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Prof Parvati Raghuram

Prof Parvati Raghuram
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Professor of Geography and Migration



MA (University of Delhi, India), PhD (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

Course development and teaching

I was on the course production team for  Changing cities: urban transitions and decision making (D837) and for Environment: sharing a dynamic planet (DST206).

Research interests

My research interests focus on the ways in which the mobility of individuals, goods and ideas is reshaping the world. Most of the work I have done so far has focused on how people experience and negotiate globalisation, especially as they move as gendered workers in sectors where the 'knowledge' of global knowledge societies is embodied and embedded: sectors such as medicine, education and the IT sector. The mobility and meanings of goods is an area I have explored in my work on Asian women and fashion. In the future I would like to examine how these mobilities are underlain by ideas such as developmentalism in order to explore how they reproduce, alter and challenge gendered subjectivities of migrants. My key concern here is to understand the implications of these ways of thinking for class and race politics and the ways in which postcolonial theory can provide a route into such thinking. Alongside these issues I have also kept up an interest in methodological and epistemological issues.

I'm the Director of the OpenSpace Research Centre.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.


Kofman, E. and Raghuram, P. (2015) Gendered migration and global social reproduction. Palgrave.

Raghuram, P. et al. (2008) (eds) Tracing Indian Diasporas: Contexts, Memories, Representations, Sage: New Delhi.

Johnson, R., Chambers, D., Raghuram, P. and Tincknell, E. (2004) The Practice of Cultural Studies, London: Sage.

Puwar, N. and Raghuram, P. (2003) (eds) South Asian Women in the Diaspora, Oxford: Berg.

Kofman, E., Phizacklea, A., Raghuram, P. and Sales, R. (2000) Gender and International Migration in Europe: employment, welfare and politics, London: Routledge.

Journal articles

Bornat, J., Raghuram, P., and Henry, L.i (2014). Oral history voicing differences: South Asian doctors and migration narratives. Economic and Political Weekly, 49(30): 60–66.

 Raghuram, P., Noxolo, P. and Madge, C. (2014). Rising Asia and postcolonial geography. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 35(1): 119–135.

Raghuram, P. (2013) Theorising the spaces of student migration. Population Space and Place 19(2): 138–154.

King, R. and Raghuram, P. (2013) International Student Migration: Mapping the Field and New Research Agendas. Population Space and Place 19(2): 127–137.

Raghuram, P. (2012) Global care, local configurations: challenges to conceptualizations of care. Global Networks 12(2): 155–174.

Kofman, E. and Raghuram, P. (2012) Women, Migration and Care: explorations of diversity and dynamism in the South. Social Politics 19(3): 408–432.

Noxolo, P. Raghuram, P., and Madge C. (2012) Unsettling responsibility: postcolonial interventions. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37(3): 418–429.

Bornat, J. Raghuram, P. and Henry, L. (2012) Revisiting The Archives – Opportunities And Challenges: A Case Study From The History Of Geriatric Medicine. Socresonline 17(2).

Bornat, J., Henry, L. and Raghuram, P. (2011) Geriatric medicine and the management of transitions into old age: the hospital bed as a site of spatial practice? Area 43(4): 430–437.

Bornat, J., Henry, L. and Raghuram, P. (2011) The making of careers, the making of a discipline: Luck and chance in migrant careers in geriatric medicine. Journal of Vocational Behavior 78(3): 342–350.

Raghuram, P. Bornat, J. and Henry, L. (2011) The co-marking of aged bodies and migrant bodies: migrant workers' contribution to geriatric medicine in the UK. Sociology of Health and Illness 33(2): 321–335.

Raghuram, P. Bornat, J. and Henry, L. (2010) Difference and distinction? Non-migrant and migrant networks Sociology 44(4): 623–641.

Asis, M., Piper, N. and Raghuram, P. (2010) International migration and development in Asia – exploring knowledge frameworks. International Migration 48(3): 76–106.

Bornat, J. Henry, L. and Raghuram, P. (2009) 'Don't Mix Race With The Specialty': Interviewing South Asian Overseas-trained Geriatricians. Oral History Journal 37(1&2): 74–84.

Raghuram, P. (2009) Which migration, what development? unsettling the edifice of migration and development, Population, Space and Place 15(2): 103–117.

Raghuram, P. Madge, C. and Noxolo, P. (2009) Rethinking responsibility and care for a postcolonial world. Geoforum 40(1): 5–13.

Raghuram, P. (2009) Caring about the brain drain in a postcolonial world. Geoforum 40(1): 25–33.

Madge, C. Raghuram, P. and Noxolo, P. (2009) Engaged pedagogy and responsibility: a postcolonial analysis of international students. Geoforum 40(1): 34–45.

Noxolo, P. Raghuram, P. and Madge, C. (2008). 'Geography is pregnant' and 'Geography's milk is flowing': metaphors for a postcolonial discipline? Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26(1): 146–168.

Raghuram, P. (2008) Migrant women in male-dominated sectors of the labour market: a research agenda, Population, Space and Place, 14, 43–57.

Raghuram, P. (2007) Interrogating the language of integration: the case of Internationally Recruited Nurses, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 16, 12, 2246–2251.

Mackintosh, M. Raghuram, P. and Henry, L. (2006) A perverse subsidy: African trained nurses and doctors in the NHS, Soundings 34 : 103–113

Raghuram, P. and Madge, C. (2006) Towards a method for postcolonial development geographies: possibilities and challenges, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 27, 3, 270–288

Kofman, E. and Raghuram, P. (2006) Women and global labour migrations: incorporating skilled workers, Antipode, 38, 2, 282–303.

Kofman, E. and Raghuram, P. (2005) (eds) Gender and Skilled Migrants: Into and Beyond the Workplace, Special issue of Geoforum, 36, 2, 149–154.

Raghuram, P. and Kofman, E. (2004) (eds) Out of Asia: skilling, re-skilling and deskilling, Special issue of Women's Studies International Forum, 27, 2, 95–100.

Raghuram, P. (2004) Migration, gender and the IT sector: intersecting debates, Women's Studies International Forum, 27, 2, 163–176.

Kofman, E. and Raghuram, P. (2004) (eds) Global Labour Migration, An introduction to Special issue of Feminist Review, 77, 1, 4–6.

Raghuram, P. (2004) The difference that skills make: gender, family migration strategies and regulated labour markets, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 30, 2, 303–323.

Raghuram. P. and Kofman, E. (2002) The State, labour markets and immigration: the case of skilled emigrants in UK's medical labour market, Environment and Planning A, 34, 11, 2071–2089.

Tincknell, E. and Raghuram, P. (2002) Big Brother - reconfiguring the 'active' audience in cultural research? European Journal of Cultural Studies, 5, 2, 199–216. An updated version is reprinted in Su Holmes and Deborah Jermyn (eds) 'Understanding Reality Television' (2003), London: Routledge.

Chapters in edited collections

Kofman, E. And Raghuram, P. (2012) Genere, migrazione e lavoro di cura nel Sud globale, in Flavia Piperno and Mara Tognetti Bordogna (eds) Welfare transnazionale: La frontiera esterna delle politiche sociali.

Raghuram, P. and Piper, N. (2011) 'Women and Migration in Asia – eroding borders, new fixities' in Doris Wastl-Walter (ed.) Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies, Aldershot: Ashgate, 529–548.

Raghuram, P. (2009) 'Situating women in the brain drain discourse: discursive challenges and opportunities' in H. Stalford, S. Velluti, and S. Currie (eds.) Gender and migration in 21st century Europe, Aldershot: Ashgate, 85–106.

Raghuram, P. (2008) 'Governing the mobility of skills', in Christina Gabrielle and Helene Pellerin (eds) Governing International Labour Migration: Current Issues, Challenges and Dilemmas, Routledge: New York.

Raghuram, P. (2008) Conceptualising Indian emigration: the development story, in Ton van Naerssen, Ernst Spaan and Annelies Zoomers (eds) Global Migration and Development, Routledge.

Raghuram, P. (2008) Thinking UK's medical labour market transnationally, in John Connell (ed.) A Global Health System: The International Migration of Health Workers, Routledge

Raghuram, P. (2008) Governing the mobility of skills, in Christina Gabrielle and Helene Pellerin (eds) Governing International Labour Migration: Current Issues, Challenges and Dilemmas, Routledge: New York.

Raghuram, P. and Madge, C. (2007) Feminist theorising as practice in Karen Falconer-al-Hindi and Pamela Moss (eds) Feminisms in Geography: Space, Place and Environment, Rowman and Littlefield: Lanham.

Raghuram, P. (2006) Dis/placing migration theories, in Katarina Ferro and Margot Wallner (eds) Migration Happens: Reasons, Effects And Opportunities Of Migration In The South Pacific, Muenster: LIT-publisher.

Raghuram, P. (2006) Asian women medical migrants in the UK, in Anuja Agarwal (ed.) Women, work and migration: Perspectives from Asia, New Delhi: Sage.

Raghuram, P. (2005) Global maid trade: Indian domestic workers in the global market, in Shirlena Huang, Noorashikin Abdul Rahman and Brenda Yeoh (eds) Asian Transnational Domestic Workers, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish

Madge, C., Noxolo, P. and Raghuram, P. (2004) Bodily contours: geography, metaphor and pregnancy, in WGSG publication Gender and Geography Reconsidered.

Raghuram, P. (2004) Initiating the commodity chain: South Asian women and fashion in the diaspora, in Alex Hughes and Suzy Reimer (eds) Geographies of Commodity Chains, London: Routledge.

Puwar, N. and Raghuram, P. (2003): (Dis)locating South Asian women in the Academy, in Puwar, N. and Raghuram, P. (eds) South Asian Women in the Diaspora, Oxford: Berg.

Other key publications

Kofman, E. and Raghuram, P. (2010) Skilled female migrants in the discourse of labour migration in Europe. Available from: (Accessed 5 July 2013)

Kofman, E. and Raghuram, P. (2009) The Implications of Migration for Gender and Care Regimes. UNRISD, International Futures Society and International Organization for Migration. Available from:$file/KofmanRag.pdf (Accessed 5 July 2013)

Kofman, E. and Raghuram, P. (2009) Gender and global migrations. Policy Brief, Hamburg Institute of International Economics.

Kofman, E., Raghuram, P. and Merefield, M. (2005) Gendered migrations: Towards gender-sensitive policies in the UK, Working Paper 6, Asylum and Immigration Series IPPR Asylum and Immigration Series.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Last updated: 6 March 2015