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Dr Bindi Shah 

Lecturer in Sociology

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Dr Bindi Shah is Lecturer in Sociology within Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology at the University of Southampton.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in areas related to migration, transnational relations, citizenship & belonging, youth activism, environmental justice, religious spaces and religion among ethnic minority communities.



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Research interests

My research interests focus on: Migration, Asian American and British South Asian second-generation, Citizenship & Belonging, Sociology of Religion, Critical Race and Feminist Studies, Environmental Justice, and Youth activism.

Currently I am developing a new project on the Jain diaspora and the impact of their transnational social and political engagements in India. Funded through the Annual Adventures in Research Fund at Southampton, a pilot project investigates the role of Jain diaspora philanthropy and social remittances channelled through a Jain religious non-governmental organisation (NGO), the development paradigm and values adopted by this Jain NGO, and the social impact of this development on gender and caste relations, and class aspirations at the local level.

I have also engaged these research interests through:

- And an ESRC funded project, ‘Religion, Ethnicity, Citizenship: Young Jains in UK & USA’ (RES-063-27-0131), which investigated the role of religion in the lives of second-generation South Asian Jains, and the implications of involvement in Jain religious institutions and practices for wider processes of social and political identity formation and citizenship in the two societies.

- My doctoral research and subsequent monograph, ‘ Laotian Daughters: Working toward Community, Belonging and Environmental Justice’, (2012) Temple University Press, was an in-depth ethnographic study of second-generation Laotian girls involved in a youth project established by an environmental justice organization in the San Francisco –Bay area. The research analysed both the politics of incorporation in the USA and examined a grass-roots social/environmental justice organisation as a site of incorporation.

Between 2004-06 I was a Research Fellow on a Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘British Pakistanis: Exploring Differential Outcomes in relation to Gender and Social Capital’, led by Claire Dwyer (UCL) Tariq Modood and Suruchi Thapar-Bjokert (both at Bristol University). This project provided an opportunity to examine educational achievements and career aspirations among young British Pakistani women and men.

Research project(s)

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

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Postgraduate level: I co-convene two qualitative methods modules that form part of methods training through the Doctoral Training Centre at Southampton.

Undergraduate level: I convene the first year core module, Foundations in Social Theory, and a second year optional module, Migration in a Globalizing World. I also contribute teaching to a first year compulsory module Transformations in the Modern World, and to a second year optional module, Race & Ethnicity in a Global Context.



Dr Bindi Shah
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number:58/4081

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