Dr. S.K. Sasikumar is an economist by training and holds a Ph.D. degree in the discipline. His main areas of professional interests include: labour migration, labour market analysis, globalization and labour, and research methods. He has nearly 25 years of research and training experience in the area of labour studies.
He has been associated as a Member of major National Level Commissions/Committees like Study Group on Globalization, Second National Commission on Labour (2002), Committee on Emigration Act, Government of India (2003), Committee on Emigration, Government of Kerala (2004), Working Group on Labour Force and Employment Projection for the Eleventh Five Year Plan, Govt. of India (2007-2012), Member, Technical Group on Second Employment-Unemployment Survey, Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment (2011), Core Member, South Asian Migration Resource Network and Member, International Editorial Advisory Board of the journal, Migration and Development (Published by Routledge).
He is the Editor of the journal, Labour & Development. He is the coordinator of the Centre for Labour Market Studies and the Integrated Labour History Research Programme, two of the major research centres of the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI).
He has undertaken several research projects on important concerns of labour studies. Some of the recent and international level research studies carried out include: Labour Market and Employment Assessment: A District Level Analysis (International Labour Organisation (ILO)); Social Adjustment in Globalization: The Role of Social Actors (ILO & Japan Institute of Labour Policy and Training); International Labour Migration from Independent India (VVGNLI); External Migration and Remittances (Asian Development Bank (ADB) &VVGNLI); Pedagogical Materials on Decent Work (International Institute for Labour Studies ); Labour Markets in India: Issues and Perspectives (ADB); Skill Profiling and Skill Certification for Overseas Employment (Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and International Organisation for Migration ); Global Slowdown and Export Sector in India: Impact on Production and Employment (Department of Commerce, Government of India); Assessing the Need and Impact of Making National Floor Level Minimum Wages Statutory (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Annual Report to the People on Employment, 2010 (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Mid-term Evaluation of the Scheme of Upgradation of 1396 Government ITIs through Public Private Partnership (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Migration of Women Workers from South Asia to the Gulf (UN WOMEN); Unemployment Insurance in India (Korea Labour Institute); Evaluation Study of Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for Handicapped (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Evaluation Study of Coaching-cum-Guidance Centre for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Ministry of Labour & Employment); Skill Mapping in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Assessing Supply and Demand Gaps (Andaman and Nicobar Administration); and Youth Employment in India (VVGNLI).
He has coordinated several international and national level training programmes on themes like: Labour Migration, Industrial Relations, Globalisation and Labour, Research Methods, Trade Unionism, and Skill Development. He has been the Course Director of nearly 20 international training programmes and 75 national level training programmes.
Unemployment Insurance in India (Korea Labour Institute)
Evaluation Study of Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for Handicapped (Ministry of Labour & Employment)
Evaluation Study of Coaching-cum-Guidance Centre for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Ministry of Labour & Employment)
Skill Mapping in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Assessing Supply and Demand Gaps (Andaman and Nicobar Administration)
Youth Employment in India (VVGNLI)