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Last updated: 18/05/09

Dr Leena Kumarappan

Position

Research Fellow

Qualifications

• PhD (Fisheries Resource Management) Bombay, India

• Masters in Fisheries Science, Bombay, India
• BSc BEd, Bhopal, India

Background/Career

After finishing her PhD Leena moved to the UK in 2005 and worked in the voluntary sector as a researcher on environmental issues, and as a teacher in community organisations. She also worked as part of a research team studying domestic violence in south Asian women, and as a research assistant on a project on ‘South Asian Media Cultures’ looking at how children interact with film and television. Leena joined WLRI in 2009 as a research fellow. Since then she has worked on issues around discrimination in the workplace, worker 'voice' and representation, rights of migrant workers. She is currently working as a Research Fellow on an ESRC-funded project 'Undocumented Migrants, Ethnic Enclaves and Networks: Opportunities, traps or class-based constructs.' (www.UndocNet.org) She is also currently involved in an seven-country EU project 'Challenging Racism at Work.' Some of the projects Leena was involved in in past include:
Influences of identity, community and social networks on ethnic minority representation at work (ESRC-funded), Migrant domestic worker employment rights (Nuffield Foundation funded)

 

 

Contact details

Dr Leena Kumarappan
Research Fellow 

Working Lives Research Institute
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
London Metropolitan University
TM1-66
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB 
www.workinglives.org
07580141258
Internal ext: 5156
Research Fellow

Working Lives Research Institute
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
London Metropolitan University
TM1-66
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB 

+44 (0)20 7133 5156

L.Kumarappan@londonmet.ac.uk 

 

Publications:

International refereed journals:

Holgate, J. Pollert, A. Keles, J. and Kumarappan, L. (2012) De-collectivisation and employment problems: the experiences of minority ethnic workers seeking help through Citizens Advice. Work, Employment and Society. 26 (5): 772-788.

Holgate, J. Keles, J. and Kumarappan, L. (2012) Visualising ‘community’: an experiment in participatory photography among Kurdish diasporic workers in London. The Sociological Review. 60 (2): 312-332.

Holgate, J., Keles, J., Pollert, A., and Kumarappan, L. (2012) Kurdish migrant workers in London: experiences from an ‘invisible’ community and the role of community organisations as support networks. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 38 (4): 595-612.

Holgate, J. Pollert, A., Keles, J. and Kumarappan, L. (2012) Union decline and voice among minority ethnic workers; do community support networks help fill the gap? Urban Studies. 49 (3): 613-630.

Holgate, J. Pollert, A and Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. (2011) Geographies of isolation: how workers (don’t) access support for problems at work. Antipode. 43 (4): 1078-1101.

Kumarappan, L. and Deshmukh, V.D. ( 2009) Age and growth of Jhinga prawn Metapenaeus affinis in Mumbai waters. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 56 (1)

Kumarappan, L. (2005) Training to teach in central India: A firsthand account. Changing English, 12 (2): 201-203.

Other publications:

Kumarappan, L. McKay, S. and Moore, S. (2012) The impact of austerity on UNISON members 2012. UNISON.

Clark, N. and Kumarappan, L. (2011) Turning a blind eye: the British state and migrant domestic workers’ employment rights. London: Working Lives Research Institute.

Ross, C. Kumarappan, L. Moore, S. and Wood, H. (2011) Learning Journeys – trade union learners in their own words. TUC.

Holgate, J. Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. Pollert, A. (2010) Help and Representation for Problems at Work: what has happened to support networks and advice centres? London: Working Lives Research Institute.

Kumarappan, L. and Moore, S. (2010) Union Modernisation Fund Round One: Self assessment follow-up. London: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Conference presentations:

Kumarappan, L. (2011) Ethnic minority representation at work. Paper presented for panel discussion ‘Cut in all ways: The impact on equality’ November 2011. The Women’s Library, London.

Kumarappan, L. and Clark, N. (2011) Just out of reach: Migrant domestic workers and enforcement of the national minimum wage. Paper presented to the British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference, London, July 2011.

Clark, N. and Kumarappan, L. (2011) Turning a blind eye: the British state and migrant domestic workers’ employment rights. May 2011. Working Lives Research Institute.

Clark, N. and Kumarappan, L. (2011) Migrant domestic workers: employment rights vs. immigration restrictions. ESRC Seminar series. Feb 2011 Keele University.

Holgate, J. Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. Pollert, A. (2010) Visual methods for exploring work, identities and belonging: The case of Kurdish workers in London. Paper presented at Work, Employment and Society Conference, 7–9 September 2010 Brighton.

Kumarappan, L. Holgate, J. Keles, J. (2010) "We have to put long hours so we can make a bit of money to survive" Long hours and low pay: Kurdish workers' stories in Hackney. Hackney Unites conference. June 2010.

Kumarappan, L. Keles, J. Holgate, J. Pollert, A. (2010) Minority ethnic groups: work and representation. TUC Race Relations Committee meeting. June 2010.

Keles, J. Kumarappan, L. Holgate, J. Pollert, A. (2010) Visualising ‘community’: an experiment in participatory photography among Kurdish diaspora in the UK. Paper presented at BSA Annual Conference, 7–9 April 2010 Glasgow University.

Kumarappan, L. Holgate, J. Keles, J. (2010) Photo exhibition “Images of working lives: South Asian workers in Ealing” Southall library.

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