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As a scholar on migration and a postcolonial geographer, Parvati's research interests have focused on how the mobility of people, goods and ideas are reshaping our world, also earning her the RGS-IBG Murchison Award for publications contributing to the geographical understandings of mobility in 2016. Recently, she has examined the relationship between gender and skilled migration in the IT industry by comparing the UK and India, considering why the information technology sector in India has managed to both employ and retain women in highly-skilled roles, in contrast to many places including the UK.
Her co-authored works include Gender, Migration and Social Reproduction (Palgrave), The Practice of Cultural Studies (Sage), Gender and International Migration in Europe (Routledge) and co-edited South Asian Women in the Diaspora (Berg) and Tracing Indian Diaspora: Contexts, Memories, Representations (Sage). She has written for policy audiences having co-authored research papers for a number of think-tanks. She co-edits the journal South Asian Diaspora with the Centre for Study of Diaspora, Hyderabad and the Palgrave Pivot series Mobility and Politics with Martin Geiger and William Walters both at Ottawa. See her complete list of publications.