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Dr Gurchathen Sanghera

Senior Lecturer

Researcher profile

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Research areas

Gurchathen joined the School of International Relations as a Lecturer in 2007 and was, eventually, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017. He is the co-Deputy Director of the Minorities Research Centre at the University and a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College. In 2020, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Gurchathen?s research explores the complexities of social justice and, in particular, the discursive and material reproduction of marginalisation and exclusion globally, nationally and locally.

More specifically, his research is concerned with examining the ways in which various forms of discrimination intersect (for example caste, class, gender, geographical, sexual, religious) to shape people?s everyday lives and how, in turn, people respond to such processes. This work draws on empirical research and is also informed by theoretical debates.

Gurchathen?s research falls within the following four themes:

1. Critical approaches to human rights:

  • Social constructionism
  • Postcolonialism
  • 'Politics' of human rights
  • Children?s rights.

2. Child labour in India:

  • Causes (caste, class, gender, religion) and implications
  • State-subaltern relations and structural violence
  • Political-economy of India and elite-led development
  • Human rights in India
  • Neoliberal globalisation and India
  • Resistance.

3. The politics of race and ethnicity in the UK:

  • Social capital and social mobility
  • Islamophobia and racism
  • Gender experiences and responses
  • Social and political identities
  • Resistance and resilience.

4. Qualitative research: 

  • Positionality and intersectionality
  • Gatekeepers
  • Researching marginalised groups.

PhD supervision

  • Muneerah Ab Razak
  • Bennett Collins
  • Patrick Obuobi

Selected publications


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