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Dr Utsa Mukherjee
Lecturer in Education


I am a Lecturer in Education at Brunel University London. Prior to joining Brunel, I held various academic positions at University of Southampton, Birkbeck University of London and University of Roehampton. 

My research spans the disciplines of Sociology and Human Geography, with inter-connected research interests in the study of childhood and youth, social inequality, leisure and migration. My work across these thematic areas is guided by a commitment to social justice and an abiding interest in unravelling the way social inequalities are reproduced across time and place, and the way structural inequalities mediate the lived experiences of minoritized subjects (such as racialised minority children in the UK and sexual minority youth in India). My first monograph Race, Class, Parenting and Children’s Leisure is currently in press and will be published in February 2023 by Bristol University Press. 

I am the Associate Editor of two peer-reviewed international journals: Journal of Family Studies and Schole: A Journal for Recreation & Leisure Studies Education. I am also the Book Review Co-editor for the journal Children & SocietyI am a editorial board member of the following peer-reviewed journals: 

  • British Journal of Sociology
  • Sociology Compass
  • Children & Society
  • Leisure Studies
  • World Leisure Journal

I am involved with a number of professional associations. I sit on the executive committee of Leisure Studies Association and I am currently an executive committee member cum Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Officer of the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers). Within Brunel, I am a member of the Education, Identities and Society (EIS) research group within the Department of Education as well of the pan-university Centre for Global Lives and Centre for Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifecourse (CHWL).


PhD Sociology (Royal Holloway, University of London)

BA English (Major) with Sociology and History (Presidency University Kolkata, India)

Newest selected publications

Ali, Z. and Mukherjee, U. (2022) '“We are not equal citizens in any respect”: citizenship education and the routinization of violence in the everyday lives of religious minority youth in Pakistan'. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 0 (in press). pp. 246 - 258. ISSN: 1559-5692 Open Access Link

Journal article

Barn, R., Sandhu, D. and Mukherjee, U. (2022) 'Re-imaging everyday routines and educational aspirations under COVID-19 lockdown: Narratives of urban middle-class children in Punjab, India'. Children and Society: the international journal of childhood and children's services. ISSN: 0951-0605 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mukherjee, U. (2022) '“Only so that my daughter gets exposure to the culture”: Ethnic leisure practices and intangible cultural heritage in British Indian diasporic families'. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure, 0 (In Press). pp. 1 - 16. ISSN: 0705-3436 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mukherjee, U., Pradhan, A. and Barn, R. (2021) 'Coming of Age in the Diaspora: Bollywood and the Representation of Second Generation British Indian Diaspora'. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9 (2). pp. 114 - 146. ISSN: 2159-2411 Open Access Link

Journal article
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