Invisible Migrants and Hidden Occupations in the City: Lessons for Research and Policy
The State of Cities – #CityConversations with Prof Priya Deshingkar on Invisible Migrants and Hidden Occupations in the City: Lessons for Research and Policy
The State of Cities
#CityConversations with Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Prof Priya Deshingkar, Professor, Migration and Development, University of Sussex
Professor Priya Deshingkar is an internationally recognised authority on South-South migration research and policy analysis. Prof Deshingkar played a key role in influencing the global policy discourse on internal migration and development. She is currently advising the Indian Ministry of Urban Affairs on migration-related issues in the wake of Covid-19. She holds PhD degree from Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, United Kingdom 1988 – 1992.
Priya teaches on the MA in Migration and Global Development on topics ranging from the impacts of Covid-19 on migration, climate and migration; gender and generation; youth and child labour; forced migration, trafficking and human smuggling as well as irregularity and transit migration.
Since September 2020 Priya will also work with the University of Addis Ababa on the GCRF funded project on Protracted Displacement Economies.
Prof Priya Deshingkar has recently led three major research programmes
- The £8.64 million DFID funded Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium, The Capitalising Human Mobility for Poverty Alleviation and Inclusive Development project in Myanmar (CHIME) Research in Myanmar under The British Academy Tackling Slavery programme. Her research focuses on migration and poverty with a focus on precarity and agency, migration brokerage and the migration industry, trafficking, modern slavery, migration and development.
- As Research Director of MOOP, Priya has played a key role in designing and overseeing mixed methods research in five global regions: South and Southeast Asia as well as East, West and Southern Africa where she has worked closely with the Asia Research Institute in Singapore, The Centre for Migration Studies in Ghana and The African Centre for Migration and Society in South Africa. She has also developed a strand of work within the consortium on the migration industry which has resulted in path-breaking research on brokerage in the migration of domestic workers in Ghana and brokerage in the migration of low skilled construction workers from Bangladesh to Qatar.
- As the PI of the CHIME project, Priya has designed and led mixed methods research in four regions of Myanmar which will yield unique evidence on migration drivers and process in the country.
Her most recent book is Circular Migration and Multilocational Livelihood Strategies in India (co-edited with John Farrington, 2009) which is a key reference text for scholars working on internal migration. Until 2009, Prof Deshingkar was Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute.
Prof Priya Deshingkar played a key role in developing the MA programme on Migration and Global Development at the University of Sussex which is now in its fourth year and has continued to attract students from all over the world.
She is passionate about authentic Indian food and runs Deccan Tiffin at UK, DECADENT INDIAN DINING. In her words-Ever since I can remember, I had a passion for the richness and variety of food in India. I grew up in North Delhi where there were many different communities with very distinct cuisines – the Muslims from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi with their Awadhi and Mughali cuisines; the Vaishya cuisine of the vegetarian Guptas and Agarwals; the diverse cuisines of the Kayasthas, Biharis, and Kashmiris. I was one of those annoying kids who was always in the neighbours’ kitchens asking questions.
Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor, Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal; Senior Fellow, IMPRI
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