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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Mr Ayushman Bhagat

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

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Ayushman Bhagat is a development geographer 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 trying to explore how mobility governance in pre – and post – disaster (dis)enables mobility of migrant women through Participatory Action Research(PAR) situation in a human trafficking prone area of south Asia as a Ph.D. candidate (funded by the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation) in the department of Geography (and Law).



Current research

Title: Exploring pre- and post – disaster mobility governance of migrant women in a trafficking prone area of south Asia.


- To build an understanding of several risks and opportunities in relation to pre- and post- disaster (im)mobilities of women in a human trafficking prone area.

 - To understand how mobility governance of women in this area changes in the context of disasters.

 - To understand how narratives of human trafficking play a role in mobility governance in relation to the above. 

RAs, Teaching and Demonstrations

Research Assistant:

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 is currently a Research Assistant under the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funded project Policy Brief Launch: Four Principles for Addressing Trafficking, Forced Labour and Slavery in Supply Chains’.

Demonstration (2016/17)

Level 1: Introduction to Geographical Research

Level 2. Geographies of Development 


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 has also peer reviewed articles for the ‘mobilities’ journal.

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