Mathews, Mishal

Research Assistant

Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Mishal Mathews
    Environment and Migration: Interactions and Choices Section (EMIC)

    Research Interests

    • Indigenous population
    • Local governance
    • Migration and well-being


    • MA in Social Development, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK
    • MA in Development Policy, Planning and Practice, School of Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
    • BA in Social Sciences, School of Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India


    • 2021: Core Executive Member, Compassionate Responses
    • 2020 to date: International Student Ambassador, University of Sussex
    • 2020 to date: Core Team Member and Mentor, Lets Reach Out Kerala, India
    • 2018-2019: Program Officer, St. Xavier’s Social Service Society, Gujarat, India
    • 2018-2020: Trustee, Community Youth Formation Campaign, Gujarat India

    Biographical Statement

    Mishal is a Research Assistant with the EMIC PROWELLMIGRANTS project at UNU-EHS. She is a recent graduate in Social Development from University of Sussex. For her dissertation, she has studied the role of local self-governments in ensuring the well-being of migrants during the 2020 lockdown in Kerala, India. As part of her dissertation she was placed with National Health Mission, Ernakulam, India, as Project Assistant Trainee of Adithi Devo Bhava, the project of National Health Mission to coordinate migrant welfare projects in Kerala. In her earlier research, she focused on the impact of gram panchayats and participation of people in local development in tribal villages of Gujarat, India.

    Mishal is also a core team member and mentor of Let’s Reach Out Kerala, a project initiated as part of addressing the issues of stranded Migrant Workers during the first lockdown in 2020. The project was a collaborative initiative by the Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation (CLSI), School of Social Work (SSW), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and the National Health Mission (NHM), in Ernakulam, India. She is also a core team member of Compassionate Responses, a project initiated by MINGEI in collaboration with National Health Mission, in Ernakulam, India. The major focus of Compassionate Responses is in verticals of health, education and livelihoods. Finally, she was a Program Officer (Probationary) at St. Xavier’s Social Service Society in Ahmedabad, India, an NGO working for poor and marginalized people in Gujarat, India, and a former Trustee of Community Youth Formation Campaign, an initiative for empowering youth, in Ahmedabad, India.

    As part of her work, she has carried out various field work in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, related to women empowerment, tribal and rural development, Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI), education, migration and well-being and development policy.

  • Articles

    • Why Spinoza’s Ideas On Human Freedom And Reason Still Matter
    • Taking The Less-Travelled Road Of Development: Alternatives To The Western Model

    Conference Publications

    • The Role of Social Worker in Strengthening Rural Local Self Governance


    • Let’s Reach Out Kerala 2020


    • The Role of local governments in wellbeing of migrant workers: A case study of Kerala during the 2020 lockdown
      Impact of Constitutional Provisions on decentralization and democracy: A study of Gram Panchayats in Gujarat
    • A comparative study of development in Kerala: A district level analysis