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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseSouth Asia (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan), Labour Rights, Ethical/Corporate Codes, Feminism, Post-Disaster, Post-Conflict

Biography

2016-to date: Reader - Development Geography, University of Edinburgh

2013-2016: Senior Lecturer - Development Geography, University of Edinburgh

2010-2013: Senior Lecturer - Development Geography, University of Southampton

2006-2010: University Lecturer - Development Geography, University of Southampton

2004 - 2006: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, NY, USA

2003 - 2004: Humboldt Research Fellow, Department of Economics & Post-Colonial Studies Program, Ludwig Maximilians University-Munich, Germany

2002 - 2003: Research Officer, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland

Research Interests

My research spans three broad themes: a) the diversity of lived and structured spaces which focus on the connections between ethno-nationalism, post-disaster, materiality and the environment; b) the convergence and divergence of global governance regimes as everyday experiences for labour; and c) connections between civil society initiatives and uneven development processes.  I am interested in these topics because I aspire to appreciate lived realities of people in the global South and everyday voices and actions that testify to the messiness of development.  The ESRC, British Academy, BASAS and UNICEF have funded my research; more recently a joint research project has secured funding by the ERC.  I mainly focus on South Asia for my research.  As the region seeks global ascendency, I am of the opinion that there is an imperative on social scientists to tease out the processes and meanings of development so that we can abide by people’s concerns around and meanings of social justice.

Research students

Mary Hanlon (Co-Supervisor with Professor Roger Jeffery)

Research activities & awards

  1. The Paradox of Sri Lanka’s Elite Political Women

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

  2. Living Wages: Recurring Problems of Ethical Fashion in Sri Lanka?

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

  3. Living Wages: The Achilles Heel of the Sri Lankan Garment industry

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

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