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Research interests

My specialist areas are globalisation, international migration, diaspore and transnationalism, race and ethnic studies, nationalism, multiculturalism and the Sociology of Everyday Life. I draw on ethnographic and other qualitative research methods to explore structural and institutional factors underpinning questions of identity and social relations in everyday life. I also publish in the areas of Tamil studies and Tamil cinema.

My most recent research projects include: Temporary Skilled Migration to Australia, Everyday Diversity at Work, Race Relations and Racism in Singapore, Translocality and Tamil Migrants, Informal Sport, Inclusion and the Urban Diversity.

I teach the following units: Social Changes in Asia; Sport, Culture and Society and Sociology of Everyday Life.

I have successfully co-supervised the following PhD students:

Banu Senay - Beyond Turkey's Borders: Long-Distance Kemalism, State Politics and the Turkish Diaspora

Laavanya Kathiravelu - Destination Dubai: Migration and City Building in a Rapidly Developing City-State

Kristine Aquino - Racism and Resistance Among the Filipino Diaspora: Everyday Anti-Racism in Australia

Sudheesh Bhasi - Migration, Faith and Social Capital: An Ethnography of Sydney's Hindu Diaspora

Mitra Pariyar - Overseas Caste Among Military Migrants: The Migration and Settlement of Nepalese Gurkhas in Britain

Tran Nguyen Quy - Situating Encounter: Negotiating Cultural Diversity in the Australian Employment Services Providers

Emma Mitchell – Multiculture and Welfare: Diverse Economies of Responsibility and Vulnerability

Randa Abdel-Fattah – Islamophobia, Racial Australianisation and Everyday Multiculturalism


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Projects 2006 2017

New immigrants and racism in Singapore

Velayutham, S.


Project: Research

Everyday Diversity at Work

Velayutham, S., Wise, A., PhD Contribution (ARC), P. C. (. & MQRES 3 (International), M. 3.


Project: Research

Everyday Multiculturalism at Work

Wise, A., Velayutham, S. & Vogl, G.


Project: Research

Research Outputs 2001 2020

Middling Tamil migrants in Singapore and the translocal village

Velayutham, S., 2020, Routledge handbook of Indian transnationalism. Sahoo, A. K. & Purkayastha, B. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 227-237 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

social budget

Humour at work: conviviality through language play in Singapore's multicultural workplaces

Wise, A. & Velayutham, S., 21 May 2019, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Everyday inter-ethnic tensions and discomfort in a culturally diverse Australian workplace

Nguyen, T. & Velayutham, S., 2 Nov 2018, In : Social Identities. 24, 6, p. 779-794 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

cultural difference
employment service

Pushing casual sport to the margins threatens cities' social cohesion

Wise, A., Parry, K. D., Aquino, K., Neal, S. & Velayutham, S., 30 Apr 2018, The Conversation. Academic rigour, journalistic flair.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access

Street-level discretion, emotional labour and welfare frontline staff at the Australian employment service providers

Nguyen, T. & Velayutham, S., Jun 2018, In : Australian Journal of Social Issues. 53, 2, p. 158-172 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

employment service
service provider