MA Development, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, 2017
PG Diploma in Child Rights Law, NLSIU, Bangalore, 2016
BA Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration, TNOU, Chennai, 2014
BA English Language and Literature, St. Berchmans College, Kottayam, 2014
Abel’s interest in human rights and ideas like the welfare state brought him to the field of social sciences and prompted him to study further the rights of socially deprived groups. During his post-graduate studies, he got the opportunity to work on various policies and programmes like Kudumbashree, Juvenile Justice Act, Right to Education Act and critique various models of school education. For his Master’s dissertation, he studied the migrant labour in tea plantations and new patterns of social mobilisation evident in the Munnar Tea plantation labour movement.
Prior to joining Dakshin, he worked on the education and livelihood of tsunami-affected Scheduled Tribe nomadic children and their families in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu for a short period. He also assisted a Fulbright scholar who was studying the energy poverty and climate change in a few project-affected sites in Kerala.
As a Senior Programme Associate at Dakshin Foundation, he studies the governance of coastal commons on Minicoy Island where he specifically focus on the local systems of governance, associated traditional ecological knowledge and the current patterns of usage of the commons. This work is aimed at learning from and strengthening existing systems of natural resource management and is a part of Dakshin’s larger work on fisheries co-management in Lakshadweep Islands. He sees this as an opportunity to learn and be a part of the evolution of an inclusive, contextualised, rights-based model of fisheries management for coastal ecosystems.