Dr Thomas Chambers

PhD, MSc, BA (First Class Hons)

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

School of Law and Social Sciences


Thomas Chambers is a Lecturer in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom. His research focuses on labour, migration, craftwork and Muslims in India. Thomas has publications in press with Modern Asian Studies on imagination and migration in India and the Gulf and a Special Issue contribution, again with Modern Asian Studies, on urban space, marginalisation and conviviality in India. Further material under review or in writing includes research on artisans, the socio-economic position of Indian Muslims, entrepreneurialism and neoliberalism. He is co-editing and contributing to a Special Issue on domestic labour in India for the Journal of South Asian Development and is co-founder of the Labour, Work, and Development Network.


Teaching and supervision


Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Precious Bayliss Captive Conservation: Factors influencing public perceptions and attitudes toward primate conservation, does “the tragedy of becoming common” apply to zoo settings? Active


I have a first-class honours degree in International Development from the University of Liverpool, a MSc in Cross-Cultural Research Methods and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex. My doctoral and ongoing research is focused on labour, migration, craftwork, and Islam in India and the Gulf. I also have publications in progress examining urban space, marginalisation and the socio-economic position of Indian Muslims. Additionally, I have emerging research interests focusing on the role of paperwork and other documents in constructing citizenship and forms of marginalisation in India. I have substantial teaching experience across a range of formats including seminars, lectures and dissertation supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. My research interests are broad ranging but primarily focus on provisional urban spaces in North India and the patterns of migration, sociality, and economy that emerge in these contexts.

Centres and institutes


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Male domestic-care workers in globalizing India (led by LSE) (01/02/2022 - 31/01/2023), funded by: British Academy, funding amount received by Brookes: £5,091


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