Workers and the Global Informal Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Routledge, 2016).

Workers and the Global Informal Economy explores varying definitions of informality in the backdrop of neo-liberal market logic, exploring how it manifests itself in different regions around the world, and its relationship with formal work. This volume demonstrates how neo-liberalism has been instrumental in accelerating informality and has resulted in the increasingly precarious position of the informal worker. Using different methodological approaches and regional focuses, this book considers key questions such as whether workers exercise choice over their work; how constrained such choices are; how social norms shape such choices; how work affects their well-being and agency; and what role culture plays in the determination of informality.

This interdisciplinary book should be useful to colleagues and students who engage with problems of informal workers (incidentally the majority of workers across the globe). The authors approached the problems of informal workers from legal, economic, and sociological perspectives with a concern for the well-being of informal workers. A group of scholars (both senior and younger ones) brought in the informal worker perspectives from jurisdictions as varied as Sweden, Argentina, Russia, Cameroon, Brazil, China, and India. They have also engaged with the ILO and the WB agendas. Many of the contributing authors normally write in languages other than English; so this volume is a good opportunity to engage with scholarship on informality from other traditions.

Review of the Book:

  1. Poblete, Lorena, “Informality, Precarious Work and New Approaches to Complex Realities”, 00: 0 Work, Employment and Society (2018) [Online]
  2. Mylène Fauvel, “Supriya Routh et Vando Borghi (dir.), Workers and the Global Informal Economy, New York, Routledge, 2016, 240p.”, 58 Revue interventions économiques (2017) [En ligne]

Enhancing Capabilities through Labour Law: Informal Workers in India (London & New York: Routledge, 2014)

This book engages three important issues – informal workers, the capability approach to human development, and reconceptualization of labour law. The book engages in both a theoretical analysis and an empirical study. The book adopts a socio-legal approach that contextualizes labour law in the backdrop of the informal economic activities and informal workers in India. Even though the book’s primary focus is India, the analysis and recommendations of the book are relevant for informal workers in other developing countries and regions. The book undertakes a case study of a specific informal economic activity in order to understand the typical requirements in the work-lives of such specific informal workers and seeks to institutionalize factors promoting those requirements through labour law involving a social dialogue process that integrates specific informal workers along with a range of other social partners including state and non-state institutions. While scholars identify the gap between existing labour laws and aspirations of informal workers in India (and other developing countries), there has been a dearth of legal studies that offer an idea of labour law specifically addressed to informal workers in developing countries. My book could fill this gap in the existing literature.

Review of the Book:

Ahmed, Saleh, “Book Review: Enhancing Capabilities Through Labour Law: Informal Workers in India”, 16: 4 Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (2015)


Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2018)[Contribution as a co-author/co-editor]

I am a co-author of the Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary (Toronto: Irwin Law, forthcoming in 2018), with several other colleagues teaching Canadian labour and employment Law known as the Labour Law Casebook Group. Labour and Employment Law is the leading textbook on the subject. I have updated and contributed to Chapter 6 of the course-book titled “Negotiating a Collective Agreement”.