Dr Shoba Arun completed her PhD from the University of Manchester (1999), after which she joined as Lecturer in International Development, at the University of Ulster. She has many years of experience in teaching in sociology and international development. As a Senior Fellow of the HEA, Shoba Arun is an active and enthusiastic academic with substantial teaching and research interests. Her research goals are to better understand processes of global social change, as these processes are expressed in particular social and spatial contexts and differently, among diverse social constituencies. Her scholarship on sociology of development is seen in her overall research, teaching, and outreach activities, particularly on the causes, dynamics, and consequences of social and economic change, and engages this approach to undertake a number of parallel but distinct research interests. Foremost, her research publications and expertise concern gender matters in the global society and the knowledge economy. This includes research in the areas of neo-liberal policies and impact on digital technologies, and its impact on gender and the labour market. In doing so, she has an international standing in this field of gender research in a sociological analysis of development informatics. Her publications have informed policy reports and scholarly debates on the impact of IT based services within the gendered labour market, thus building such knowledge through engaged research with a wide range of constituencies. In addition her research focussing on how societal contexts respond to policies, and identify constraints in development pathways through the intersecting axis of social divisions of gender, ethnicity and class, illustrate the scope and meaning of development in a globalising world and can be seen in her work on assets, social networks among diverse households in India. Her research into global mobilities among skilled migrants also exposes gendered and racialised processes of global change.
Teaching Sociology is both challenging and rewarding. Just as the field of sociology is renowned for articulating diverse patterns of social change, I believe that the classroom experience is significant in capturing societal changes. My teaching philosophy is to stimulate intellectual diversity through a student centred approach while seeking and applying knowledge, through a reflective process, in the wider society. Such an experience in the field of sociology allows to blend easily with a range of disciplines allowing for further study, work opportunities and research. As Senior Fellow of the HEA, I have engaged with all key aspects of research and education in HEIs.
The corner stone of my teaching philosophy is to foster a positive learning environment, which stimulates intellectual diversity and critical thinking facilitated through an appreciation of the global context so that students are able to make meaningful difference in the wider world.
I teach on the Masters and Undergraduate programmes as well as under-take doctoral research supervision. My teaching is research-led within a student-centred approach making appropriate use of blended learning methods that is inclusive of varying levels of student needs, skills and expectations. This puts emphasis on knowledge building, enthusiasm and commitment. In particular, these strengths add to the current programme at post-graduate teaching and doctoral level, wherein the field of sociology of globalisation is a distinguishing characteristic and comparative advantage within sociology.
Senior Fellow, HEA (2016)
Certificate in Different Leaders, Institute of Leadership Management through Diversity Practice (2015)
Fellow, HEA (2008)
PhD in Sociology (Manchester, 1999)
M.Phil in Applied Economics (JNU, India, 1995)
MA in Applied Economics (Bharathiar University, India, 1993)
BA in Economics (Bharathiar University, 1991)
Lecturer in International Development, UNESCO Centre, The University of Ulster, Northern Ireland (2001).
Programme Leader, MA Sociology and Global Change
Chair of Sociology Subject Team
Standard Dissertations Co-ordinator
PG Dissertations Co-ordinator
Member of Faculty Internationalisation Group (FIG)
Organising Committee, BCUR 2016
English, French (Basic), Tamil and Malayalam.
Sociology places people and their daily experiences at the centre of our teaching and sociological research, which will allow students to explore contemporary social change and also open different doors to a wide range of opportunities in the real world of education, research and work. In addition a global perspective provides a vision for being engaged citizens in a diverse, inter-connected and sustainable world.
Global Transformations and Social Change
I am interested in supervision of topics related to:
-Gendered experiences of social and economic change (education, migration and poverty)
-Digital Technologies and economic mobility
--Global migration, social networks and skilled workers
External Examiner, BA Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University (2008-2012).
External Examiner, MA Development Policy and Practice (Distance Learning), Staffordshire University (2014-).
Dr Shoba Arun has considerable research experience on international socio-economic inequalities with seminal and key scholarship on gender inequalities (2001; 2002; 2004;2010;2015) and gendered working practices in digital technologies(2006; 2007;2010; forthcoming a,b). A more recent body of scholarship examines the multidimensional nature of poverty and asset accumulation (2011; 2012; 2013;2015). These publications make a direct and significant contritbuion to social and economic prosperity (asset building) national well being (gender and racial equality) and to the expansion and dissemination of wellbeing (based on www.ref.ac.uk). She has managed and participated in projects on gender equality in a range of socio-economic contexts. Her forthcoming papers include:
S. Arun (2017). Development and Gender Capital in India Change, Continuity and Conflict in Kerala. Routledge.
SM. El-Abani, S. Jacobs, K. Chadwick, S. Arun Migration and attitudes towards domestic violence against women: a case study of Libyan migrants in the UK. Migration and Development.
HL. Smithson, A. Shazhadi, R. McHugh, S. Arun (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. 21(5), pp.607-617.
S. Arun, S. Annim, T. Arun (2016). Do All Networks ‘Work’? The Mediating Role of Social Networks on Consumption Expenditure in India. Sociology. 50(3), pp.522-541.
S. Arun (2015). Do all networks work. Sociology.
S. Arun, SK. Annim, T. Arun (2013). Overcoming Household Shocks: Do Asset-Accumulation Strategies Matter?. Review of Social Economy. 71(3), pp.281-305.
T. Arun, V. Borooah, S. Arun (2013). Earnings Inequality in Sri Lanka. The Journal of Developing Areas. 47(1), pp.355-371.
S. Arun (2012). 'We are farmers too': Agrarian change and gendered livelihoods in Kerala, South India. Journal of Gender Studies. 21(3), pp.271-284.
T. Arun, M. Bendig, S. Arun (2012). Bequest Motives and Determinants of Micro Life Insurance in Sri Lanka. World Development. 40(8), pp.1700-1711.
S. Arun, T. Arun, U. Devi (2011). Transforming livelihoods and assets through participatory approaches: The Kudumbashree in Kerala, India. International Journal of Public Administration. 34(3), pp.171-179.
R. Heeks, S. Arun (2010). Social outsourcing as a development tool: The impact of outsourcing it services to women's social enterprises in Kerala. Journal of International Development. 22(4), pp.441-454.
SV. Arun, TG. Arun, VK. Borooah (2004). The Effect of Career Breaks on the Working Lives of Women. Feminist Economics. 10(1), pp.65-84+187.
S. Arun, T. Arun (2002). ICTs, gender and development: Women in software production in Kerala. Journal of International Development. 14(1), pp.39-50.
S. Arun, TG. Arun (2001). Gender issues in social security policy of developing countries: lessons from the Kerala experience. International Social Security Review. 54(4),
S. Arun, TG. Arun (2001). Gender at work within the software industry: an Indian perspective.
S. Arun (1999). Does land ownership make a difference? Women's roles in agriculture in Kerala, India. Gend Dev. 7(3), pp.19-27.
S. Arun (2018). All about My Skills, not Me or Mine: Vignettes of Precarity among Skilled Indian Professionals in the UK. In: India Migration Report 2018. Routledge India,
S. Arun (2016). Assessing The Development Impact Of Social Outsourcing Of IT Services. In: Socially Responsible Outsourcing. Global Sourcing with Social Impact. Palgrave Macmillan,
S. Arun (2015). On Feminist/Gender Approaches in an Intersecting World. In: THE INTERWOVEN WORLD. Ideas and Encounters in History. CommonGround Publishing,
S. Arun, R. Heeks, S. Morgan ICTs for economic empowerment in South India.
S. Arun, R. Heeks, S. Morgan ICT initiatives, women and work.
S. Arun, TG. Arun, R. Heeks Trajectories of change: gendered technologies and perspectives.
S. Arun, R. Heeks, S. Morgan Improved livelihoods and empowerment for poor women through IT sector intervention.
S. Arun (2001). Does ownership of land make any difference: The case of Kerala, India. In: Gender Perspectives on Property and Inheritance. A Global source book. KIIT Publishers.,
S. Arun, S. Annim, T. Arun (2010). How can asset accumulation strategies be meaningful for adivasis in Southern India?.
R. Heeks, S. Arun, S. Morgan Researching ICT-based enterprise for women in developing countries: an enterprise perspective.
R. Heeks, S. Arun, S. Morgan Researching women's ICT-based enterprise for development: methods, tools and lessons from fieldwork.
S. Morgan, R. Heeks, S. Arun Researching ICT-based enterprise for women in developing countries: a gender perspective.
S. Arun, R. Heeks, S. Morgan Researching ICT-based enterprise for women in developing countries: a livelihoods perspective.
Funded Research Projects
-Global Girls (2015-2017)
-Global Migration (2016-2017)
-Global Transformations Network (2016)
Visiting Fellow, Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP), Patna,India (2013-)
Member of Editorial Board, International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology
-Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academcy (HEA)
-Global Studies Association (GSA)
-Membership Secretary, Global Studies Association (2008-2012)
-British Sociological Association (BSA)
-Development Studies Association (DSA)