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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. I am interested in exploring and theorising 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 was published in 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

Mukherjee, U. (2024) 'Towards a Relational Sociology of Boyhood: Unpacking the Interplay of Age and Generation', in Kaufman, G., Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, M., Roberts, S. and Ralph, B. (eds.) Research Handbook on the Sociology of Gender. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. ISBN 13: 978-1-80220-668-5.

Book chapter

Mukherjee, U. (2024) 'Race, Social Justice and Children’s Everyday Leisure Geographies', in Lawrence, S., Hill, J. and Mowatt, RA. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. Routledge. pp. 192 - 202. ISBN 13: 9781032485607.

Book chapter

Mukherjee, U. and Pradhan, A. (2023) '‘Let Us Hold Hands’: Lived Practices of Intimacy Among Gay Youth in Urban India'. Young, 30 (5). pp. 430 - 444. ISSN: 1103-3088 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mukherjee, U. (2023) 'Childhoods & Leisure Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Dialogues'. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 10: 3-031-33789-1 ISSN 13: 978-3-031-33788-8


Mukherjee, U. (2023) 'Introduction: When Leisure Studies Met Childhood Studies: Laying Grounds for Cross-Cultural and International Studies of Children’s Leisure', in Mukherjee, U. (ed.) Childhoods & Leisure . Leisure Studies in a Global Era. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1 - 31. ISBN 13: 9783031337888.

Book chapter
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