FECO 2023

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Future of Employment: Challenges and Opportunities (FECO)

International Conference on
“Future of Employment: Challenges and Opportunities”(FECO 2023)
18-19 January 2023

COVID-19 brought about a number of changes in the global economy. We have surpassed the second year of the pandemic but the economy still functions under uncertainty about when the next wave would strike. According to the ILO World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2022, global unemployment has been projected to be 207 million by the end-2022.

The impact of the pandemic has been particularly devastating for the labour markets in developing nations that have high levels of inequality, heterogeneous working conditions, and weak social protection systems. Although developing countries have used a large range of measures to address the crisis, the relief packages were insufficient owing to their limited fiscal space. Also, the presence of a large informal economy reduced the efficacy of such policy instruments. In this scenario, job losses have compounded the financial stress for the already economically vulnerable households and estimates suggest that the pandemic pushed approximately 77 million into extreme poverty during 2020-21 (Mahler et al. 2021).

A significant feature for the formal sector was the new culture of working from home, which brought in sudden changes in the working conditions and adapting to new technologies. While most of the skilled workforce started remote offices, the option was not feasible for the majority of the jobs in the emerging nations, which adversely impacted a large part of the workforce in terms of job losses, pay cuts and uncertainty of returning to their workplace.

Against this backdrop, Symbiosis School of Economics is organizing an international conference on Future of Employment, Challenges and Opportunities (FECO) in January 2023. The objective is to discuss the social and economic developments in the employment and livelihood opportunities around the world; challenges faced during the COVID period and to explore the future opportunities.


Important Dates

15th July 2022 Call for Papers
1st December 2022 Submission of Full Papers
15th December 2022 Decision for acceptance for papers & Registration
10th January 2023 Last Date for registration for Conference
18th - 19th January 2023 FECO Conference


  • Dr. S B Mujumdar - Chancellor
  • Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar - Pro-Chancellor
  • Dr. Rajani Gupte - Vice Chancellor
  • Dr. Jyoti Chandiramani - Director SSE and Dean, FOHSS


  • Dr. Jyoti Chandiramani - Director
  • Dr. Sudipa Majumdar - Professor
  • Dr. Niharika Singh - Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Shuchi Misra - Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Gargi Patil - Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Sneha Kumari - Assistant Professor
  • Mr. Sumit Oberoi - Research Assistant


  • Ms. Shilpi Singh - Network Engineer
  • Mr. Janardan Kshirsagar - IT Support
  • Mr. Vaibhav Kawishkar - Sr. IT Support


Please feel free to contact anyone from the SSE Conference Committee on the email below


The Organising Committee of The 2023 International Conference on Future of Employment: Challenges and Opportunities (FECO 2023) is calling for research paper submissions.

FECO 2023 welcomes papers in the following Streams:

  • Labour Market Reforms and Policies
  • Employment in the Informal Sector
  • Women and Employment
  • COVID-19 and the changing employment scenarios
  • Macroeconomic implications of employment

Full text papers should be submitted by 1 December 2022 , using the link below.

Submit your full paper by using the EasyChair submission link:


The accepted papers will qualify for presentation at the FECO 2023 (presentation 10 -12 minutes followed by 5 minutes’ discussion).

Upon payment of registration fees, your attendance at the conference will be confirmed.

For any queries please contact us at:

Email: feco@sse.ac.in


Conference Registration fee for presenters : INR 3000
Conference Attendee fee : INR 1500
Student concessional fee : INR 1000
Foreign Delegates USD 150


Account Type : SB
Bank Name : Bank of India
Account No.: 050310210000033
Bank Address : Karve Road Branch, Pune -411004.
IFSC Code : BKID0000503
MICR CODE: 411013011
Once you complete the payment, kindly take a screenshot and fill in the
Registration Form.


Account Type : SB
Bank Name : Bank of India
Account No.: 050310210000033
Bank Address : Karve Road Branch, Pune -411004.
IFSC Code : BKID0000503
MICR CODE: 411013011
Once you complete the payment, kindly take a screenshot and fill in the
Registration Form.

Publication Opportunity

Selected papers from the FECO2023 Conference Proceedings will be published by the Scopus Indexed journals given below, after double blind refereeing process

'Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies'

'The Indian Journal of Labour Economics'


Prof. Alakh N Sharma
Director, Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi.

He has made significant contributions to research in varied areas such as livelihoods, poverty, employment, labour markets and related issues. During his academic career spanning over 25 years, he has directed more than 30 research projects sponsored by agencies including national governments, multilateral agencies, international organizations. He has been a consultant to international organizations such as ILO, UNDP and the World Bank. He is Editor of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics (IJLE), the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE), and Indian Journal of Human Development (IJHD).

Macroeconomic implications of employment – Keynote Speakers

Mahesh Vyas
Managing Director and CEO, Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt Ltd.

He is the chief architect of CMIE’s databases – the recent Consumer Pyramids database is the most advanced household survey in India. Mahesh Vyas has served as independent director on Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Ltd, Centurion Bank and on Quantum Asset Management Company Ltd. He was a member of several High Level Committees and Expert Groups.

Prof. Ajit Karnik
Professor of Economics, Middlesex University, Dubai.

Earlier, he was the RBI Professor and Director, Dept. of Economics, Mumbai University along with holding distinguished position at University of Texas at Austin; University of Cambridge; University of Ulster (Belfast); University of California at Berkeley; Wolfson College amongst others.
He has undertaken several consultancy projects for the Govt. of Maharashtra, UNDP, World Bank and is on the editorial boards of several international journals.

Employment in the Informal Sector–Keynote Speakers

Dr. Uma Rani
Senior Economist, Research Department, International Labour Organization (ILO).

Earlier, she has held distinguished positions as Visiting Fellow at Institute of Developing Economies, Japan; ETH-NADEL, Zürich and Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, Paris for her research on informal employment, precarious and non-standard forms of work. Her main research interest lies in development economics, the informal sector, minimum wages and social policies.

Dr. V. Kalyan Shankar
Assistant Professor, Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune.

He completed his PhD from the Department of Economics, University of Pune. He hails from a family of social reformers, scholars and poets in Andhra Pradesh and his research her been focussed on issues of social concern in the informal sector. In 2021, he was selected for the Elizabeth Adiseshiah Award, which is presented to social scientists for their outstanding contributions to society.

Women and Employment–Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ashwini Deshpande
Professor of Economics, Ashoka University.

She is the Founding Director, Centre for Economic Data and Analysis. Her research focuses on economics of discrimination and affirmative action.
She has published extensively in leading scholarly journals and received the SKOCH Award for Gender Economics in 2022.

Prof. Ritu Dewan
Vice President, Indian Society of Labour Economics.

She was the first woman Director of Dept. of Economics, University of Mumbai. She is the founder-member of Centre of Gender Economics and is the President of the Indian Association of Women’s Studies.
Her research is linked primarily to issues and concerns of the marginalised groups and gender economics.

Labour Market Practices, Policies and Reforms – Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sandhya Iyer
Associate Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Public Policy, Habitat and Human Development, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute for Social Sciences.

She has been consultant for projects funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP.
Her current empirical work focuses on Sustainable Development Goals both across Indian States and also among the T20 countries.

Dr. Radhicka Kapoor
Fellow, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).

Prior to joining ICRIER, she worked at the Planning Commission and at the International Labour Organization, Geneva.
Her broad areas of research interests include poverty and inequality, labour economics and industrial performance.

COVID-19 & changing employment scenarios – Keynote Speakers

Prof. Lisa Magnani
Professor, Department of Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

She serves as an editorial member and reviewer of several international reputed journals and is a member of many international affiliations.
She has authored many research articles and books related to labour markets, employment, wages and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Rana Hasan
Principal Economist, India Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

He heads its Country Programs and Development Results Group, which works closely with the Government to develop ADB's annual operational programs in India and ensure that they align closely with the priorities and objectives of the country and ADB's own long-term development framework.
He previously worked in the Economics Research Department of the ADB and the East-West Center (USA). His research has been published in various journals and books.

Dr. Rosa Abraham
Senior research fellow, Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University.

She has been involved in the Covid-19 Livelihoods Survey, conducted by the Centre.
Prior to joining the University, she worked as a researcher at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment and as a Lecturer in Madras School of Economics.