of must feature in the conceptualization of inclusive development.


11:00–11:30am • Tea break

11:30am—1:30pm Thematic paper presentations - National Law School Allen & Overy Hall

Inclusive Development and the Environment

Session chair: Dr. Danilo Spinola, Birmingham City University

11:3011:50: Paper presentation by Akansh Akansh, Indian Institute of Management Indore, Indore: Global Environmental Justice Movements for Biodiversity Conversation: An Empirical Review

11:50–12:00: Discussion by Prof. Navdip Mathur, IIM Ahmedabad

Q&A: 10 minutes

12:10–12:30: Paper presentation by Anushree Pratap: Mapping Heat Wave Impacts on Low-Income Workers in East Haryana

12:30–12:40: Discussion by Prof. Sneha Thapliyal, NLSIU

Q&A: 10 minutes

12:50–13:10: Paper presentation by Shashi Bhushan Mishra, University of Calcutta, Kolkata: What Drives the Aspiration for Education and Career Choices of an Adolescent? A Field Analysis from Hooghly District of West Bengal

13:10–13:20: Discussion by Prof. Pranab Mukhopadhyay, Goa University Q&A: 10 minutes

Lunch - National Law School Training Centre

• Consolidation & Future Research Collaborations National Law School Allen & Overy Hall

High-level summary of the conference, an open discussion on potential future research collaborations, and opportunities for continued involvement.

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Organising committee at the Institute of Public Policy, National Law School of India University: Sneha Thapliyal, Sudipa Sarkar and Sony Pellissery

Organising committee at the INET-YSI: Heske van Doornen, Jay D. Pocklington, Sattwick Dey Biswas and Sunanda Nair-Bidkar


Meet the leaders and scholars whose new thinking guides our work. View all speakers

  • Jens Lerche

    Professor, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

  • Bino Paul

    Deputy Director / Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor, Centre for Human Resources Management and Labour Relations, School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

  • G Vijay

    Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of Hyderabad

  • G Manjunath

    Additional Labour Commissioner (Industrial Relations), Government of Karnataka

  • Jane Cox


  • Babu Mathew

    Professor, National Laws School of India University

  • AK Jayasankaran Nambiar

    Justice, High Court of Kerala

  • Navdeep Mathur

    Associate Professor of Public Systems Group, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

  • Pranab Mukhopadhyay

    Professor of Economics, Goa University

  • Sneha Thapliyal

    Associate Professor of Economics, National Law School of India University