Ritu is the Vice President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics, Vice President of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Human Development, Trustee of The India Forum, and President of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies (2014-17). She was the first-ever woman Director of the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, and the founder-member of the first Centre for Gender Economics in Asia.
She has over 150 publications, including 40 books and monographs, encompassing a wide range of issues related to Development Economics, Gender Studies & Gender Economics, Rural and Urban Development, Infrastructure, Labour Markets, Environmental Displacement, Peace Studies, etc. She was a member of the Feminist Economists’ Group for Engendering the 12thand 11th Five Year Plans appointed by the Planning Commission, Government of India. She is also Consultant to UNDP, UN Women, ILO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DAWN, World Wildlife Fund, Action Aid, etc. Her other honorary posts include National Executive member of the Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, Honorary Advisor to the Kashmir Foundation for Peace and Development Studies, and Board of Trustees of the Centre for Budget Governance and Accountability.
She is closely associated with training and capacity-building related specially to gender budgeting and gender issues, and has conducted numerous workshops for the Central Government and also several state governments including Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, etc. Her research focus – which interlinks academics, advocacy and action – is the result of issues related to the marginalised, her last two books focusing on theoretical-empirical analysis of Paid-UnPaid Work and of Demonetisation.