UVic Law PhD Alumnus Supriya Routh Publishes Book

In March 2014, UVic Law PhD alumnus Supriya Routh’s book, Enhancing Capabilities Through Labour Law: Informal Workers in India was released by Routledge Publishing. Routh’s book is based on his 2013 PhD dissertation, Informal Workers in India: Reconceptualizing Labour Law to Promote Capabilities.

Routh joined the PhD program in September 2009 under the supervision of Dr. Judy Fudge, Dr. William Carroll from the Department of Sociology, and UVic Law Dean Jeremy Webber. While conducting research for his dissertation, Routh actively worked with the Calcutta Samaritans, the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, and waste-pickers themselves to form a waste-pickers labour union in Kolkata, India: Barjya Punarbyawaharikaran Shilpa Shramik Sangathan (BPSSS) or Association of Workers engaged in Waste Recycling Industry (AWWRI).

Routledge Publishing describes the book as follows:

This book explores the informal economic activity of India as a case study to examine typical requirements in the work-lives of informal workers, and to develop a means to institutionalize the promotion of these requirements through labour law. Drawing upon Amartya Sen’s theoretical outlook, the book considers whether a capability approach to human development may be able to promote recognition and work-life conditions of a specific category of informal workers in India by integrating specific informal workers within a social dialogue framework along with a range of other social partners including state and non-state institutions. While examining the viability of a human development based labour law in an Indian context, the book also indicates how the proposals put forth in the book may be relevant for informal workers in other developing countries.

Upon joining the UVic PhD program Routh was an Assistant Professor of Law at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India. He now works as a France-ILO Research Chair and Scientific Advisor at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study, Nantes, France.

Routh’s book can be purchased directly through the Routledge website. Use the code LRK69 before December 31, 2014 to receive a 20 per cent discount. A copy for browsing is also available in room 119 of the Fraser Building.