I am a senior lecturer in Social Science at the College of Liberal Arts. My research centres on the sociology of work, globalization, social divisions and cities.
Prior to commencing my lectureship at Bath Spa, I held a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bristol (2009-2011), for which I analysed the work identities and wellbeing of transnational professionals in global organisations and cities (www.moralmarketentrepreneurs.com).
For that project I conducted fieldwork in MNCs, NGOs and a UN agency. I am particularly interested in how mobility affects workers in different sectors; and have analysed how mobility shapes professionals' biographies, relationships and identities, to that end.
My work represents a decisive shift away from the nation-state as a ‘container’ approach to researching employment and instead sets out to capture the emerging dynamics of the global economy. By highlighting individual agency and perspectives, it gives voice to actors in specific locales and occupations and thereby counters abstract and broadbrush accounts of globalization (Devadason 2012; Devadason and Fenton 2013; Devadason 2016).
- 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.