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S. Irudaya Rajan

Chairman, International Institute of Migration and Development, Kerala
EducationPhD (International Institute for Population Sciences, University of Mumbai), MA (Madurai-Kamaraj University)

Visiting Toronto Metropolitan University

Fall 2022

Research focus while a CERC Scholar - International migration, internal migration, return migration, and health and ageing 


Career Achievements

S. Irudaya Rajan is Chairman of the International Institute of Migration and Development, Kerala and former professor at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Kerala. Currently, he is the chair of the KNOMAD (The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development,) a World Bank working group on internal migration and urbanization. He was one of the expert committee members to advise the Government of Kerala on COVID-19. He has published in international journals on the social, economic, demographic, psychological and political implications of migration on individuals, community, the economy and society. Since 2010, he has been the editor of the annual series India Migration Report and, since 2017, the South Asia Migration Report published by Routledge.  He was the founding Editor in Chief, for Migration and Development.

Relevant Publications

Relevant Publications:

Books (Selected)

Rajan, S. I., and Bhagat, R. B. (2023). Researching Internal Migration. Routledge.

Rajan, S. I., D’ Sami, B., Raj, S.A. and Sivakumar, P. (2021). Tamil Migrants: A Demographic, Social and Economic Analysis. Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad

Nanda, A.K., Veron, J. and Rajan, S. I. (2021). Passages of Fortune: Exploring Dynamics of International Migration from Punjab. Routledge

Rajan S. I. and U S Mishra (2020). Senior Citizens of India - Emerging Challenges and Concerns. Springer

Zachariah, K C and S. I. Rajan. (2015)  Researching International Migration: Lessons from the Kerala Experience. Routledge.

A. D Singh and S. I. Rajan (2015) Politics of Migration: Indian Emigration in a Globalised World, Routledge

S. K Kumar and S. I. Rajan (2014). Emigration in 21st Century India: Governance, Legislation and Institutions, Routledge.

Journal Articles: International (Selected)

Rajan, S.I, Batra, P., Sai Shiva Jayanth, R., & Sivadasan, T. M. (2022) Understanding multifaceted impact of Covid-19 on Migrants. In Kerala, India. Development Policy Review e12636.

Arokkiaraj, H. Archana Kaushik, A., Rajan, S.I., (2021) Effects of International Male Migration on Wives Left Behind in Rural Tamil Nadu, India.  Journal of Gender Studies: 28(2): 228-47.

Rajan, S.I., Amuthan, S. (2022) Labour Force, Occupational Changes and Socioeconomic Level of Return Emigrants in India. Journal of International Migration and Integration: 23(2): 865-87.

Rajan, S.I., Cherian, A.P. (2021). COVID-19: Urban Vulnerability and the Need for Transformations, Environment and Urbanization ASIA, 12(2): 310-22.

Rajan, S.I., Venkitaraman, S., Syamala, S., Shajan, A., Tennyson, N., Devi, Y. (2021) Nutritional Status and COVID- 19 among Older Persons in Kerala, India. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing, 58, 00469580211059738

Chapter in Books (Selected)

Rajan, S. I., and Sunitha, S. (2022). Family size and living arrangements among older adults in Kerala: panel data analysis, 2004–19. In Bailey, A., Hyde (Eds.). Care for Older Adults in India: Living Arrangements and Quality of Life (1st ed., pp. 69–85). Bristol University Press.  

Rajan, S. I., and Arya, U. R. (2022). Financial Abuse in Domestic Settings in Later Life: A Study Based on COVID-Hit Kerala, in S. I. Rajan (ed.), Handbook of Aging, Health and Public Policy, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.

Rajan S.I. and Bhagat R.B. (2022) Internal Migration and the Covid-19 Pandemic in India. In: Triandafyllidou A. (eds) Migration and Pandemics. IMISCOE Research Series. Springer, Cham.

Rajan, S. I. (2021) Pandemic and Migrants: Missed Opportunities and the Road Ahead. in Baru, S. (eds). Beyond COVID’s Shadow: Mapping India’s Economic Resurgence. (pp.254-268). Rupa Publications.