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Sarkar, Sudipa


Personal profile


I am a Lecturer in Economic Studies at University of Dundee School of Business.  My research interests are in the fields of Labour and Development Economics with a particular focus on skills and education, future of work, decent work, and social inequality. Before joining Dundee, I worked as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Policy at National Law School of India University and at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, UK. I stay associated with Warwick as an Honorary Associate Professor. I have also been Marie Jahoda Visiting Fellow at Digital Futures at Work Research Centre, University of Sussex, UK, a Visiting Researcher at European Foundation for Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), Dublin and a Fellow at Global Labour Organisation (GLO). 

I completed my PhD in 2017 as a Marie Curie PhD Fellow at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Salamanca, Spain.  I have worked in several other research organisations and projects in the past such as Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, Institute of Rural Management Anand, and Young Lives Project (led by Oxford University).

In a personal capacity, I have also served as a member of the Oxfam Great Britain's Policy Advisory Group from 2018 to 2021.


Journal Publications

  • Local Crime and Child Marriage: Evidence from India”,  accepted in Journal of Development Studies (ABS 3), February, 2024
  • "Who Eats Last? Intra-Household Gender Inequality in Food Allocation Among Children" (with Dipanwita Ghatak, Soham Sahoo, and Varun Sharma) – accepted in Population Studies, June, 2023.
  • “Employment trajectories and mental health-related disability in Belgium” (with Rebeka Balogh, Sylvie GADEYNE, Christophe Vanroleen, and Chris Warhurst) – accepted in International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, September, 2022.
  • “Public Attitudes towards Welfare in UK: Re-setting the Debate” (with Michael Orton)- published in Critical Social Policy (ABS 2), Volume 43, Issue 1, March 2022.
  • "Measuring the impact of AI on jobs at the organization level: Lessons from a survey of UK business leaders" (with Wil Hunt and Chris Warhurst) - published in Research Policy (ABS 4), Volume 51, Issue 2, March 2022, 104425.
  • Employment Transitions of Women in India: A Panel Analysis” (with Soham Sahoo and Stephan Klasen), World Development (ABS 3), Volume 115, pp. 291-309, 2019.
  • “Employment Change in Occupations in Urban India: Implications for Wage Inequality”, Development and Change (ABS 3), Volume 50, issue 5, pp. 1398-1429, 2019.
  • “Educational mismatch in Europe at the turn of the century: Measurement, intensity and evolution” (with Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo, Raquel Sebastián and José-Ignacio Antón), International Journal of Manpower (ABS 2), Vol. 39 No. 8, pp. 977-995, 2018.
  • “Employment Polarization and Over-education in Germany, Spain, Sweden and UK”, Empirica, 44(3): 435-463, 2017.
  • “Children’s Experience of Multidimensional Deprivation: Relationship with Household Monetary Poverty” (with Renu Singh), The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 56: 43-56, 2015.
  • “Does Teaching Quality Matter? Students Learning Outcome Related to Teaching Quality in Public and Private Primary Schools in India” (with Renu Singh), International Journal of Educational Development, 41: 153-163, 2015.
  • “Wages and Informal Labour Markets in India: Whither premiums on human capital investments?” (with Jeemol Unni), Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 56, No. 4, 2013.
  • “Changing Occupation, Changing Skills: Graduate Labour Market in India” (with Jeemol Unni), Vikalpa, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2012.

Book Chapter

  • “Employment and Education. An Exploration of the Demand Side Story” (with Jeemol Unni) in Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta (eds), Navigating the Labyrinth. Perspectives on India's Higher Education. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, pp. 157-184, 2017.


Working Papers

  • “Local Crime and Child Marriage: Evidence from India”, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Working Paper 37, 2021 
  • “Social Identity and Aspiration-Double Jeopardy or Intersectionality? Evidence from Rural India” (with Bhaskar Chakravorty and Clare Lyonette), GLO Discussion Paper no. 724, 2020.
  • “Methodology of the Construction of Task Indices for the European Jobs Monitor” (with Enrique Fernadez-Macias, Martina Bisello and Sergio Torrejón), Eurofound, 2016.
  • “Learning Environments in Andhra Pradesh, India: Children’s Academic Self-Concept and Mathematics Achievement” (with Renu Singh), Young Lives Working Paper 137, Young Lives, UK, March, 2015.
  • “Education and Employment: An Exploration of the Demand Side Story” (with Jeemol Unni), Institute for Employment Research Working Paper, University of Warwick, UK, December, 2011.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Honorary Associate Professor, University of Warwick

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