Dr. Ujjwal Kango

Assistant Professor, Public Policy & Sociology

Dr. Ujjawal Kango
Dr. Ujjwal Kango
Assistant Professor
Public Policy & Sociology

PhD (Public Policy and Management) Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, WB, B.E.(Mechanical Engineering) PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh

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Biography

Dr. Ujjwal Kango graduated from PEC University of Technology in Chandigarh with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, he spent four years working as a Lead Engineer for General Electric's Gas Power Systems unit. Following his stint in the industry, he completed his Ph.D. at IIM Calcutta. His dissertation focuses on platform work and broadly explores the impact of digital platforms on the organisation of work. The thesis involved an ethnographic fieldwork in two Indian cities examining the impact of algorithmic management on workers and the lived realities of platform work. Beyond platform work, his research interests include the future of work, business and work history and India’s power sector. During his leisure time he enjoys cooking, gardening and playing the flute.

Teaching and Research Interest

Work and Business History, Business Environment and Public Policy, Future of work, Labour Regulation, Social Entrepreneurship

Research and Consultancy Projects

Awards And Honours

  • Best Paper Award: Kango, U., Bhattacharya, R., 2022, "Work Games: Labour Process and Labour Supply in food delivery industry", Silver Jubilee Conference of Indian Political Economic Association (IPEA), University of Hyderabad
  • Runners up: National level competition on Green Roof organized by the Canadian Consulate. Won a cash prize of Rs. 20, 000.
  • 10+2: Merit Holder (Top 20) in HP Board of School Education

Publications

  • Book Chapter: Bhattacharya, R., Kango, U., 2021, "The Covid-19 Pandemic and its impact on global political economy", in "Corona Pandemic, India and the World" edited by Rajib Bhattacharyya, Ananya Ghosh Dastidar and Soumyen Sikdar.
  • Forthcoming: Book Chapter, Kango 2023, "Beyond the Algorithm: The significance of skill in platform work" in "Crafting India's skill Ecology"
  • Forthcoming: Journal Article, Kango, U., Gupta, A., Sharma, D., "Digital platforms from mediators to space co-creators: Understanding spatial politics through a Lefebvrian framework", in The Database Journal, Manuscript Number: SIGMISDB-D-21-000065 (ABDC: A)

Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

  • Kango, U., Bhattacharya, R., 2022, "New labour indeterminacies in platform work: An ethnography of food delivery platforms in India", 40th Annual Labour Process Theory conference, University of Padua, Italy
  • Certificate of Appreciation: Kango, U., Bhattacharya, R., 2021, "Scheduling Flexibility: Managing labour supply of gig workers in food delivery platforms", Annual conference of BUIRA
  • Kango, U., Bhattacharya, R., 2021, " The integration of algorithms and hierarchy on digital labour marketplaces: Uncovering labour process in Indian food delivery platforms", Work Employment and Society Conference
  • Kango, U., Bhattacharya, R., 2022, "Scheduling Flexibility: New management challenges in on-demand platforms" International Conference on Digital Organizations, IIM Ahmedabad
  • Best Paper Award : Kango, U., Bhattacharya, R., 2022, "Work Games: Labour Process and Labour Supply in food delivery industry", Silver Jubilee Conference of Indian Political Economic Association (IPEA), University of Hyderabad
  • Kango, U., Bhattacharya, R., 2020, "Capitalism, Socialism, or a new mode of production?: The dilemma of the platform economy", Platform Economies in India, IIT Bombay

Conferences

Books and Book Chapters

Case Studies