I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Science as part of Bath Spa's College of Liberal Arts. My research engages with questions about work identities, organisations, place attachment and belonging, young adulthood, the life course and transnational mobility. My research and teaching cross-cuts the disciplines of sociology, geography, politics, development and business studies.
My research engages with the relationship between employment and society. My approach involves making the links between macro-economic processes - globalization and deindustrialisation, in particular - and individuals' working lives, organisations and cities. These processes inform social divisions within cities and labour markets, as well as people's aspirations, biographies and careers.
My major projects centre on the following themes:
- Young adulthood and employment (Devadason 2006; 2007; 2008; Bradley and Devadason 2008)
- Ethnic minorities’ political participation, place attachment and belonging in European cities (Devadason 2010, 2011a, 2011b), and
- Transnational mobility, work and wellbeing within global organisations (Devadason 2017, 2018, 2019).
I completed my PhD entitled ‘Living to Work or Working to Live? Young adult life transitions in two European Cities’ at the University of Bristol in 2006. For my PhD I conducted fieldwork in Bristol and Gothenburg about young adults' working lives.
Prior to commencing my lectureship at Bath Spa, I held a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bristol (2009-11), and an RA post on the EC-funded project LOCALMULTIDEM (2007-08). For my BA fellowship, I conducted case studies of global organisations in different sectors - based in London, Geneva and Bangalore - in order to analyse the personal and professional consequences of pursuing a transnational career. My research in the area of transnational mobility is ongoing.
I currently co-lead the Global Citizenship and Identities research group at Bath Spa and I am a member of the Migration Research Group at the University of Bristol.
- BA - University of Manchester
- MSc - Nottingham Trent University
- MA - School of Oriental and African Studies
- PhD - University of Bristol.
- Sociology of work and employment
- Research methods.
Research and academic outputs
Devadason, R, Williams, S, Bradley, H and Erickson, M (2013) Globalization and work. Polity Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780745652115
Devadason, R (2017) 'Transnational repertoires: making yourself at home on the move.' In: Eade, J and Rumford, C, eds. Re-living the global city: global/local processes. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 80-96. ISBN 9781315717586
Devadason, R (2011) 'Place attachment, community cohesion and the politics of belonging in European cities.' In: Morales, L and Guigni, M, eds. Social capital, political participation and migration in Europe. making multicultural democracy work? Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 238-261. ISBN 9780230244160
The golden handcuffs? Choice, compliance and relocation amongst transnational professionals and executives
Devadason, R (2017) 'The golden handcuffs? Choice, compliance and relocation amongst transnational professionals and executives.' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43 (13). pp. 2265-2282. ISSN 1369-183X
Devadason, R and Fenton, S (2013) 'Power, reflexivity and difference in a Multinational Corporation.' Ethnicities, 13 (4). pp. 475-493. ISSN 1468-7968
Devadason, R (2011) 'Metaphor, social capital and sociological imaginaries.' Sociological Review, 59 (3). pp. 633-654. ISSN 1467-954X
Devadason, R (2010) 'Cosmopolitanism, geographical imaginaries and belonging in North London.' Urban Studies, 47 (14). pp. 2945-2963. ISSN 0042-0980
Devadason, R (2008) 'To plan or not to plan? Young adult future orientations in two European cities.' Sociology, 42 (6). pp. 1127-1145. ISSN 0038-0385
Devadason, R and Bradley, H (2008) 'Fractured transitions: young adults' pathways into contemporary labour markets.' Sociology, 42 (1). pp. 119-136. ISSN 0038-0385
Constructing coherence? Young adults’ pursuit of meaning through multiple transitions between work, education and unemployment
Devadason, R (2007) 'Constructing coherence? Young adults’ pursuit of meaning through multiple transitions between work, education and unemployment.' Journal of Youth Studies, 10 (2). pp. 203-221. ISSN 1367-6261
Devadason, R (2006) 'Class, ethnicity and individualisation: young adult narratives of transition in two European cities.' Journal of Education and Work, 19 (2). pp. 153-169. ISSN 1363-9080
Devadason, R (2015) The global imperative: choice, reflexivity and relocation amongst transnational professionals. In: GSA Conference - Living the Global: the Cultural Experience of Globalization, 2-4 July 2015, Roehampton University, London, UK.
Devadason, R (2014) Transnational repertoires: making yourself at home on the move. In: Cultural Encounters and Global Connectivity: Global Studies Association Conference, 26-28 June 2014, York St John University, York, UK.
Devadason, R (2012) Humanitarians without borders: work, mobility and wellbeing in UNHCR.