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Dr Bindi Shah 

Lecturer in Sociology, Chair of the School of Economic, Social and Political Science Athena SWAN Committee

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Dr Bindi Shah is Lecturer in Sociology within Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was a finalist for the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in 2019.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in areas related to migration, transnational relations, citizenship & belonging, race and gender based exclusion and hate on the Web/Social Media, environmental justice, religion and the environment, religious spaces and religion among ethnic minority communities.

Prior to her appointment at Southampton in 2011, Bindi was an ESRC Research Fellow (2008-2010) in the Department of Social Sciences, Roehampton University. Between 2004 – 2007 she was a Research Fellow on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘British Pakistanis: Exploring Differential Outcomes in relation to Gender and Social Capital’, and a Teaching Fellow in the department of Geography, University College London. She has also held a temporary lectureship in Sociology, in the School of Social Policy and Social Research, University of Kent.

Bindi's research focuses on migration, religion, nationhood, citizenship and belonging with respect to Asian American and British South Asian second-generation, the Jain diaspora, and wider migration and refugee flows to the UK. She adopts Critical Race, Feminist and Postcolonial approaches, and has expertise in qualitative methodologies.

Her book Laotian Daughters: Working toward Community, Belonging and Environmental Justice (2012, Temple University Press) was awarded two prizes: Outstanding Book published in 2012 for Social Sciences from the Association for Asian American Studies, and Honourable Mention from the American Sociological Association Asia and Asian America Section. She has also published in a wide range of journals, and is member of the Editorial Board for Sociological Research Online. In 2015, she was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. 

Bindi has successfully supervised to completion the following PhD students: 

Luiz Valerio de Paula Trinidade – ‘It is not funny. Critical analysis of racial ideologies embedded in racialized humour discourses on Facebook in Brazil’. Visit the article on The Conversation website.

Fiona Ngarachu – ‘Why not ask the children? Understanding young people’s perspectives on ethnicity and politics in Kenya’. 

Sahar Aljaouhari – ‘Between obedience and rebellion: A field study on the young women of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’.

Research interests

Current projects:

This pilot project, funded by the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, investigates the tenor of Twitter conversations on the lifting of work restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian migrants to the UK, and the cultural politics of belonging embedded in social media conversations on migration/immigration to the UK. 

Funded through the Annual Adventures in Research Fund at the University of Southampton, this project investigates the role and impact of Jain diaspora philanthropy to a Jain non-governmental organisation delivering services in rural Gujarat. Building on this research and early work on Jains in the UK and USA, I am developing a larger project that will examine the role of Jain diaspora in preserving tangible and intangible heritage in rapidly globalizing India. 

I am developing a new project that will investigate the potential for social mobility, well-being and belonging amongst internal migrants in India. 


Member of the Sociological Research Online Editorial Board
Member of the ESRC Peer Review College 2010-2019
Member of the Southampton Migration Research Network 

Current PhD students:

Aneesh Joseph - Power, Identity and Reflexivity: Interrogating their Dynamics and Interplay in Reconstituting the Adivasi Subject in Kerala, India (Ist supervisor)

Miloslawa Kwiatek - ‘Entrepreneurship, Citizenship and Belonging in Times of Brexit Uncertainty: Experiences of Polish Migrant Women in the UK’ (1st supervisor) 

Jesse Shipp - ‘Who are we? Who am I?’ – Looking at how grandparents influence the identities of mixed young people (2nd supervisor)

Tom Courtenay - How is Forced Marriage being managed, and are current measures influenced by a conflict of cultural values? (3rd supervisor) 

Research project(s)

Religion, Ethnicity, Citizenship: Young Jains in UK & USA

Chair of the School of Economic, Social and Political Science Athena SWAN Committee


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In Semester 1 of the academic year 2019-20 I am teaching the 2nd/3rd year optional module Migration in a Globalising World. In Semester 2 I co-convene and teach Qualitative Methods Level 1 (RESM 6003) and Level 2 (RESM 6006) that fulfil part of the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme methods training requirements.

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