Biography

I am a lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social, Political and Global Studies . I joined Keele in January 2019, having previously worked at Bath Spa University and the University of Bristol. 
 
I have managed projects funded by the ESRC, the European Commission and the British Academy.  For my ESRC-funded PhD, I analysed young adult aspirations and biographies in two European cities, Bristol and Gothenburg, under the supervision of Professors Harriet Bradley and Steve Fenton (2002-2006). For the EC-funded LOCALMULTIDEM project about ethnic minorities’ political participation in European cities (2007-2008), I liaised with research teams in six cities and countries to collect comparative data for the cross-national analysis, as well as conducting a unique study based on minority residents of North London.
 
Prior to commencing my first lectureship, I held a 3-year British Academy early career fellowship at the University of Bristol about transnational mobility within global organisations (2009-2011). This study involved conducting fieldwork in London, Geneva, Dubai and Bangalore, and continues to inform my research and writing.

Research and scholarship

My research centres on the relationship between employment and society. Throughout my career, I have studied work identities and working lives at the local level - amongst young adults in Bristol (2000-2001) - at the European level, through the cross-national qualitative study I conducted for my ESRC-funded PhD (2002-2006) - and globally, in my investigation into the human consequences of mobility for transnational professionals employed by 'moral' and 'market' organisations (namely, a UN agency and a multinational corporation). The latter project was funded by a British Academy early career fellowship, which I held at the University of Bristol (2009-2011).

Through my successive projects, I have engaged with questions about work identities and organisations, transnational mobility, migration and patterns of belonging within cities, young adulthood and the life course. I am keen to support PhD applications in any of these research areas.

I am committed to knowledge exchange and to ensuring the value of research to organisations, business, government and wider society. To that end, findings from my British Academy project about the challenges facing UN-professionals have been published in a report, Humanitarians without Borders.

Teaching

  • SOC-10009 Social Inequalities in the Contemporary World
  • SOC20046: Research Methods
  • SOC20043: Globalization and its Discontents
  • SOC-30042 Moving People: migration, emotion and identity
  • GRT-40018 Advanced Qualitative Research 

In my teaching I aim to inspire and engage students by drawing on my knowledge and experience as a researcher in order to foster the development of their intellectual, imaginative and analytical abilities. I use case studies of work, workplaces and organisations to inform my teaching. In particular, in 2nd year lectures and seminars, we examine the human consequences of global capitalism through a focus on global factories, multinational corporations, call centres and migration. At postgraduate level I teach advanced qualitative research methods for the MRes Social Science Research Methods; this course provides a strong foundation for students embarking on their own research careers.

Handpicked

Selected Publications

  • Devadason RE. 2017. Making Yourself at Home: Transnational Repertoires of Action on the Move. In Re-Living the Global City. Routledge. link>
  • Devadason RE. 2016. The golden handcuffs? Choice, compliance and relocation amongst transnational professionals and executives. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2265-2282, vol. 43(13). doi> link>
  • Williams S, Bradley H, Devadason RE, Erickson M. 2014. Globalization and Work. Wiley.
  • Devadason RE and Fenton S. 2013. Power, reflexivity and difference in a Multinational Corporation. Ethnicities, 475-493, vol. 13(4). doi> link>
  • Devadason RE. 2011. Metaphor, Social Capital and Sociological Imaginaries. The Sociological Review, 633-654, vol. 59(3). doi> link>

Full Publications Listshow

Books

  • Williams S, Bradley H, Devadason RE, Erickson M. 2014. Globalization and Work. Wiley.

Journal Articles

  • Devadason RE. 2016. The golden handcuffs? Choice, compliance and relocation amongst transnational professionals and executives. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2265-2282, vol. 43(13). doi> link>
  • Devadason RE and Fenton S. 2013. Power, reflexivity and difference in a Multinational Corporation. Ethnicities, 475-493, vol. 13(4). doi> link>
  • Devadason RE. 2011. Metaphor, Social Capital and Sociological Imaginaries. The Sociological Review, 633-654, vol. 59(3). doi> link>
  • Devadason RE. 2010. Cosmopolitanism, Geographical Imaginaries and Belonging in North London. Urban Studies, 2945-2963, vol. 47(14). doi> link>
  • Devadason RE. 2008. To Plan or not to Plan? Young adult orientations to the future in two European cities. Sociology, 1127-1145, vol. 42(6). doi> link>
  • Bradley H and Devadason RE. 2008. Fractured Transitions: young adult pathways into contemporary labour markets. Sociology, 119-136, vol. 42(1). doi> link>
  • Devadason RE. 2007. Constructing Coherence? Young adults’ pursuit of meaning through multiple transitions between work, education and unemployment. Journal of Youth Studies, 203-221, vol. 10(2). doi> link>
  • Devadason RE. 2006. Class, Ethnicity and Individualisation: young adult narratives of transition in two European cities. Journal of Education and Work, 153-169, vol. 19(2). doi> link>
  • Devadason RE. 2002. Dowry abuse in Britain – a culture-specific form of domestic violence. International journal of Punjab studies, 111-132, vol. 7(1).

Chapters

  • Devadason RE. 2017. Making Yourself at Home: Transnational Repertoires of Action on the Move. In Re-Living the Global City. Routledge. link>
  • Devadason RE. 2011. Place attachment, community cohesion and the politics of belonging in European cities. In Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Springer. link>
  • Devadason RE, Bradley H, Fenton S, Guy W, West J. 2005. Young adults’ Experience of Work in the “New” Economy: initial themes from an explorative project. In Employment, Trade Union Renewal and the Future of Work. Palgrave Macmillan. link>
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