dr. (Rachel) R Kurian

dr. (Rachel) R Kurian
Visiting lecturer International Institute of Social Studies Academic staff unit
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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).

  • K Jayawardena & Rachel Kurian (2015) - Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations: Two Centuries of Power and Protest - Orient Blackswan
  • Rachel Kurian (1988) - Women and Plantations in the Caribbean - ILO
  • Rachel Kurian (1950) - Women Workers on Sri Lankan Plantations: a historical and contemporary analysis - ILO

  • Rachel Kurian & K Jayawardena (2017) - Plantation Patriarchy and Structural Violence: Women Workers in Sri Lanka - In L. Roopnarine, R. Mahase & M.S. Hassankhan, Social and Cultural Dimensions of Indian Indentured Labour and its Diaspora: Past and Present (pp. 25-50) - Routledge
  • Rachel Kurian, E Charkiewicz, K Bejtic, M Icoski, A Savevska & T Jungwirth (2015) - Violent Transitions: Economic Restructuring, the Financial Crisis and Human Insecurity in the Western Balkans - In The Global Classroom: The Impact of Economic Crisis and Foreign Debt on Human Rights (pp. 1-32) - [link] - European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)
  • K Jayawardena & Rachel Kurian (2015) - State, Citizenship and Democratic Deficits: Multiple Patriarchies and Women Workers on Sri Lankan Plantations - In J Uyangoda, Local Government and Local Democracy in Sri Lanka: Institutional and Social Dimensions (pp. 244-284) - Social Scientists' Association
  • Rachel Kurian (2013) - The Politics and Discourse of Flexicurity in the Age of Globalisation - In S. Sen & A. Chakrabarti, Development on Trial: Shrinking Space for the Periphery (pp. 283-308) - Orient Blackswan
  • Rachel Kurian (2010) - Flexicurity and Gender Mainstreaming: Deliberative Processes, Knowledge Networks and the European Labour Market - In B. Young & C. Scherrer, Gender Knowledge and Knowledge Networks in International Political Economy (pp. 75-93) - Nomos
  • Rachel Kurian (2006) - The Globalisation of Domestic Care Services - In T.-D. Truong, S. Wieringa & A. Chhachhi, Engendering Human Security: Feminist Perspectives (pp. 147-168) - Zed Press and Women Unlimited
  • Rachel Kurian (2003) - Labor, Race and Gender on the Coffee Plantations in Ceylon, 1834-1880 - In The global coffee economy in Africa, Asia and Latin America, 1500-1989 (pp. 173-190) - Cambridge University Press
  • Rachel Kurian (2002) - India: To Act and Learn - In - (pp. 41-55) - Fafo
  • Rachel Kurian (1999) - Women's Work in Changing Labour Markets: The Case of Thailand in the 1980s - In - (pp. 174-195) - MacMillan, St. Martin's Press
  • Rachel Kurian (1999) - Labour Markets in Developing Countries are Quite Different from Those in Developed Countries - In - (pp. 23-30) - UNDP
  • Rachel Kurian (1998) - Tamil women on Sri Lankan plantations - In Women Plantation Workers (pp. 67-88) - Taylor and Francis Ltd.
  • Rachel Kurian (1996) - Las Mujeres y El Crecimiento Economico Sostenible - In - (pp. 198-228) - UNAH POSCAE/Centro de Estudios de La Mujer
  • Rachel Kurian (1990) - la main d'oeuvre des plantations de Sri Lanka: l'histoire de sa lutte pour les droits politique - In - - Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud
  • Rachel Kurian (1988) - Tamil Women on Sri Lankan Plantations: Ethnicity, Patriarchy and Labour Control - In -
  • Rachel Kurian (1977) - "Labour Market Participation with Choice Possibilities" - In - - Recreatie en Maatschappelijk werk

  • Rachel Kurian & Surrendra Santokhi (2018) - Enacting urban citizenship: Harmonies and dissonances in well-being, health and security The Hague case of technology driven civic participation of elderly residents:The Izi project - 60th Anniversary IHS Conference 'Empowering Cities and Citizens'
  • Rachel Kurian & K Jayawardena (2018) - Changing Identities of the Plantation Community in Ceylon: Challenging the legacies of slavery, nationalist politics, class and ethnic discrimination - Conference on Slavery, Indentured Labour, Migration, Diaspora and Identity Formation
  • Rachel Kurian (2018) - The industrial Plantation under Colonialism in South Asia: Finance Capital Price Takers and Labour Regimes - Workshop on Colonial Agricultural Modernities, 1750s-1870s: Capital, Concepts, Circulations
  • Rachel Kurian (2017) - Accountability and Inclusion in the Western Balkans - The State of Accountability
  • Rachel Kurian & D Singh (2017) - Politics of Caste-based Exclusion and Poverty Alleviation Schemes in Rural India - International workshop on "The Politics of Inclusion", at UNESCO Headquarters
  • Rachel Kurian & K Jayawardena (2017) - Indebtedness and Socio-cultural Hierarchies on 19th Century Ceylon Plantations: Unfree Labour and Capitalism in South Asia - 2nd Leiden Slavery Studies Association Biennial ‘Slaving Zones’ Conference, SLAVERY AND FORCED LABOUR IN ASIA, C. 1250-C.1900: CONTINUITIES AND TRANSFORMATIONS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
  • Rachel Kurian & K Jayawardena (2013) - Plantation Patriarchy and Structural Violence: Women Workers in Sri Lanka - Conference on Bonded Labour, Migration, Diaspora and Identity Formation in Historical and Contemporary Context
  • 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 - Paper presented at the 15th International Metropolis Conference, "Justice and Migration: Paradoxes of Belonging"
  • Rachel Kurian & D Singh (2010) - Social Exclusion and Human Security in Rural India: Ambedkar Villages as Spaces of Contestation for Dalits - Paper presented at International Seminar on Understanding Social Exclusion: South Asian Context

  • 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"

  • Karin Astrid Siegmann, Sajitha Ananthakrishnan, K Fernando, KJ Joseph, K Romeshun, Rachel Kurian, Shasikala Samuel & PK Viswanathan (2020) - Fairtrade certified Tea in the Hired Labour Sector in India and Sri Lanka: Impact Study and Baseline Data Collection - Fairtrade International
  • Rachel Kurian (2008) - Building Bridges in Neighbourhoods :Connecting Communities, Celebrating Diversity and Promoting Civic Citizenship at local levels (Study done for The Hague Municipality) - ISS
  • Arjun Bedi & Rachel Kurian (2007) - Elimination of Child Labour Projects in Asia: An Evaluation (Consultancy Report for FNV) - ISS
  • Arjun Bedi & Rachel Kurian (2004) - Poverty, Gender and Social Exclusion in Mauritius (Consultancy Report for the African Development Bank) - ISS
  • Rachel Kurian (2003) - Women Workers in a Global Economy: Trends and Issues - ISS
  • Rachel Kurian (2000) - Policy Evaluation of the VMP: FNV Policy on Trade Union Rights in Asia (Desk Study) (Evaluation Report Submitted to FNV, May 2000) - ISS
  • Rachel Kurian (2000) - Policy Evaluation of the VMP: Child Labour Policy of the FNV (Evaluation Report Submitted to FNV, September 2000) - ISS
  • Rachel Kurian (2000) - Policy Evaluation of the VMP: FNV Policy on Trade Union Rights in Asia (Final report) (Evaluation Report Submitted to FNV, May 2000) - ISS
  • Rachel Kurian (2000) - World Employment: A Gender Perspective Thematic Report of Industrialised Countries - SIDA
  • Rachel Kurian (2000) - Policy Evaluation of the VMP: FNV Policy on Trade Union Rights in Asia (Field Study) (Evaluation Report Submitted to FNV, May 2000) - ISS
  • Rachel Kurian, T Fashoyin, MT Liwa & A Mlimuka (1999) - MWEMA II Women Workers in the Sugar Sector in Tanzania. Mid Term Review - ISS
  • Rachel Kurian (1998) - Consequences of the European Monetary Union for Women
  • R Pearson & Rachel Kurian (1998) - Gendered Critique of ILO World Employment Report - SIDA
  • Rachel Kurian (1998) - The EMU and Women's Work
  • Rachel Kurian (1997) - Trade Liberalization and Sustainable Employment: The Case of Women Workers in Thailand - International Centre for Research on Women
  • Rachel Kurian & Thanh Dam Truong (1997) - Gender and Enterprise Management
  • Rachel Kurian (1997) - Consequences for the European Union for Women
  • L Hanmer, N de, Rachel Kurian & JE Mooij (1997) - Poverty and Human Development: What Does the Future Hold? - ISS
  • L Hanmer, Nico Jong, Rachel Kurian & JE Mooij (1996) - Social Development: Past Trends and Future Scenarios (Consultancy Report for SIDA) - ISSAS
  • Rachel Kurian (1996) - Women, Employment and Poverty Alleviation: The Impacts of Economic Reform in Developing Countries - ISS
  • Rachel Kurian (1992) - Trade Union Co-financing Programme 1985-89: Evaluation Report on Malaysia
  • Rachel Kurian (1991) - Modern Management Practices and Labour Responses; Indian Industries in the 1990's - Institut du mouvement ouvrier international
  • Rachel Kurian (1990) - The Plantation Labour Regime Under Colonialism: The Case Study of South India - Centre for Asian Studies
  • Rachel Kurian (1990) - Agrarian Relations in South Asia, Research Report - WIDER, UN University
  • Rachel Kurian (1990) - Productivity and Profitability in the Plantation Sector - International Centre for Ethnic Studies
  • Rachel Kurian (1989) - The Fine-tuning of Plantation Labour (1922 - 1939) - Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud
  • Rachel Kurian (1989) - Class and Ethnic Consciousness in the Plantations - International Centre for Ethnic Studies
  • Rachel Kurian (1986) - "Class, Caste and Labour Control on the Sri Lankan Plantations"
  • Rachel Kurian (1986) - "Migration Patterns , Management Methods and the Development of the Plantation Workforce 1920- 1939"
  • Rachel Kurian (1982) - "Plantation Production, Crisis and the Contemporary State: an analysis of the sugar industry in Trinidad and Barbados"
  • Rachel Kurian (1982) - "The Position of Women Workers in Sri Lankan Plantations: an issues paper"
  • Rachel Kurian (1982) - "Government Policy, Plantations and Plantation Labour 1977-83"
  • Rachel Kurian (1981) - "Integration into Capitalism: the anthropological roots of labour control on Sri Lankan plantations"
  • Rachel Kurian (1980) - The Position of Women Workers in the Plantation Sector Sector of Sri Lanka
  • Rachel Kurian (1979) - "Income Distribution, Poverty and Employment" - Institute of Social Studies
  • Rachel Kurian (1950) - "Women, Politics and Trade Unions in Sri Lankan Plantations"

  • Helen Hintjens & Rachel Kurian (2019) - Social Inclusion (Journal)

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