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Dr Gunjan Sondhi

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Professional biography

I come to the discipline of Geography through Migration Studies, with a PhD from the University of Sussex, UK. Prior to starting as a Lecturer in Geography at the Open University in May 2018, I held postdoctoral positions at the Open University in the UK (2016-2018), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2015-2016) and York University in Canada (2014-2015). I am currently chairing the production of a new Geogrpahy module entitled Researching Geographies.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the interplay between gender, class, education and skilled mobility .  This work has stretched across South Asia, Southeast Asia, North America and the UK/EU to examining the mobility of international students, and highly skilled migrants within academia, the IT sector and Finance. I am interested in employing gender as an analytical lens to examine the different pathways and flows of skilled mobility that reflect the global and regional shifting relations of power.

Current Projects (OpenUniversity)
Completed Projects:

External Funding:

British Academy/Leverhulme: (2020-2021) Writing International Student Migration in Africa (PI)

Internal Funding:

Strategic Research and Innovation Fund: Experiences of International students in the pandemic (PI)

International Development and Inclusive Innovation Fund: Internatonal students in the pandemic (PI)

ESRC (2016-18): Gender, Skilled Migration and IT industry: a comparative study of India and the UK (OU, Postdoctoral Research Associate)

NRF(2015):  Singapore in the Global Talent Race (NTU, Singapore, Research Fellow)

SSHRC (2014): The Mentoring Partnership Project (York University, Canada, Research Associate)

PCAL (2014): Reviewing international students in Canada (York University, Canada, Co-I)

 

Teaching interests

I am currently involved in the production of two modules

  • D325: Researching Geographies (Module Production Chair)
  • D225: Changing Britain, Changing Geographies (Module team member)

Impact and engagement

Recent international invited policy presentations
  • (2018) Raghuram, P. and Sondhi, G. Skilling and Skills in migration and sector data. International Forum on Migration Statistics, OECD, Paris.
  • (2017) Student migration and development, presentation to the Global Compact on Migration and Development, United Nations, New York.
  • (2017) Gender and skilled migration in the IT sector, InterParliamentary Trust meeting, Houses of Parliament, London.
Public interventions
  • TechPartnerships and the Open University (March 2018) Bridging the skills gap: lessons from India.
  • NASSCOM Diversity and Inclusion Summit (March 2017), Bangalore; (March 2018), Chennai.
  • Independent Parliamentary Trust (Feb 2017) Digital Skills: Bridging the Gap for Women in Technology, London
Industry/sector interventions
Media coverage 

External collaborations

Publications

Working Within the Aspiring Center: Professional Status and Mobilities Among Migrant Faculty in Singapore (2019-06-01)
Ortiga, Yasmin Y.; Chou, Meng-Hsuan; Sondhi, Gunjan and Wang, Jue
Higher Education Policy, 32(2) (pp. 146-166)


Academic "Centres", Epistemic Differences and Brain Circulation (2018-09-21)
Ortiga, Yasmin Y.; Chou, Meng-Hsuan; Sondhi, Gunjan and Wang, Jue
International Migration, 56(5) (pp. 90-105)


International student migration: a comparison of UK and Indian students’ motivations for studying abroad (2018)
King, Russell and Sondhi, Gunjan
Globalisation, Societies and Education, 16(2) (pp. 176-191)


Gendering international student migration: an Indian case-study (2017-05)
Sondhi, Gunjan and King, Russell
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(8) (pp. 1308-1324)


Gendered Highly Skilled Migration in the Knowledge Sector (2020-07-15)
Raghuram, Parvati and Sondhi, Gunjan
In: Huang, Shirlena and Ruwanpura, Kanchana N. eds. Handbook of Gender in Asia. International Handbooks on Gender (pp. 253-274)
ISBN : 9781788112901 | Publisher : Edward Elgar | Published : Cheltenham


Skilled Migration and IT Sector: A Gendered Analysis (2019)
Sondhi, Gunjan; Raghuram, Parvati; Herman, Clem and Ruiz-Ben, Esther
In: Rajan, S. Irudaya ed. India Migration Report 2018: Migrants in Europe
ISBN : 9781138498167 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New Delhi


"Settlers" Meeting the "Settled": International Students Encountering the South Asian "Diaspora" in Ontario, Canada (2019)
Sondhi, Gunjan
In: Kim, Ann H. and Kwak, Min-Jung eds. Outward and Upward Mobilities: International Students in Canada, Their Families and Structuring Institutions (pp. 159-176)
ISBN : 9781487504625 | Publisher : University of Toronto Press | Published : Toroto, Canada