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    Dr Sazana Jayadeva

    Murray Edwards College
    Huntingdon Road
    CB3 0DF

    Fellow in Sociology

    Human Social and Political Science (HSPS)



    PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
    MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis, University of Cambridge              

    Research Interests        

    • Education
    • Student Mobilities
    • Social class, social mobility, and inequality
    • Social Media
    • Language and language ideologies


    Sazana Jayadeva is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology. She is also a Fellow in Sociology and an undergraduate tutor at Murray Edwards College.

    Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey and UCL Institute of Education, where she worked on the ERC-funded ‘Eurostudents’ project, studying how the contemporary higher education student is constructed by different social actors in six European countries. Prior to this, she was awarded a Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship to carry out a research project on the role of social media in facilitating Indian student mobility to Germany. She conducted this research while based at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies in Hamburg (where she retains an affiliation as Associate Researcher).

    Sazana has an MPhil and PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research, funded by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, focused on the relationship between education, class, and the English language in post-liberalisation India.



    Brooks, R., Gupta, A., Jayadeva, S., Lainio, A. and Lazetic, P. (2022) Constructing the Higher Education Student: Perspectives from across Europe, Bristol, Policy Press.

    Journal Articles:

    Book chapters:

    • Jayadeva, S. and Thieme, S. (2022) “Building bridges: Narratives from and about educational consultants as mediators in transnational student mobility.” In Mobilities and Mobilisations: South Asian Universities as Transformative Social Spaces, edited by Thieme, S., Kölbel, A., and Pfaff-Czarnecka, J. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
    • Jayadeva, S. (2022, forthcoming) “Bad, Good, and Appropriate English: Negotiating English Proficiency in Bangalore, India.” In Hinglish: Language Use and Language Mixing in Contemporary India, edited by Orsini, F., and Ravikant. Orient Blackswan.
    • Brooks, R., Abrahams, J., Lazetic, P., Gupta, A. and Jayadeva, S. (2020) “Access to and Experiences of Higher Education across Europe: the Impact of Social Characteristics”, In The European Higher Education Area: Challenges for a New Decade, edited by Curaj, A., Deca, L. and Pricopie, R. Springer.

    Policy briefs, blog posts and media articles: