Aditya Ray is currently an ESRC funded postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences (FASS). He holds a PhD in Geography from Queen Mary University of London and Master's degrees in Development Studies and German Studies.
Aditya's research interests lie at the intersection of critical urban, economic and development geography. For his PhD, Aditya conducted an immersive ethnographic case study research examining ordinary work-life strategies, professional identity construction, labour-market mobility and progression amongst workers employed by domestic-facing IT-enabled business process outsourcing (BPO) firms located in Pune (India).
As the ESRC research fellow of the Grand Union DTP (aligned to UK government's industrial strategy), Aditya is extending his PhD research work through publications, research communication and impact development activities in the UK, North America and India. Alongside above engagements, Aditya is conducting a preliminary research study on labour in India's 'impact-sourcing' centres, collaborating with key industry partners and experts there. He also endeavours to bring together scholars to conceptualise more hybrid, cross-disciplinary and pluralist theorisations of labour agency by moving beyond some of the conventional analytical and spatial 'cores' of (human) geographical research.
Identity, Inclusion and Exclusion in the Digital Age; Hybrid Labour Geographies of the Global South; Notions of Professionalism and its Subjective Purchase in the New Economy; Social Infrastructures of IT-oriented Development beyond Megacity Fringes; Intersectional, Postcolonial, and Heterodox Critiques of Classical Approaches to Modernisation and Development; Hybrid Knowledge Production, Methodological Innovations, Positionality and Ethics in Geography
Aditya has a keen interest in teaching. He has contributed to the organisation and evaluation of several undergraduate modules at Queen Mary University of London, including those dealing with Geographical Research Methods and Practice, Economic Geography, Global Development, Reinventing Britain and Geography in the World. He has also assisted undegraduate field-visits and delivered lectures on invitation.
Aditya is the member of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and its different speciality groups. He is the member of the American Association of Geographers (AAG).
Aditya is also an affiliate member of the Centre on Labour and Global Production at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).