Rachel Kurian is Senior Lecturer in International Labour Economics at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.
She has degrees in Mathematics and Economics, and has studied at the University of Madras (India), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), University of Delhi (India), University of Cambridge (UK) and University of Amsterdam where she completed her PhD in 1989.
Dr. Kurian's interests lie in the arena of migration, human rights, poverty, gender, trade unions, and labour (including child labour) in the context of economic restructuring - a focus which is reflected in her publications and current curriculum.
Her wide-ranging interest and expertise is corroborated by field experience in Asia (Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and South Korea), Latin America (Colombia, Peru, Surinam, Chile and Ecuador), (Eastern) Europe (Bosnia Herzegovina), the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados) and Africa (South Africa, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zimbabwe).
Rachel Kurian & K Jayawardena (2013) - Plantation Patriarchy and Structural Violence: Women Workers in Sri Lanka
Rachel Kurian (2007) - Vulnerabilities of International Women Migrants in the Health Sector: A Value Chain Approach ( Paper presented at the Conference "Crossing Borders", University of Iowa, 5-7 April 2007)
Rachel Kurian (2007) - Gendered Knowledge and Networks in deliberative processes and regimes: The absence of gender in the discourse on Flexicurity (Paper presented at the Garnet Conference on Gender Knowledge and Knowledge Networks in International Political Economy, 19-21 July 2007)
Rachel Kurian (2007) - Expanding human security or managing migration: Deliberations on International Rights in the context of economic globalization (Paper presented at the Conference International Migration, Multi-Local Livelihoods and Human Security, The Hague, August 2007)
Rachel Kurian (2007) - Managing" the Rights and Citizenship of Migrant Workers: Controls and Contestation in Policy and Practice (Paper presented at the Conference, Transnational Migration, Multi-local Livelihoods and Human Security, ISS, 1-2 September 2007)
Rachel Kurian (2006) - The Politics of Flexibility in the Age of Globalisation (Paper presented at the international conference on 'Development in Open Economies: Industry and Labour' organised by the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India).
Rachel Kurian (2006) - Labour Vulnerabilities and the Rights of International Women Migrants in the Health Sector: A Value Chain Approach (Paper presented at the International Research Conference e Impact of Global Production Systems on Trade Union Strategies' 10-11 May 2006, ISS, The Hague)
Rachel Kurian (2002) - Women Workers in a Global Economy: Trends and Issues (Paper presented at the Conference on Women's Rights as Workers Rights organized by American Centre for International Labour Solidarity and The AFL-CIO, Bellagio, Italy, 13-16 May 2002)
Rachel Kurian & CM Cooper (2010) - Neighbourhoods as Sanctuaries: Connecting Communities through Deliberative Politics, Civic Citizenship and an Ethics of Care
Rachel Kurian & D Singh (2010) - Social Exclusion and Human Security in Rural India: Ambedkar Villages as Spaces of Contestation for Dalits
Rachel Kurian (1989) - State, Capital and Labour in the Plantation Industry in Sri Lanka 1934- 1984
Rachel Kurian (1984) - The Exploitation of Women on the Plantations: Tamil Women Workers on Tea Plantations
Rachel Kurian (1984) - "Plantation Politics" in Race and Class
Rachel Kurian (1984) - "Dharmistha - A Righteous Society
Rachel Kurian (1984) - "The Sri Lankan State and the Ethnic Crisis"
Rachel Kurian (1982) - The Organisation of Small- Scale Dairy Producers in Sri Lanka
Rachel Kurian (1982) - "The Formation of Independent Local Level Dairy Producers' Societies within a Union Structure"
Rachel Kurian (1982) - "Blueprint for a National Dairy Development Board"