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Dr Demelza Jones 

Lecturer in Sociology 

Demelza Jones

I joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Sociology in 2013. My research interests include international migration, diaspora, transnationalism and ethnic identifications. My PhD (completed at the University of Bristol’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies) explored the everyday identifications experienced by Tamil migrants in the UK through qualitative research with Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Singapore in the Midlands and South West of England. I convene the Tamils in Europe Research Network.

  • PhD Sociology, University of Bristol (2013)
  • Master of Science in Social Science Research Methods, University of Bristol (2009)
  • Master of Arts in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights, University of Nottingham (2007)
  • BA (Hons) English and Drama, University of Birmingham (2005) 

 

  • LK1011 Becoming a Social Scientist
  • LK1009 Understanding Social Divisions A
  • LK1010 Understanding Social Divisions B
  • LK2004 Global Society
  • LK2008 Race and Racisms
  • LK3001 Dissertation

  • ‘Making sacred space in a superdiverse Hindu diaspora’. Superdiversity: Theory, Method and Practice in an Era of Change. 23-25 June 2014, University of Birmingham

  • ‘Negotiating cosmopolitan ambitions: The everyday social lives of South Indian student and young professional migrants in the UK’. International Workshop on Transnational Migration and Global Work. 6-7 March 2014, University of Stockholm

  • ‘Diversity and ‘diaspora’: Everyday identifications of Tamil migrants in the UK’. Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association. 23-25 April 2014, University of Leeds

  • ‘Continuity and change in the Hindu practice of Tamil migrants in the Midlands and South West of England’. Bi-annual Conference of the European Sociological Association’s Research Group on the Sociology of Religion. 3-5 September 2012, University of Potsdam
  • ‘Everyday identifications of Tamil migrants of diverse state origins in the UK’. Annual International Conference of the Institute of British Geographers. 3- 5 July 2012, Edinburgh University
  • ‘Cosmopolitans and cliques: The ethnic and counter-ethnic attachments of Tamil student and young professional migrants in the UK’. Highly Skilled Migration in the 21st Century: International Conference. 24-25 May 2012, Middlesex University
  • ‘Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India and discourses of return migration’. Annual International Conference of the Institute of British Geographers. 31 August – 2 September 2011. Royal Geographic Society, London
  • ‘Sub-state nationalism and kin-state politics: Impacts upon Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu’. Contemporary Conflict: Connections Postgraduate Conference. 13 September 2010, University of Bristol
  • ‘Our kith and kin’: Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the ethno-political discourse of Indian Tamil regionalist parties’. Meeting of the South Asian Anthropologists Group, 3-4 September 2010, University of Oxford
  • ‘Ethno-politics and refugee reception in India: Sri Lankan Tamils in Tamil Nadu and the Chakma in Tripura’. Ethno-politics in a Globalised Word: International Conference. 27-30 June 2010, University of Exeter

 

Room: NW914A
Phone: 0121 204 4336
Email: d.jones4@aston.ac.uk
Fax: 0121 204 4336
Office Hours: 

Monday 10:00 – 12:00
Friday 11:00 - 1:00