Devika Narayan

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I am an incoming Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Bristol. My position is split between the Bristol Digital Futures Institute and School of Management (Work, Employment, Organization, and Public Policy Group). 

 

I recently was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford where I co-led a research project on the digital transformation of work. 

I hold a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. At Minnesota, I was a Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and a Resident at the Charles Babbage Institute, a center for computing history. Here is a brief profile by the University of Minnesota's Graduate School. 

As an interdisciplinary sociologist, I study the changing structure of markets, new digital platforms, and the emergent workplace structures that shape contemporary capitalism. I am particularly interested in managerial practices and workplace transformations in the business-facing software sector.  Currently, I investigate the technological, organizational, and workplace shifts catalyzed by the rise of cloud computing platforms. 

I also have a keen interest in financialization and speculative capital. I have been a researcher with an NSF - funded collaborative project. A part of the team, I examined how global private equity alters local real estate practices and introduces new speculative logics in global south economies. 

My research has been published by EPA: Economy and Space, Work, Employment & Societythe International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), Water International, and Economic and Political Weekly. I have a forthcoming article in New Media & Society.

 

Many of these papers have received awards from the American Sociological Association and other organizations. Most recently, an article I co-authored won the IJURR Best Paper Award 2021 and a Best Article Award from the American Sociological Association (Sociology of Development Section).

 

As a teacher, I emphasize critical and creative thinking, helping students make sense of a perplexing and unequal social world. I look forward to continuing to mentor students and teach courses that draw from social theory and economic sociology. 

I have an M.Phil. and M.A (Sociology) from the Delhi School of Economics and a B.A. (Sociology) from St. Xavier's College, Bombay.