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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Mr Ayushman Bhagat, PGDRD

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Room number: W601

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Ayushman Bhagat is a development professional from India who brings with him a unique blend of experience of working with grassroots organisations, government agencies, trade unions, social sector consulting agencies and a specialised United Nation agency (International Labour Organisation).

Currently, he is exploring how mobility governance in pre – and post – disaster situation disables/enables mobility of people in a human trafficking prone area of south Asia through a Participatory Action Research as a Ph.D. candidate (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation) in the department of Geography (and Law).



RAs, Teaching and Demonstrations

Ayushman worked as a Research Assistant in the project 'Globalised Production of Goods'. This research project is part of a wider network of universities and organisations called 'Demand Side Measures against Trafficking (DemandAT)' funded by the European Union. He was also involved in the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funded project Policy Brief Launch: Four Principles for Addressing Trafficking, Forced Labour and Slavery in Supply Chains’ where he did the evaluation of the EU funded project previously implemented by the department. Currently, he is involved in an anti-trafficking research project.

Demonstration (2016/17)

Level 1: Introduction to Geographical Research

Level 2. Geographies of Development 

Research Interests

TFL&S –Trafficking, Forced Labour and Slavery; Mobilities and Migration; Human Development and Capability Approach; Labour Regulations; Governance; Social Justice; Participatory Action Research; Gender


Ayushman is a part of the ESRC Strategic Network on “Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global Dialogue/Local Innovation”. It is a global impact oriented network of researchers and policy-makers interested in effective regulation of low-waged and insecure work. He was also an active member of “Solution Exchange: Work and Employment Community” a unique initiative by United Nations that used to provide an impartial platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas among development professionals. He is also an associate member of Britain-Nepal Academic Council.

Apart from that, he assist several grassroot organisations working against human trafficking in south Asian countries, and also take part in several policy/practice oriented research/programmes meetings. 

He has also reviewed several articles for the ‘mobilities’ – a peer reviewed international journal which seeks to address major topical issues related to movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world and to foster scholarly debate around the ‘mobility’ turn.