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Sharit Bhowmik is Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Labour Studies, Tata institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has been engaged in research on informal employment, especially street vendors, for the past 15 years. He was a member of the National Task Force on Street Vendors and of the Drafting Committee for the National Policy (2004) appointed by the Ministry of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation (now renamed the Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation). He has edited a volume on Street Vendors in the Global Urban Economy (Routledge, 2010) and published a book titled Industry, Labour and Society (Orient Blackswan, 2012). He has also published several articles in peer reviewed journals and as chapters in books on labour, informal economy and worker co-operatives, as well as a monograph on tea plantation labour.
Debdulal Saha is Assistant Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus. He received his MA in Economics from the University of North Bengal and his PhD from the TISS Mumbai. As a PhD scholar, he was a recipient of the prestigious scholarship from the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), part of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).He has published papers on street vendors and the informal economy in national and international journals and has served as a research coordinator in three major research projects on street vendors in the urban informal economy. He has co-edited a book on the Food Crisis and its Implication on Labour.
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