Raghav Mehrotra

External Consultant | rmehrotra at iihs dot ac dot in

2018    BA (Hons), History, Stanford University, California, USA



Countries: India
States: Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra
Cities: Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai
Languages: English, Hindi

Raghav Mehrotra holds a Bachelor’s in History from Stanford University where he used oral histories to trace the ideas of ‘home’ for witnesses of India’s Partition. At IIHS, Raghav studies women’s participation in the platform economy. His interest in labour stems from three years of work at the nonprofit Aajeevika Bureau, where he researched themes of informality, seasonal migration, occupational safety and value chains across rural and urban Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Having worked closely with Kaamgar Sahayata Samiti, a manufacturing workers’ collective, he is interested in how solidarities and fissures emerge within worker platforms in the informal economy, especially during strikes and other worker-employer conflicts. In the future, he hopes to pursue these interests through legal research into wage theft and occupational accidents across emerging forms of work.

Journal Articles

  • Mehrotra, R., & Jayaram, N. (2022, Forthcoming). Informal, inadequate, inconsistent: Circular migrants access to public provisioning in Ahmedabad. Urbanisation.


Books/Book Chapters

  • Mehrotra, R., & Parpiani, M. (2022). Living with precariousness: Survival in small manufacturing enterprises. In S. Patel, D. Parthasarathy & G. Jose (Eds.), Mumbai / Bombay: Majoritarian neoliberalism, informality, resistance, and wellbeing (pp. 67-83). Routledge.



  • Aajeevika Bureau. (2020). Unlocking the urban: Reimagining migrant lives in cities post-Covid-19. https://ruralindiaonline.org/en/library/resource/unlocking-the-urban-reimagining-migrant-lives-in-cities-post-covid-19/
  • Aajeevika Bureau. (2018). Report on the social audit of the BOCW welfare board, Rajasthan. http://www.nirmana.org/Documents/BOCW_social_audit_report-udaipur_Rajasthan.pdf



  • Varma, D., Bharadkar, K., & Mehrotra, R. (2021, September 27). India’s new labour codes fail migrant workers whose vulnerability was highlighted by lockdown crisis. Scroll.in. https://scroll.in/article/974137/indias-new-labour-codes-fail-migrant-workers-whose-vulnerability-was-highlighted-by-lockdown-crisis
  • Parpiani, M., Paradkar, D., & Mehrotra, R. (2020, August 26). Marginal employers and migrant workers: Self-employed in Mumbai’s informal manufacturing and recycling industries. Dvara Research. https://www.dvara.com/blog/2020/08/26/marginal-employers-and-migrant-workers-self-employed-in-mumbais-informal-manufacturing-and-recycling-industries-interview-with-representatives-of-aajeevika-bureau/
  • Mehrotra, R., & Parpiani, M. (2020, July 25). In Mumbai’s small manufacturing neighbourhoods, broken supply chains, rent burdens hamper recovery. Scroll.in. https://scroll.in/article/968471/in-mumbais-small-manufacturing-neighbourhoods-broken-supply-chains-rent-burdens-hamper-recovery
  • Jayaram, N., & Mehrotra, R. (2020, April 24). Marooned in the city. Frontline. https://frontline.thehindu.com/cover-story/article31257591.ece
  • Mehrotra, R. (2020, April 8). Masking inequality. India Development Review. https://idronline.org/ground-up-stories/covid-19-masking-inequality/
  • Mehrotra, R. (2020, March 23). Kaam hi nahi hai toh kya karein: COVID-19 and Mumbai’s informal economies. Migrantscape. https://migrantscape.wordpress.com/2020/03/23/kaam-hi-nahi-hai-to-kya-karein-covid-19-and-mumbais-informal-economies/
  • Mehrotra, R., & Jayaram, N. (2019, September 17). Why India’s wage code will push migrants deeper into poverty. IndiaSpend. https://www.indiaspend.com/why-the-new-wage-code-will-push-migrant-workers-deeper-into-poverty/
  • Mehrotra, R. (2018, December 4). In Rajasthan, a labourer’s identity impacts access to welfare. The Wire. https://thewire.in/labour/in-rajasthan-a-labourers-identity-impacts-access-to-welfare-schemes
  • Jayaram, N., & Mehrotra, R. (2020, January 16-18).  Informal, inadequate, inconsistent: Studying circular migrant workers temporary claims to public provisioning in Ahmedabad [Paper presentation]. Equal cities: Conference proceedings 2020. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Jayaram, N. & Mehrotra, R. (2019). Informal, inadequate, inconsistent: Studying circular migrant workers temporary claims to public provisioning in Ahmedabad [Paper presentation].  Rural India 2019: Towards the Inclusion of the Marginalized. Vikas Anvesh Foundation.