Dr. Amitabh Kundu, Professor of Economics at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development and Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been nominated as a member of National Statistical Commission in 2006. He has done Post-Doctoral work as a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a Visiting Professor at University of Amsterdam, Maison des Sciences de L’homme, Paris, University of Kaiserslautern and South Asian Institute Heidelberg, Germany. He has undertaken International Consultancies for UNDP, UNESCO, UNCHS, ILO, Government of Netherlands, University of Toronto, Sasakawa Foundation etc. He has worked as Director at various institutes such as National Institute of Urban Affairs, Indian Council of Social Science research and Gujarat Institute of Development Research. Currently he is in the Editorial Board of Manpower Journal, Urban India, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Indian Journal of Labour Economics. He has about twenty-five books and two hundred research articles, published in India and abroad, to his credit. His recent books are Science, Religion and Development: Advancing the Discourse(Ed. with Mariam Tai), India: Social Development Report (Chief Editor), Oxford University Press, Handbook of Urbanisation, (with Sivaramakrishnan and Singh) OUP, ICT for Human Development: Towards Building a Composite Index for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, UNDP, Inequality, Mobility and Urbanisation: China and India (Ed.),Manak Publications, Informal Sector in India, (Ed. with Sharma), Institute for Human Development, Poverty and Vulnerability in a Globalising Metropolis: Ahmedabad,(Ed. with Mahadevia), Manak.