Yasmin Gunaratnam
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Biographical details

Yasmin is a sociologist interested in how different types of inequality and injustice are produced, lived with and remade and how these processes create new forms of local and global inclusion and dispossession. Before she came to Kings in September 2021, she taught in the Sociology department at Goldsmiths and was co-director of the Centre for Feminist Research. Yasmin is also a yoga teacher, exploring contemplative social justice and embodied pedagogies.

Research interests

Yasmin's research is broadly based in medical humanities, feminist, critical race and crip theory, and migration and border studies. Collaborative working and knowledge exchange are vital themes across her work. Her research includes an early ethnographic study of dying migrants in a London hospice (1999); a study using narrative interviews and psychoanalytic infant observation to better understand identity transition among first-time mothers in a multicultural East London borough (2008); a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship investigating social pain and transnational dying (2013), and ongoing studies on decolonising gender inequalities (“Global Grace”) and hospitality and migration (“Cartographies of Diaspora”). Yasmin is always trying to find new methods and opportunities to bring into closer dialogue the worlds of theory, policy and practice. The interrelations between these worlds can be seen in Yasmin's co-edited collection ‘Narrative and Stories in Health Care’ (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was shortlisted and ‘Highly Commended’ in the British Medical Association Book Awards 2010 and in ‘Go Home: The Politics of Immigration Controversy’ (Manchester University Press, 2017). Yasmin is an editor of the journal Feminist Review and former curator of the academic pages of Media Diversified. She has held visiting positions at Southampton, Warwick and Gothenburg Universities. In 2020 she was awarded a fellowship at Stias (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies) in Cape Town.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, Doctor of Social Science, Researching Race and Ethnicity: An ethnography of hospice staff and service users, London School of Economics and Political ScienceEuropean Institute London UK

1 Oct 199520 May 1999

Award Date: 19 May 1999


  • HM Sociology
  • Feminist Theory
  • race/ racialisation
  • Disability
  • Death and Dying
  • migration
  • Critical Theory


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