Dr. Hemantika Basu

Name: Dr. Hemantika Basu 
Mail ID: basuhemantika@gmail.com

Research Focus
: Work and labour, urbanization, informality, sociology of work and organization, gender and feminist theories. I worked on the issues around work, gender, and women in service industries, urbanization, and informality at the pre-doctoral and doctoral levels. In my doctoral research, I studied the impact of technology on human relations that reshape bureaucratic restructuring in the care industry in private hospital settings in urbanizing city. My focus was on labour processes, nature of work and the transformation of work at the capitalist workplaces from the Marxian Labour Process Analysis. With rapid digitalization in the production, workplace and relations have shifted from its traditional forms. Thus, drawing from these theoretical lens, I propose to understand how technology is shaping the work organization and labour process in digital world, especially for women.     

Educational Details
: PhD in Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
M.Phil. in Economics, University of North Bengal, Dist. Darjeeling
M.A. in Economics, University of North Bengal, Dist. Darjeeling
B.A. Honours in Economics, University of North Bengal, Dist. Darjeeling

Title of Doctoral Thesis
: Work, Employment and Labour Process in Nursing: Women in Informal Labour Market in Siliguri, West Bengal


Basu, Hemantika. 2022. ‘Hierarchization in Healthcare: Female Nurses and Ayahs in Private Healthcare in India’ in Wichterich and John (Eds). Who Cares?., New Delhi: Zubaan Books.

Basu, Hemantika. 2020. Working Conditions of Ayahs in Private Healthcare in India, Economic and Political Weekly, LV(5): 46-51.

Basu, Hemantika. 2019. ‘Deregulation, Workplace and Women: Nurses in Private Healthcare in India’, Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 13(2):179-188.

Basu, Hemantika. 2019. Mode of Work Organization in Nursing: Management Practices in Private Healthcare in India’, Management and Labour Studies, 44(4): 433-454.

Basu, Hemantika. 2019. ‘Women in Care Work: Domestic Workers in a developing city of West Bengal’ in Neetha N. (Ed). Working at others’ homes: The Specifics and Challenges of Paid Domestic Work, New Delhi, Tulika Books.

Basu, Hemantika. 2017. ‘Urbanization, land alienation and proletarianization: a study of Rajbansis in North Bengal’ in Xaxa, Saha, & Singha (Eds). Work, institutions and sustainable livelihood: issues and challenges in transformation, (pp. 193-226), Singapore, Palgrave Macmillan.

Fellowship / Awards
Doctoral Fellow: International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany (2015-18).
Awarded the University Silver Medal for securing first class, second position in M.A. (Economics) in 2008 in North Bengal University in 2010.