Supurna Banerjee

Assistant Professor

PhD in Sociology, University of Edinburgh, 2014.
Room No. 411
Office telephone
+91 33 2321 3120/21 (Extension No. 57)
Email address:
Areas of interest:
Gender, women, labour, migration, social space and activism.



  • The Violent Domestic: Law, Its Practice, and Strategies of Survival, (Jointly with Nandini Ghosh, Madhurima Mukhopadhyay and Ruchira Goswami), Zubaan Books, March 2023.
  • Negotiating Borders and Borderlands: The Indian Experience, (Jointly edited with Gorky Chakraborty), Orient Blackswan, 2023.
  • The Red and Gold Pen, (Jointly with Anchita Ghatak and Lauren Wilks), University of Edinburgh, 2021.
  • Limits of Bargaining: Capital, Labour and the State in Contemporary India, (jointly with Achin Chakraborty, Subhanil Chowdhury and Zaad Mahmood), Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Book Edited

  • Caste and Gender in Contemporary India: Power, Privilege and Politics, (jointly with Nandini Ghosh), New Delhi and South Asia: Routledge, 2019.

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • Violence Against Women And Access To Livelihood: Looking Beyond A Neo-Liberal Consumerist Day, Feminism in India, 8 March 2023
  • ‘Community Spaces in India: Constructing Solidarity in Pandemic Times’ in G. Pleyers and B. Bringel (eds.) Social Movements and Politics in a Global Pandemic: Crisis, Solidarity and Change, Bristol University Press, July 2022.
  • Introduction: Interrogating Aspirations through Migratory Mobilities (Jointly with Eva Gerhaz), Transfers, 11(2), February 2022.
  • Who Leaves Home if There is a Choice”: Migration Decisions of Women Workers in Tea Plantations in India, Transfers, 49(2) 11(2). February 2022.
  • Documenting Narratives of Violence: Archives, Oral Histories and Constructing Absences, Oral History Journal, 49(2), September 2021.
  • State in Industrial Relations: Neoliberal Interventions or Intervening in Neoliberalism, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 2020.
  • ‘Nationalism of Exclusion: Goumata and her Unholy Children’ in Supurna Banerjee and Nandini Ghosh ed.Caste and Gender in Contemporary India: Power, Privilege and Politics, Routledge India (forthcoming)
  • Activism and Agency in India: Nurturing Resistance in the Tea Plantations, Routledge Edinburgh South Asia series, May 2017.
  • Judicial Intervention and Industrial Relations: Exploring Industrial dispute cases in West Bengal, India, Industrial Law Journal 46(1), March 2017.
  • ‘We are Still Junglis to them: Institutionalising Marginalities among the Adivasis in Dooars’ in edited collection onInstitutionalising Marginal Actors in South Asia: Processes, Policies, Practices and Pitfalls edited by Hugo Gorringe, Roger Jeffery and Suryakant Waghmore, Sage Publications

Reports and Reviews

  • Girls with Disabilities in India: Living Contradictions of Care and Negation (Co-authored with Dr. Nandini Ghosh), Social Development Report, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, December 2016.
  • Book Review of Fieldwork in South Asia: Memories, Moments and Experiences Oral History 43(2), September 2015.

Occasional Paper

  • Intersectionality and Spaces of Belonging : Understanding the Tea Plantation Workers in Dooars, Occasional Paper No. 46, IDSK, March 2015.



  • Inequality, Injustice and Exploitation: The different blends in Assam Tea Co-investigator, Funding Agency: Morrell Trust Fund, York University, UK, Duration: Started in 2017.
  • Re‐Conceptualizing Domestic Violence: Shifting Discourse within the Women’s Movement in India Co-investigator, Funding Agency: ICSSR, Duration 2016-2018.
  • Status of Girls with Disabilities in India Co-investigator, Funding Agency:Council for Social Development, Duration: Started in 2016.



  • While it is Glamorous on the Outside, It is Actually Hard Work: Narratives of Migrant Workers in Beauty Industry in India in 3rd World Conference on ‘Women’s Studies Building Resilience: Dialogue, Collaboration and Partnerships across Our Differences’ in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 2017.
  • ‘Our fingers are softer they do not damage the bushes’: Understanding Gendered Labour through Practices and Challenges in national conference on ‘Sustenance and Development in the Tea Gardens of Northeast and North Bengal’ organised by Jadavpur University, March 2017.
  • Co-Convenor for sponsored National Seminar (along with Gorky Chakraborty) on On Borders and On Borderlands: Negotiating the ‘Margins’ under Globalization at IDSK, February 2017.
  • Co-convenor for Indian Council for Social Science Research sponsored National Conference on Examining Intersections: Caste/Gender Narratives in India February 2016.
  • ‘Some Work are Meant for the Men and some for Women:’ Changing Faces of Gendered Labour through Narratives of Women from the Plantations of Dooars in ‘Redefining Labour Roles in a Globalizing India’, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, January 2016.
  • ‘Everything is different there’: mapping changing perspectives of gendered labour among the migrant women of the tea plantations of Dooars in Labour (Un)Divided: Categories and Collectivities organised by School of Women Studies, Jadavpur University, November 2015.
  • Labour, Capital and (Dis)trust: Case Studies from West Bengal in Economic Sociology conference on Trust in Transactions, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, November 2015.
  • Invited for Summer Academy workshop Work in Post-slavery Societies; Gender and Generations organised by IGK Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History, Humboldt University and University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar, Senegal in Dakar, Senegal, February 2015.