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Dr Shamser Sinha

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Youth Studies

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Dr Shamser Sinha


PhD in Sociology (2000) and Master in Social Research Methods from Manchester University (1997)

Career Overview

Shamser was previously employed at Goldsmiths College as a researcher on the EU Margins project studying the experiences of young migrants in Europe. He has also researched at the University of East London, London South Bank University, City University, Sheffield University and Manchester University. Previous teaching experience includes a range of courses in Sociology and Health and Social Care at the University of East London, London South Bank University and Manchester University. Other roles include Co-Convenor of the British Sociological Association Race and Ethnicity Study Group.

Research Interests

Shamser has researched and published on youth, separated and unaccompanied young asylum seekers and refugees, racism, post-colonialism, health and social care and teenage sexuality.

He completed his Phd in 2001 focussing on identity construction and economic restructuring with Turks in Essen and Pakistanis in Greater Manchester. Shamser is currently under contract with his co-author to write a book for Routledge entitled Migrant City based on three years critical ethnographic fieldwork with 30 young migrants to London.


Les Back and Shamser Sinha (2018) Migrant City, London, Routledge

Refereed Journal Articles

Back, Les and Sinha, Shamser  2016) Multicultural Conviviality in the Midst of Racism's Ruins.Journal of Intercultural Studies, 37(5), pp. 517-532.

Vicki Harman and Shamser Sinha (2014) Moving Racisms, Shifting Targets; Comparing racism experienced by mothers of mixed-parentage children with racism experienced by young people seeking sanctuary in Britain, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 21:5, 498-515|

Sinha, Shamser and Back, Les ( 2014)  Making methods sociable: dialogue, ethics and authorship in qualitative research. Journal of Qualitative Research, 14(4), pp. 473-487. ISSN 1468-7941

L.Back and S.Sinha with C. Bryan (2012) New Hierarchies of Belonging, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 15, 2, 139-154

T.Magecha, S. Sinha and A.Sutton (2012) Young People and Relations of Power, Forced Migration Review, 40, 30-31

A.Jayakody, S.Sinha and K.Tyler (2011) Early Sexual Risk Among Black and Minority Ethnicity Teenagers: A Mixed Methods Study, Journal of Adolescent Health, 8, 5, 499-506

S.Sinha and S.Uppal (2009) Lesser youth?: particular universalisms and young separated migrants in East London, Journal of Youth Studies, 2, 3, 257-273

S.Sinha (2008) Seeking Sanctuary: exploring the changing postcolonial and racialised politics of belonging in East London. Sociological Research Online.|

S.Sinha, S.Uppal and A.Pryce, (2008) I had to cry : exploring sexual health with young separated asylum seekers in East London, Diversity in Health and Social Care, 5, 101-111

S.Sinha, K.Curtis, A.Jayakody, R.Viner, H.Roberts (2007) People Make Assumptions About Our Communities : Sexual Health Amongst Teenagers from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in East London, Ethnicity and Health, 12 , 5, 423-441

S.Sinha, K.Curtis, A.Jayakody, R.Viner, H.Roberts (2006) Family and Peer Networks in Intimate and Sexual Relationships Amongst Teenagers in a Multicultural Area of East London, Sociological Research Online, 11, 1,|  

Other Articles

L.Back and S.Sinha, Missed Connections, New Humanist, Autumn 2018, 2018.

Les Back and Shamser Sinha  Stealing a dream: young migrants living through anti-immigrant times, Open Democracy,, 8th August 2018.

S.Sinha and L.Back, Of Method and Freedom: How to re-shape the restrictive dynamic between researcher and participant.|, October 14, 2013

L.Back and S. Sinha, Stop Press! You ve got a text from UKBA: Technologies of Control and Connection, Discover Society|

L.Back and S.Sinha Go Home vans defeated ....Open Democracy|, 6th November 2013

L.Back and S.Sinha 'Go Home' texts expose anti-migrant British policy to the world, Open Democracy| 26th October 2013

S.Sinha and L.Back, Building Home, Street Signs, Autumn 2010

S.Sinha, Immigration and the Politics of Resentment, Open Democracy| 10th November 2008

S.Sinha, Save our Children, Red Pepper November 2007

Book Chapters

S.Sinha, R.Burr and A.Sutton, (2014) Working with Young Separated Asylum Seekers in C.Cocker and T.Halford-Letchfield (eds) Rethinking Anti-Discriminatory and Anti-Oppressive Theories for Social Work Practice, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 60-74

L. Back and S.Sinha (2012) Migration and the Terms of Inclusion (ed) K.Fangen Youth,Migration, Exclusion and Belonging in Europe, Palgrave MacMillan, 54-86

L.Back and S.Sinha (2010) The UK: Imperial Spectres, New Migrations and the State of Permanent Emergency in (eds) K.Fangen, A. Mossan and F. Mohn, Inclusionand Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe: Barriers and Bridges, Surrey, Ashgate, 51-80

S.Sinha (2007) Whoever names you has the powerto tame you: how the language of the begging bowl impoverishes Africa in Zia A (eds) Home Truths: Cultures, leadershipand development from an African perspective, Mombassa and Nairobi, British Council, 17-32 Edited collections in Journal Special Issues

M.Farrar and S.Sinha, (eds) (2008) The East End of London New Research on Racism and Multiculturalism, Sociological Research Online|


S.Sinha et al (2017) Young People and Progression in Rural Suffolk, Suffolk, Seckford Foundation,

S.Sinha et al (2017) Executive Summary: Young People and Progression in Rural Suffolk, Suffolk, Seckford Foundation

L.Back and S.Sinha (2011) What are the impacts of restrictions on participation in the labour market and civic life on young migrants? (COMPAS) ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society

S.Sinha and L.Back (2011) A door to the future?: the consequences for young migrants of immigration and welfare policy. London, Goldsmiths College

S.Sinha (September 2008) Safeguarding the sexual health of Young Separated Migrants. NSPCC Inform Briefing. London, NSPCC

S. Sinha, S. Uppal and A. Pryce (2006) Exploring sexual health needs amongst unaccompanied asylum-seekers in Hackney, Hackney Children and Young People's Service|  

S. Sinha, K. Curtis, A. Jayakody, R. Viner, H. Roberts (2005) Starting sex in East London: protective and risk factors for starting to have sex amongst Black and Minority Ethnic young people in East London, Department of Health and DFES

A.Jayakody, S.Sinha, K.Curtis, H.Roberts and R.Viner (2005) Culture, identity, religion and sexual behaviour among Black and Minority Ethnic teenagers in East London, Department of Health and DFES

K. Curtis, S. Sinha, A Jayakody, R. Viner and H. Roberts (2005) Contraception and unsafe sex in East London teenagers: protective and risk factors for use of contraception among black and minority ethnic young people in East London, Department of Health and DFES|  

A.Jayakody, S.Sinha, K.Curtis, H.Roberts and R.Viner (2005) Smoking, drinking, drug use, mental health and sexual behaviour in young people in East London, Department of Health and DFES|  


New hierarchies of belonging, Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS, University of London -  November 2014|