Dr Uma Rani Amara

International Labour Organization (ILO)


Uma Rani is Senior Economist at the Research Department and joined the International Institute of Labour Studies, International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2008. After completing her Doctoral thesis in Development Economics from University of Hyderabad, India, she held academic positions in India and Visiting Fellow positions at Institute of Developing Economies, Japan; ETH-NADEL, Zürich and Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, Paris to conduct research on informal employment, precarious and non-standard forms of work.
At the ILO, she has led research projects on minimum wages, income inequality, global supply chains in the electronics sector, wherein she explores how labour and social institutions could be strengthened to address economic and social inequality, and improve the working conditions of the workers. Since 2016 she has been doing research on digital economy and brought out a major co-authored report in 2018 on Digital labour platforms and the future of work: Towards decent work in the online world. She is currently leading the major flagship report of the ILO on “Ensuring decent work and fair competition on digital labour platforms”.