Selvaraj Velayutham

Associate Professor

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My research areas are in race and ethnic relations, multiculturalism, migrant lives and 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

Lee Wooi Han - 'I ain't bad': The Experiences of Rural Migrant Sex Workers in Surabaya City

Phillipa Bellemore - Refugee mentoring and settlement in Australia



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