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Dr Nilanjana Ray

Assistant Professor , Hyderabad campus

School of Gender Studies

B.Sc. (Calcutta University),
M.A. (University of Allahabad),
Ph.D. in Modern History (University of Allahabad),
Ph.D. in Social Work (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

Nilanjana Ray has an interdisciplinary background in History and Social Work. Her PhD in History was on Child Labour in India. In the Social Work Programme, the topic of her dissertation was Vulnerability to Human Trafficking. Prior to joining TISS, Dr. Ray worked for five years in UNICEF India Country Office in the Child Protection Unit. She brings the combined strength of her field experience and research training in both India and United States to class.

Her research interests are (a)Human Trafficking and (b)Women’s Migration.. Dr. Ray’s publications in international journals are in the field of trafficking. She has published book chapters on trafficking and on Indian women’s migration to the Gulf region.

She is a reviewer for Springer, Routledge, Sage and Sage Open.

She teaches courses on (a) Philosophy and Methods of Social Research, (b) Migration, Labour and Economy, (c) State, Women’s Rights and Legal Advocacy and (d) Project Management and Impact Evaluation.

Human Trafficking



1. Ray, N. 2019. Indian Women as Nurses and Domestic Workers in the Middle East: A feminist perspective. In S. Irudaya Rajan and Prem Saxena (eds.) India’s Unskilled Migration to the Middle East: Policies, Politics and Challenges. Pp339-354. New Delhi: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-981-13-9223-8. 

2. Ray, N. 2019. “A Study on the effectiveness of sponsorship on the lives of sponsored children”. Funded by World Vision.

3. Ray, N. 2019. “A Study of the Observation Homes of Telangana”. Funded by UNICEF.4. Ray, N. 2018. “Report on Children’s’ and Adults’ Perceptions about Child Safety and Abuse”. Funded by World Vision India.

5.  Ray, N., U. Vindhya and U. Ponnaiah. 2018. “Conditional Cash Transfer Schemes and Child Marriages: An exploratory Study in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana”. Funded by Plan India.

6. Ray, N. 2017.“Human Trafficking: A form of violence against women”. In Rashmi Jain

and Virendra Goswami (Eds.) Series on Gender. New Delhi: Studium Press, LLC. 

7. U. Vindhya & Nilanjana Ray. 2016. Marriage or Trafficking: The phenomenon of Sheikh Marriages in Hyderabad. TISS_LSE project on Violence against Women. 

8. Ray, N. & U. Vindhya. 2016. Thematic Paper on cross-cutting and emerging issues related to Adolescents in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. CESS-UNICEF. 

9. Ray, N. 2016. “Short-term Relationship”, Development and Cooperation, July 2016, 33- 34. 

10. Ray, N. 2016. “Patriarchy and forbidden love”, The Book Review Journal (Special issue on Gender), August 2016. 

11. Ray, N. 2014. “Aborted girls and trafficked brides: An Asian tragedy”. Development and Cooperation, 41 (4), April 2014, 156-158. 

12. Ray, N. 2007. “Wither childhood? Child trafficking in India”. Social Development Issues, 29 (3), 72-83. 

13.  Ray, N. 2006. “Looking at trafficking through a new lens”. Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, 12 (3), 909-927.




1.Ray, N. 2020. ‘Use of Social Media in Child Trafficking’. Online Child Trafficking: Mapping the Landscape. CyberPeace Foundation and K.T. Somaiyya College, Mumbai, January 5, 2020.

2. Ray, N. 2020. ‘Risk Prevention and Mitigation of Gender -Based Violence in World Bank Projects’. Consultative Group Meeting on the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Framework. World Bank Office, New Delhi, January 29, 2020.

3. Ray, N. 2020. ‘Offline to Online: Latest trend in human trafficking’. National Conference on Perspectives on Trafficking. University of Hyderabad and Symbiosis Law School Hyderabad, February 9, 2020.

4. Ray, N. 2019.  ‘Gender Equality and Empowerment: Prioritizing Industries and Prioritizing Themes’. Global Roundtable on Benchmarking Ethical Business Practices. World Benchmarking Alliance and the Consulate of Netherlands. Mumbai, March 7, 2019.

5. Ray, N. 2019. ‘Women and Land Rights’. Consultative Group Meeting on Women’s Economic Empowerment. World Bank Office, New Delhi, May 8, 2019.

6. Ray, N. 2019. 'Gender based violence and women’s labour force participation.’ Consultative Group Meeting on Women’s Economic Empowerment. World Bank Office, New Delhi, October 25, 2019.

7. Ray, N. 2019. "Gender Equality and Empowerment: Prioritizing Industries and Prioritizing Themes". Global Roundtable on Benchmarking Ethical Business Practices. World Benchmarking Alliance and the Consulate of Netherlands. Mumbai, March 7, 2019. 

8. Ray, N. 2019. "Human Trafficking, Human Misery". Sensitization Workshop on Human Trafficking for Officers of the Indian Revenue Service. National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics, Hyderabad Campus. February 19, 2019.
9. Ray, N. 2019. Consultative Group Meeting on Women’s Economic Empowerment. World Bank Office, New Delhi, January 31, 2019. 

10.Ray, N. 2018. “Human Trafficking, Human Misery: The trade in human beings”. Short-term Programme on Gender Sensitization, Human Resource Development Centre, University of Hyderabad, August 31, 2018. 

11. Ray, N. 2018. “Gender and Sustainable Forest Management”. Workshop on Forests and Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges of Adaptation and Mitigation, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, August 29, 2018. 

12. Ray, N. 2018. “Barriers to Economic Empowerment of Women: Lessons from the field”. Workshop on Women’s Economic Empowerment, World Bank Office, New Delhi, May 17, 2018. 

13. Ray, N. 2018. “Research with Children: Ethics, Methods and Challenges”. Workshop on Perceptions of Children about Abuse, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, August 16-17, 2018.

14. Ray, N. 2017. “Speaking of the Unspeakable: The Debate on Sex Trafficking in Colonial India.” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, Hofstra University, New York, June 1-June 4, 2017. 

15. Ray, N. 2017. “Exploring the lived experience of daily-commuting women construction workers: Vulnerabilities and resilience”. National Conference of the Indian Association of Women’s Studies, Chennai, January 22-25, 2017. 

16. Ray, N. 2016. “Narrative Inquiry”. UGC Workshop for Young Faculty, St. Francis College, Hyderabad, September 20, 2016. 

17.Ray N. 2016. “Exploring the anti -trafficking movement in India: A movement against gender based violence”. National Conference on Sociology of Social Movements: Trends and Directions in Contemporary India, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, June 12- 13, 2016. 

18.  Ray, N. 2016. “Adolescents in India: The context of vulnerability”. Strategic Consultation on Adolescents, Hotel Marigold, Hyderabad, May 12, 2016.

19.  Ray N. 2016. “International Migration by Indian Women: Healthcare and Domestic Workers in the Middle East”. ICSSR Conference on Migration Studies, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, March 21-26, 2016. 

20. Ray, N. 2014. Marriage Poems as Historical Sources – Mining cultural forms for women’s voices. Shifting Contours Widening Concerns: Women’s History, Historiography and the Politics of Historical Representation, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, 11 -13 February 2015. 

21.  Ray, N. 2013. Women Who Traffic Women into Sexual Slavery: What do we know about them? Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, USA, San Diego, California, January 16-20, 2013. 

22.  Ray, N. 2011. Does Domestic violence make women more vulnerable to sex trafficking? Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, USA, Tampa, Florida, January 12-16, 2011. 

23.  Ray, N. 2005. Re-conceptualizing Trafficking. Conference on Sexual Slavery: New Approaches to an Old Problem, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York City, NY.

  1. "Marriage or Trafficking? The Phenomenon of Sheikh Marriages in Hyderabad" [Funded by London School of Economics] - Completed
  2. "Perceptions about Child Abuse: An Exploratory Study in Two Districts of Andhra Pradesh" [ Funded by World Vision] - Completed
  3. "An Exploratory Study of the Conditional Cash Transfer Schemes in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to Prevent Child Marriage" [Funded by Plan India] - Completed
  4. "Baseline Survey of Shelter Homes in Telangana"[Funded by Government of Telangana] - Completed
  5. "Study of the functioning of Observation Homes in Telangana”. [Funded by CESS , NALSAR and UNICEF] - Completed
  6. “Study on the effectiveness of child sponsorship in the lives of sponsored children and their families”. [Funded by CESS and World Vision] - Completed

  1. Migration, Labour and Economy (M.A. Women's Studies)
  2. State, Women's Rights and Legal Advocacy (M.A. Women's Studies)
  3. Philosophy and Methods of Social Research (M.A. Women's Studies)
  4. Project Management and Impact Evaluation (M.A. Women's Studies)

Email: nilanjana.ray[at]tiss[dot]edu


                                                Email:   nilanjana.ray@tiss.edu