Dr Shoba Arun

  • Reader in Sociology, Department of Sociology.
  • Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Contact: s.arun@mmu.ac.uk
  • Full profile.

Dr Shoba Arun, is Reader in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester. She focusses on a comparative and international sociological approach critically interrogating relationships in global and social change, and has produced 40+ outputs, including international  journal  articles and  two monographs (one published in 2017). Her research interested include Global and Transnational Gender Research, Gender and Feminist Theory and Practice ,Migration and Transitions; Sociology  of work and entrepreneurship practices, Transnational migration and Identities; Poverty and Asset-based Livelihoods. She has taught extensively in areas of international sociology and global studies with expertise in migration and gender inequalities. Her monograph, Development and Gender Capital in India, was published in 2017 by Routledge. Currently she is PI (UK Lead) for Horizon 2020 project Micreate (Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe, €2.95 million; 2019-2022 ) involving 15 EU partners to advance understanding on a child centred perspective on migrant integration.

She is member of Editorial Board on journals such as  Work, Employment and Society and Migration and Development.

Shoba has been associated with the GSA UK since 2003, and the GSA North America since 2015, presenting papers at several GSA conferences. She was Membership Secretary of the GSA UK Committee from 2009-2011, and convening one of the main thematic sessions (Globalization and Cosmopolitanism) for the 2018 conference at the University of Northampton.  She is currently co-organising the 2020 GSA Conference.

She recently undertook a study on Gender Capital and Startsup in Bihar as part of the Metropolis Chancellor’s Fellowship (2017-19) and was invited to be part of Advisory Board on multi-country study on ‘Evaluation of Flood Relief Camps’ in Kerala, India (2019-20).

Selected Publications since 2009:

Arun, S, Brahic, B and Taylor, S (2019) (eds). Special Issue on ‘Global mobilities: united by dividing and accelerating precarities’. Migration and Development Journal.April. https://doi.org/10.1080/21632324.2019.1597419

El-Abani, S., Jacobs, S., Chadwick, K., & Arun, S. (2018). Migration and attitudes towards domestic violence against women: a case study of Libyan migrants in the UK. Migration and Development, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/21632324.2018.1504199

Arun, S. (2018). All about my skills, not me or mine: Vignettes of precarity among skilled Indian professionals in the UK. In India Migration Report 2018 (pp. 280-293). Routledge India.

Shazhadi, A., Smithson, H., McHugh, R., and Arun, S. (2017). ‘Society does treat me differently and that is a shame’: understandings and feelings of Britishness amongst visibly observant young Muslims. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-13.

Arun, S (2017). Globalisation, Development and Gender Capital in India: Change, Continuity and Conflict in Kerala. Routledge, Asian Series. Monograph.

Arun, S, Annim S and Arun T (2016) Even’ After Access to Financial Services? Ricocheting Gender Equations”.  Institute for the Study of Labour. The University of Bonn. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10099. July. http://ftp.iza.org/dp10099.pdf.

Heeks, R and Arun , S (2016 b) Socially Responsible Outsourcing: Global Sourcing with Social Impact in R. Babin, M. Lacity, B. Nicholson (eds.) Assessing the Development Impact of Social Outsourcing of IT Services. Palgrave Macmillan.

Arun, S., Annim, S., and Arun, T. (2016). Do All Networks ‘Work’? The Mediating Role of Social Networks on Consumption Expenditure in India.Sociology50(3), 522-541.

Arun, S (2015) On Feminist/Gender Approaches in an Intersecting World. In Avari, B and Joseph, G (eds.)The Interwoven World: ideas and encounters in history”.  Common Ground Publishing

Arun, S, Annim, S and Arun, T (2013) Overcoming Household Shocks: Do Asset-Accumulation Strategies Matter. Review of Social Economy.  DOI:10.1080/00346764.2012.76175488. 71(3);  281-305

Arun, T, Borooah, V.K and Arun, S  (2013) Earnings Inequality in Sri Lanka, The Journal of Developing Areas, 47(1), pp. 355-71, Spring.

Bending, M. Arun, T and Arun, S  (2012) Bequest Motives and Determinants of Micro Life Insurance in Sri Lanka. World Development 40(8), p 1700-1711. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.04.010.

Arun, S (2012) We are farmers too. Gendered Households in Kerala, India. Journal of Gender Studies. 21 (3), pp. 271-284. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2012.691650

Arun, S. Ushadevi, B and Arun, T  (2011) Transforming Livelihoods and assets Through Participatory Institutions. Kudumbashree in Kerala, India. International Journal of Public Administration. 34(3), 171-79.

Arun, S and Heeks, R (2010a) Social outsourcing as a development tool: The impact of outsourcing IT services to women’s social enterprises in Kerala. Journal of International Development. March DOI 10.1002/jid.1580.

Arun, S (2010b) Caring’ cosmopolitans and global migration: plus ça change? Chapter in RaviRaman, R (ed.) Development, Democracy and the State: A Critique of the Kerala Model. Routledge.

Arun, S. (2009) Caring’ Professionals: Global Migration and Gendered Cultural Economy in Howcroft, D and Richardson, H (eds). Gender and Work in the Global Cultural Economy. Palgrave, Macmillan.