Speaker's Profile

Dr T S Papola

Dr T S Papola is one of India’s leading development economists with over four decades of experience in teaching, research and advisory assignments.He specialises in the areas of labour and employment, development planning, industrial economics, regional development and enterprise development. He has taught at the Universities of Lucknow and Bombay, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and University of Cambridge, UK. He was Director of Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow and the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi and advisor with the Planning Commission, Government of India. He also worked as a Division Head at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu. 

Dr Papola has published 14 books and over 120 research papers in reputed journals and edited volumes. He was a member of the National Commission on Enterprises in Unorganised Sector (NCEUS), appointed by the Government of India (2005 - 2009), as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).He has worked in consultative and advisory capacities with international organizations such as ILO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNICEF, UNDP and Asian Development Bank, and has been on advisory missions and assignments in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Gambia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Dr Papola was President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics from 1994 - 2008. He was also President of the Indian Economic Association in 2005 - 2006. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of Governors at Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow and of the Council of Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), Nainital.