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Prof Manish K. Jha

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Community Organisation and Development Practice , School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Delhi)

Manish K. Jha is a Professor at the School of Social Work at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has served as Dean, School of Social Work (2015-2018) and Chairperson, Centre for Community Organisation & Development Practice (2012-2015). He had served as a faculty in the Department of Social work, University of Delhi from 1999 to 2003.  In an academic career spanning over two decades of teaching and research on Social Policy, Social Action and Social Movement, Rural society and State, Community Organization and Development Practice, etc., Prof Jha has had the opportunity to engage with students, academicians, development professionals, leaders of the multilateral and non-profit organization across different parts of the country and abroad. He has extensive engagement with post-disaster relief and rehabilitation intervention.

Prof. Jha has published books and edited volumes on Politics of Social Justice and Development and on Human Rights. He has published numerous articles on Migration, Popular Politics, Social Justice, Poverty and Urban space and Disaster and Development, etc. in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He has authored several reports and research projects for Government agencies and Non-profit organizations. He has led several international and national collaborative research projects. He is a member of governing board of various universities, research organizations, and NGOs. His research interest includes social policy, structural social work, poverty, and social justice, migration; and middle classes in Indian cities.

He has been a visiting professor and fellow at numerous universities outside the country. This includes School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London (2009); School of Social Justice, University College Dublin, Ireland (2011); School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK (2013), Gothenburg University, Sweden (2013) and Oldenburg University, Germany (2015, 2018), University of Eastern Findland, Kuopio (2017), etc.


Middle Classes in Indian Cities

Populist Politics

Urban Community, Vulnerability and Community Organisation

Social Policy, Welfare and Development

Human Development and Human Security

Social Justice 


Traversing Bihar: Politics of Social Justice and Development. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan. 2014. See Here

Human Rights: Agencies and Agenda, Saloni Publications, New Delhi, 2003.



  • Risks and resilience: COVID-19 response and disaster management policies in India. 2021. India Review. Routledge. Vol 20, No 2, Pp 121-142. (with Sohini Sengupta). Read Here  
  • Pandemics, Public Health, and Sanitation Workers in Mumbai: Crisis of Work and Life'. Refugee Watch. 2021. Vol 57. Pp 14-33. (with Mouleshri Vyas). Read Here
  • Social construction of migrant identities: everyday life of Bangladeshi migrants in West Bengal. Community Development Journal. 2021. (with Anindita Chakrabarty) Read Here). 
  • Controlling Journeys, Controlling labour: COVID 19 and migrants, in Asha Hans, Kalpana Kannabiran, Manoranjan Mohanty and Pushpendra (eds.) Migration, Workers, And Fundamental Freedoms: Pandemic Vulnerabilities and States of Exception in India. New York: Routledge. 2021. (with Pushpendra). Read Here 
  • Social Policy and State–Community Relationships: Storm over Forest Rights in India. The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 50, Issue 8, December 2020. (with Sohini Sengupta). Read Here
  • ‘Stateless’ Rohingyas: persecution, displacement and complex community development, Community Development Journal. Read Here
  • Social Policy, COVID-19 and Impoverished Migrants: Challenges and Prospects in Locked Down India, The International Journal of Community and Social Development, Vol 2, No 2, PP 152-172. 2020. (With Sohini Sengupta). Read Here
  • Exploring the 'lived' Middle Class: Everyday experiences, anxieties and adjustments, in Christian Suter, S. Madheswaran and B.P. Mani (eds.) The Middle Class in Wold Society: Negotiations, Diversities and Lived Experiences. Routledge: New Delhi. 2020. (with Ibrahim Wani). Read Here
  • India and U.S can no longer afford to look away from systemic injustice. The Wire. 15 June 2020.   (with Sneha Tatapudy). Read Here
  • The Upward Slope of Pandemic Politics. The Newsclick, 27 April 2020. (with Ibrahim Wani). Read Here 
  • Will Migrant Workers and Their Grievances Always Be Invisible to the Public Eye? in The Wire, 17 April 2020. (with Ibrahim Wani). Read Here 
  • Insecurity and Fear Travel as Labour Travels in the Time of Pandemic in Ranabir Samaddar (Ed.)  Borders of an Epidemic: COVID-19 and Migrant Workers. Kolkata: Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, 2020 (with Ajeet Kumar Pankaj). Read Here
  • Social Work and the Community Question: Addressing Complexities of Social Structures in Gurnam Singh and Shepard Masocha (eds.) Anti-Racist Social Work: International Perspective. Macmillan International: London. 2020. (with P.K. Shajahan). Read Here
  • Populism and Deployment of Social Justice: Caste as a Coordinate in the Politics Bihar and U.P, Policies and Practices, in Populism: Politics,  Policies and Social Justice, Policies and Practices. Kolkata: CRG, 2019. Read here
  • Bihar in the Sixties and Seventies: The Enigmatic Figure of Karpoori Thakur. In Ranabir Samaddar (Ed.), From Popular Movements to Rebellion: The Naxalite Decade, New York: Routledge, 2019. Read Here
  • An Income Redistribution Plan will not end poverty, Hindustan Times (Op-Ed). February 12, 2019 (Co-authored). Read Here
  • Migration: Contemporary Issues and Concerns, The Indian Journal of Social Work (Special Editorial), 80 (1), 5-8, 2019. Read Here
  • On the Political Fringes. The Hindu (Op-Ed), May 8, 2019.  (Co-authored). Read Here
  • Homeless Migrants in Mumbai: Life and Labour in Urban Space in Ranabir Samaddar (eds.) Migrants and The Neoliberal City. Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan. 2018. Pp 123-146. See Here
  • Review of Annihilation of Caste (The Annotated Critical Edition)by B.R. Ambedkar, Community Development Journal, 54 (1), 158-163, 2019. Read Here
  • From Kosi to Delhi: Life and Labour of the Migrants in Ranabir Samaddar (eds.) Migrants and The Neoliberal City. Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan. 2018. Pp307-330. See Here
  • 'Migrant Crisis': Crisis, Othering and Border Walls in Mainstream Western Media Discourse". Refugee Watch, 49, June 2017. Pp 42-61. Read Here
  • Homeless Migrants in Mumbai: Life and Labour in Urban Space. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol LI, Nos 26 &27. June 25-July 2.Pp 67-77. 2016. Read Here
  • Community organising and political agency: changing community development subjects in India in Rosie R. Meade, Mae Shaw and Sarah Banks (eds.) Politics, power and community development. Bristol: Policy Press. Pp 65-82. 2016. See Here
  • Community Development Practice in India: Interrogating Caste and Common Sense in Mae Shaw and Marjorie Mayo (eds.) Class, Inequality and Community Development. Bristol: Policy Press. Pp 93-106. 2016. See Here
  • Liquid Disaster and Frigid Response: Disaster and Social Exclusion. International Social Work Vol. 58(5) 704–716. 2015. Read Here
  • Governing Caste and Managing Conflicts: Bihar, 1990-2011, in Ranabir Samaddar (ed.) “Government of Peace: Social Government, Security and the Problematic of Peace”, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing. 2015. See Here
  • Biopolitics and Urban Governmentality in Mumbai in Sandro Mezzadra and Ranabir Samaddar (eds.) The Biopolitics of Development. Springer India. 2013. See Here
  • The Idea of Identity card(s) and Experiences of Subaltern Mumbai in Atig Ghosh (Ed.) Branding the Migrant. Frontpage Publications. Kolkata. 2013. See Here
  • Disasters: Experiences of Development during the Embankment Years in Bihar in Ranabir Samaddar and Suhit Sen (eds.) New Subjects and New Governance in India. New Delhi: Routledge. 2012. See Here
  • State, Space and Political Subjects: A Case of Special Economic Zones. Indian Journal of Social Work. Vol 73. Issue 2. April 2012. Pp 157-176. See Here
  • Place of Poor in Urban Space. Policies and Practices. Vol 39. No 1. Kolkata: 2011. Read Here
  • ‘Human Security Crises in India: From Fiery Field of a Conflict Zone’ in Malcolm McIntosh and Alan Hunter (ed.) Perspectives on Human Security. Greenleaf Publishing. Sheffield. 2010. See Here
  • Gulamia Ab Hum Nahi Bajaibo: People’s Expressions for Justice in Jehanabad in Paula Bannerjee and Sajay Chaturvedi (ed.) Marginalities and Justice, Sage Publication. 2009.
  • Food security in Perspective: Significance of Social Action. Community Development Journal. Vol 44, No. 3 Oxford University Press. Pp 351-366. June 2009. Read Here
  • ‘Rights Based Approach and Social Work Academia: Challenges and Responsibilities via-a-vis Child Rights’ in Seema Sharma and Manoj K Jha (ed.) In Opposition to Silence. Alternotes Press. New Delhi. 2009. See Here
  • Food Needs Food for Thought: Starving Children under Globalisation. In. K. Satyarthi and B. Zutshi (Eds.), Globalisation, Development and Child Rights, New Delhi: Shipra Publications, 2006, 71-78. See Here
  • Hunger and Starvation Deaths: Call for Public Action,    Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXVII No.52. December 28, 2002- January 3, 2003. Mumbai. Read Here
  • Exclusion of Dalits: A Review from Human Rights Perspective,  Contemporary Social Work (Journal), Department of Social Work, Lucknow University, Lucknow Vol. XIX, April 2002. 




Experience, Aspiration and Struggles: A Study of New Middle Classes in India (Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research)

Department Research Support under Special Assistance Programme (Sponsored by University Grants Commission)

Good Practices in Overcoming Deprivation in India and UK, thematic collaboration between TISS and University of East London (UKIERI- UK India Education and Research Initiative, Sponsored by British Council)

Cities, Rural Migrants and the Urban Poor – Issues of Violence and Social Justice, Calcutta Research Group (Supported by Ford Foundation)

E-Content Project, Social Work, University Grants Commission and Ministry of HUman Resources DEvelopment, Government of India

International Development Project Award from the Animals & Society Institute (ASI) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Erasumus + award with University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland.

City and Data Centre, a collaborative project with WEstern Sydney University and MCRG, Kolkata.

Populism and political Practices, RLS & CRG.

Migrant Workers and Urbanization in Politically Sensitive Areas: A Study of Kashmir & Manipur, sponsored under IMPRESS-ICSSR

  • Social Policy, Planning and Programme (Postgraduate- TISS)
  • Social action, Advocacy and Movements ((Postgraduate- TISS)
  • Mobilization and Advocacy for Rights of Children and Families (Postgraduate-TISS)
  • Idea of India and Democracy 

Email: manishj[at]tiss[dot]edu