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Dr Rohini Rai
Lecturer in Sociology of Race

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I am a sociologist of race & ethnicity, and am a Lecturer in the Sociology of Race at the Department of Social and Political Sciences in Brunel.

My areas of research and teaching interest include 'race', ethnicity and racialization; global racisms; postcolonial and decolonial theories; Global South urbanisms; and the Himalaya and North East India.

I completed my PhD from the University of Manchester in 2019. My PhD thesis titled, 'Northeastern Delhi: 'Race', space and identity in a postcolonial, globalising city' explores and examines racialization and racism in contemporary India, in relation to ethnic and indigenous minorities who are migrants from India's Northeastern and Himalayan borderlands in the city of Delhi.

Prior to joining Brunel in December 2021, I was a Research Associate at the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), University of Manchester, of which I am still an associate member. At CoDE, I was a part of an ESRC-funded research project exploring ethnic inequalties in UK Higher Education, where my research particularly focussed on the current 'Decolonial turn' in the disciplines of British history and geography.

I welcome supervising/tutoring students who are interested in similar topics.


  • PhD (Sociology)- University of Manchester - 2019.
  • MA (Sociology)- University of Manchester - 2015.
  • BA (Hons) Sociology- Miranda House, University of Delhi - 2014.


Work Placement for Sociology and Communications

Newest selected publications

Rai, R. and Campion, K. (2022) 'Decoding “decoloniality” in the academy: tensions and challenges in “decolonising” as a “new” language and praxis in British history and geography'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 45 (16). pp. 478 - 500. ISSN: 0141-9870 Open Access Link

Journal article

Rai, R. (2020) 'Beyond the language of colour, through the lens of 'race'', in Ibrahima, D. (ed.) Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism Against Africans and Siddhis in India. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 57 - 78. ISBN 10: 1-5275-4169-X. ISBN 13: 978-1-5275-4169-6. Open Access Link

Book chapter
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