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Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017

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International Migration and Inclusive Development in India (Advert Ref: RDF18/SSL/TAYLOR)
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
PhD Research Project Competition Funded Students Worldwide
Dr S Taylor
Application Deadline: 28 January 2018


Despite strong economic growth in India over the past twenty years, resulting in the country being placed within the top five world economies on some measurements, we have seen the intensification of economic and social inequalities within India during this period. Contemporary India is particularly economically and socially divided on the basis of caste, gender, class, religion and region. There is a clear need for inclusive economic development and welfare across forms of social differentiation in India.

The relationship between international migration and development has recently emerged as a key area of global, national and regional policy making, as well as a focus of academic research, throughout the world but particularly with reference to the global south. This is particularly the case in India. Intense and increasing scrutiny and legislation is being applied to the remittances, investments, philanthropic donations, knowledge, skills and social capital transmitted ‘home’ by Indian diasporic communities living abroad. India is famously the largest foreign remittance receiving country in the world, the value of which outstrips international aid to, and regularly exceeds foreign direct investment in, the nation. Furthermore, it is increasingly recognised that the Indian international migration-development nexus goes well beyond remittances to encompass transnational financial investments, philanthropy, skills, ideas and knowledge transfer, as well as cultural, religious and political transactions. Nevertheless, the overseas Indian as development actor is, while now hugely significant in policy terms, a relatively new phenomenon about which we have much to learn. While dominant discourses within academic and policy discussions tend to celebrate the progressive relationship between Indian migrant transnationalism and Indian development, they have recently been qualified by a number of academic studies which emphasize the complexity and ambiguity, and call for more nuanced analyses, of the international migration-development nexus. Migrant transnationalism can exacerbate and create social differentiation and inequality within India, undermining inclusive development while simultaneously promoting economic development for some. It is important to examine the impact of migrant transnationalism across transnational space, with the effects upon those who do not migrate being especially important.

We invite PhD project proposals which aim to empirically examine the relationship between international migration and inclusive development within any region of India. This is likely to involve transnational fieldwork and may examine one of the following, currently under-explored, aspects of the Indian international migration-development nexus (although this list is not exhaustive), with a regional focus: Indian Transnationalism and Caste Inequalities; Dalit International Migration and Development; Gendered Indian International Migration and Development; International Migration, Gendered Land Transformation and Development in India; Climate Change, Indian Transnationalism and Development; Changing forms of Labour and Skill Mobility from and to India. Proposals which advocate an inter-disciplinary approach, and those which aim to develop connections with non-academic partners as part of the research process, are strongly encouraged.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Please note eligibility requirement: • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement. • Appropriate IELTS score, if required. • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere. For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 28 January 2018
Start Date: 1 October 2018

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers. 

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2017/18, this is £14,553 pa) and fees


Recent publications relevant to this project:


Taylor, S., Rajan, I. and Kumar, V. (2017) ‘Dalit Migration, Diaspora and Development; Punjab and Kerala’ in Rajan, I.S. (ed) India Migration Report 2017, New Delhi: Routledge
Taylor, S. (2015) ‘”Home is Never Fully Achieved Even When We Are In It”: Migration, Belonging and Social Exclusion within Transnational Punjabi Mobility’, Mobilities, 10, 2
Taylor, S. (2015) ‘Ambivalent Transnationalism: Caste and Development within a Punjabi Transnational Community’ in Rajan, I.S. and Varghese, V.J. (eds) Migrations, Mobility and Multiple Affiliations: Punjabis in a Transnational World, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press
Taylor, S. (2014) ‘The Diasporic Pursuit of Home and Identity: Dynamic Punjabi Transnationalism’, The Sociological Review 62, 2
Taylor, S. (2014) ‘Religious Conversion and Dalit Assertion amongst a Punjabi Dalit Diaspora’, Sociological Bulletin 63, 2
Taylor, S. (2014) ‘Land, Migration and Identity: Changing Punjabi Transnationalism’ in Rajan, I.S. (ed.) India Migration Report 2014, New Delhi: Routledge
Taylor, S. and Singh, M. (2013) ‘Punjab’s Doaban Migration-Development Nexus: Transnationalism and Caste Domination’, Economic and Political Weekly (Special Article), 48, 24 (with Singh, M.)
Taylor, S. (2013) ‘Searching for Ontological Security: Changing Meanings of Home amongst a Punjabi Diaspora’, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 47, 3
Taylor, S., Singh, M. and Booth, D. (2007) ‘Migration, Development and Inequality: Punjabi Transnationalism’, Global Networks, 7, 3

(Please see the pdf of the same attached)