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 broad intersection of work and technology studies, economic and urban geography, labour and development studies. For his PhD, Aditya conducted an immersive ethnographic case study research on working lives of new servies workers in 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 in India's 'impact-sourcing' centres, collaborating with key industry partners and experts there.
Identity, Inclusion and Exclusion in the Digital Economy; 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; Ethnography; Methodological Innovations in Research; Positionality and Ethics in Research Practice
Aditya has a keen interest in teaching.
Aditya is currently an external supervisor for the MA Digital Media and Society Programme at the School of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
He has previously contributed to the organisation and evaluation of several undergraduate modules in School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London, including those dealing with Research Methods and Practice, Economic Geography, Global Development, Reinventing Britain and Geography in the World. He has also assisted undegraduate field-visits and deliveres lectures on invitation.
Ray, A. (2020). Judith Bessant, The Great Transformation: History for a Techno-Human Future. Competition & Change. https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529420905276
Ray, A. (2020). Book Review: Enda Brophy, Language Put to Work: The Making of the Global Call Centre Workforce. Work, Employment and Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017020913226
Ray, A. (2019). Unrest in India’s Gig Economy: Ola-Uber Drivers’ Strikes and Worker Organisation. Futures of Work. Volume 10 [online] Available at: https://futuresofwork.co.uk/2019/12/09/unrest-in-indias-gig-economy-ola-uber-drivers-strikes-and-worker-organisation/
ESRC Postdoc Fellowship - https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FT009233%2F1
Understanding and Addressing India's Employment and Migrant Crisis in the Post-Covid Context. Interview Discussion with Prof Amit Basole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKpSXafYAFw&feature=emb_logo
Recent Workshops and Conference Presentations
• August 2020 (Postponed by 1 year): Organiser and Presenter for Paper Session ‘Labour, Work-Life and the Urban’, RGS-IBG 2020 Conference, London.
• July 2020 (Postponed) 10th Summer Institute in Economic Geography, Montreal Canada
• June 2020 (Postponed): ‘Emerging Youth Subjectivities in Digital India’, The Royal Anthropological Institute and RGS. Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future Conference, London, UK
• April 2020: (Postponed by 1 Year) Co-Organiser and Chair for Paper Session ‘Doing labour geography beyond the core' at the AAG, sponsored by the Economic Geography and Asian Geographies Research Group, Denver, USA
• September 2019: Exploring Associated Infrastructures of India’s IT-oriented Services Economy at RC-21 Sociology of Urban & Regional Development Conference, Delhi, India
• August 2019: Extending ‘hybrid’ economic/development geographies from the Global South at RGS -IBG Conference, London, UK
• June 2019:Re-Conceptualising Precarity from below: Labour Market Uncertainties and Work-Life Strategies of Domestic-Facing Call Centre Workers The Society for Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Conference, The New School of Social Research, New York, USA
• March 2019: Gendered Working-Lives in India’s New Services, Gender and Working Lives Symposium, funded by the British Sociological Association, University of Cambridge, UK
• August 2018: Navigating New Precarities: Labour Geographies of Lower-Middle Class Domestic-BPO Agents in an Emerging Metropolis at the RGS-IBG Conference, Cardiff, UK
• April 2018: Experiences of Employment, Training and Career-Building amongst Lower-Middle Class Youth in Pune’s Domestic-BPO Firms, The Annual American Associations of Geographers Conference in New Orleans, USA