Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Prof S Irudaya Rajan

Department of Economics

  1. International Migration
  2. Economics of Ageing and Demography
  3. Population Ageing



St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai
Madurai Kamaraj University
Tamil Nadu
BA Economics


Department of Economics
Madurai-Kamaraj University
Tamil Nadu
MA Economics


International Institute for Population Sciences
University of Mumbai
Post Graduate Certificate in Demography


International Institute for Population Sciences
University of Mumbai
PhD (Demography)


  • May 2021 – Present - Adjunct Professor - The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
  • May 2021 – Present - Honorary Fellow - Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT), Kerala
  • May 2019 – Present - Chairman - The International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD), Kerala
  • May 2018 – Present - Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences - Kannur University, Kerala
  • April 2005 – April 2021 - Professor - Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • November 1993 – March 2005 - Associate Professor - Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • June 1987 – October 1993 - Assistant Professor - Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Research Interest

  • Since 1998, co-ordinated eight large-scale migration surveys in Kerala with Professor K C Zachariah. The success of the Kerala Migration Survey urged neighbouring Indian states like, Goa (2008), Punjab (2009), Tamil Nadu (2015), and Gujarat (2011) to replicate the same.
  • Developed the first longitudinal Ageing Survey in India (Kerala) in 2004 and repeated it every three years. The first Kerala Ageing Survey (KAS) completed its seventh wave in 2022. The second KAS which began in 2013, completed its fourth wave in 2022.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2018 - Visiting Fellow - British Academy, UK
  • 2004 Faculty research award - Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 2000 - Centre national de la recherche scientifique researcher - Dynamique de l’EvolutionHumaine: Individu,Population, Espece
  • 1993 - Indo-French exchange program Government of India and France


  • Member, The International Advisory Board (IAB), Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University – 2019 - present
  • Chair of the KNOMAD (the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development) thematic working group on internal migration and urbanization, World Bank – 2019-present
  • President, Kerala Economic Association (2016-2018)
  • President, Association of Gerontology (2012-2016)
  • Vice President, Association of Gerontology (2009-2010)
  • Editorial Board Member, Refugee Survey Quarterly (Oxford), 2019-present
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief, Migration and Development (Taylor and Francis) – Since 2012
  • Series Editor: India Migration Report (Routledge); since 2010
  • Series Editor: South Asia Migration Report (Routledge), Since 2017
  • Series Editor: South-South Migration (Springer), since 2021

List of Publications

  • International Journal Articles
  • Inter-state Migration in India during the COVID Pandemic: An Analysis Based on Mobile Visitor Location Register and Roaming Data. Journal of South Asian Development. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/09731741221122000
  • Distress Return Migration amid COVID-19: Kerala’s Response. Asian Pacific Migration Journal. Volume 31, No.2. Pp.176-189.
  • Understanding the multifaceted Impact of COVID-19 on Migration in Kerala, India. Development Policy Review.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/dpr.12636
  • Migrants at a crossroads: COVID-19 and challenges to Migration. Migration and Development, Volume 9, No.3, Pp.1-8.
  • Nutritional Status and COVID-19 among Older Persons in Kerala. Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision and Financing. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00469580211059738
  • Household Pandemic Response: The Socio-economic Impact of COVID-19 on Migrant Households in India. Asian Economics Letter, Volume 3, No.2.
  • BMI mediates the association of family medical history with self-reported hypertension and diabetes among older adults: Evidence from baseline wave of the longitudinal aging study in India. SSM – Population Health. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352827322001549?via%3Dihub
  • Trafficking to Gulf Countries: The Lived Experiences of Indian Female Domestic Workers. Asian Women - Vol. 37, No. 1, pp.119-141.
  • Labour Force, Occupational Changes and Socio-economic level of Return Migrants in India. Journal of International Migration and Integration. Vol 23, No.2, Pp.865-87.
  • National Journal Articles
  • COVID-19-led Migrant Crisis: A Critique of Policies. Economic and Political Weekly. Volume 55, No.48, Pp.13-16.
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic and Internal Labour Migration in India: A ‘Crisis of Mobility’ Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 63, No.4, Pp.1021-39.
  • COVID-19: Urban Vulnerability and Need for Transformations. Environment and Urbanization ASIA. Vol 12, No.2, Pp.310-322.
  • Demographic and Health Diversity in the Era of SDGs. Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 55, No.6, Pp.46-52.
  • Ageing and Elderly Care in Kerala. China Report. Volume 56, No.3, Pp.354-373.
  • Migration as a Livelihood Strategy Adopted by Fisherfolk in South India. Social Change. Volume 50, No.4, Pp.548-568.
  • Twenty Five years of the NFHS: Lessons for the Future. Economic and Political Weekly. Volume 55, No.6, Pp.36-39.
  • Chapter in Books
  • Pandemic and Migrants: Missed Opportunities and the Road Ahead. Pp.254-268 in Sanjaya Baru (eds). Beyond COVID’s Shadow: Mapping India’s Economic Resurgence. Rupa Publications.
  • Internal Migration and the Covid-19 Pandemic in India. In: Triandafyllidou A. (eds) Migration and Pandemics: Spaces of Solidarity and Space of Exception. Springer. Chapter 12, Pp. 227-248
  • Return Migration from the Gulf Region to India Amidst COVID-19. In: Triandafyllidou A. (eds) Migration and Pandemics: Spaces of Solidarity and Space of Exception. Springer. Chapter 11, Pp. 207-225.
  • The long walk towards uncertainty: The migrant dilemma in times of COVID-19. In A. Hans, K. Kannabiran, M. Mohanty, & Pushpendra (Eds.), Migration and the COVID-19 pandemic: Fundamental freedoms, vulnerabilities, and states of exception in India. Chapter 6, Pp. 67–82. Routledge.
  • Family size and living arrangements among older adults in Kerala: panel data analysis, 2004–19. In A. Bailey, M. Hyde, & K. S. James (Eds.), Care for Older Adults in India: Living Arrangements and Quality of Life. Chapter 5, Pp. 69–85. Bristol University Press.
  • Research Projects(Current and Recently concluded)
  • International coalition for de-centred migration knowledge (DEMIKNOW) funded by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada
  • South-South Migration and Migrant Food Insecurity: Interactions, Impacts, and Remedies (MiFood Project) funded by Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada
  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on International Nurse Migration from India funded by Japan Society for Pormotion of Sciences and Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), Government of India, New Delhi.
  • Development-induced Displacement and Migration, Land Acquisition and Resettlement, funded by International Development Research Centre, Canada (completed)
  • Transnational Migration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility of People funded by European Commission (completed)
  • Natural Disasters and Household Migration in Kerala funded by World Bank (completed)
  • Research Unit on International Migration funded by the erstwhile Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India (completed)

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