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Migration and Development; South Asian Diasporas and Transnationalism; Caste; Punjab; Kerala; Climate Action and Adaption in South Asia

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Steve Taylor is a Professor of International Development and Sociology within the Centre for Global Development at Northumbria University and also a Visiting Professor within the South Asia Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Steve has research expertise, and has published, within the areas of south asian migration, transnationalism and diasporas; caste inequalities; agrarian change and Dalit social movements in India; climate action and adaption in south asia; and emotional labour. His recent work focuses upon India, in particular the states of Punjab and Kerala. He has been a Visiting Professor at Panjab University, Chandigarh and at both the Centre for Development Studies and the International Institute for Migration and Development in Kerala. Steve was recently Principal Investigator on a British Academy funded project titled International Migration and Inclusive Development in India and he is currently working on a project examining south asian diasporic engagement in climate action and climate adaption within India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He has served on the editorial boards of international peer-reviewed journals such as SociologySociological Research Online, Migration and Development and Contemporary Voice of Dalit, as well as undertaking major roles within professional associations including Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the British Sociological Association. Steve previously taught at the universities of Durham, Nottingham Trent, Teesside and Salford before arriving at Northumbria in 2009. He has then undertaken a number of academic leadership roles at Northumbria, including Head of Department and Associate Dean (Arts, Design and Social Sciences), Research Director (Social Sciences) and REF 2021 UOA Lead (UOA 20 - Social Policy).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology and Social Policy, PhD, Durham University

1 Oct 199230 Jun 1996

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996

Sociology, MA, University of Warwick

1 Sept 19902 Sept 1991

Award Date: 2 Sept 1991

Communication Studies, BA (Hons)

1 Oct 198630 Jun 1989

Award Date: 30 Jun 1989

Research Group keywords

  • Centre for Global Development


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