Dr Roderick Galam

BSEd, MA, PgDip, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

School of Law and Social Sciences


I joined Brookes in September 2018. Prior to this, I worked at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. I have been a visiting fellow or scholar at Oxford University, Sheffield University, University of Bath, University of Hawaii Manoa, and Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • U26102 Foundations of Social Theory (Module Lead)
  • U26152 Sociology of Work (Module Lead)
  • U26174 Sociology of Migration (Module Lead)
  • U26180 Theorising Society (Module Lead)


My research engages two broad themes. The first focuses on the intersections among gender, family and migration and examines:

  • International labour migration and subjectification especially among women who stay behind
  • exploitation, young men and seafaring labour in the global maritime industry
  • social adulthood, intergenerational contract and international labour migration
  • youth unemployment, education-to-work transition and seafaring labour

 The second theme focuses on social memory and authoritarian regimes. My work has examined:

  • narrative and the politics of remembering/forgetting the Marcos military regime
  • writers, ethnicity and collaboration

Research grants and awards

1. Cartographies of Emotional Othering: A Scoping Study for Research on Migration and Emotion 

   Freie Universitaet Berlin Research Alumni Program

    2,900 euros

2. Working for Work: Temporality, Unemployment, and Young Filipino Men’s Navigation of Uncertain Futures

    Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/German Research Council (DFG)

    279,550 euros

3. Precarity and Biography: Filipino Seafarers and their Families in a Globalized Maritime Industry

    Postdoctoral International Fellowship, FU Berlin (funding from Marie Curie Foundation and Deutsche   

    Forschungsgemeinschaft/German Research Council (DFG))

    140,000 euros

4. Children of Migration: Left-Behind Children, International Labour Migration and Children’s/Youth Literature

    International Youth Library, Munich (funding from German Foreign Ministry)

    3,600 euros

5. Gender, Subjectivity, and Agency of Filipino Seamen’s Wives

    Cardiff University, UK (full PhD scholarship from Nippon Foundation)

    85,000 sterling pounds

Research projects

  • Cartographies of Emotional Othering: A Scoping Study for Research on Migration and Emotion
  • From Healthcare Worker to Healthcare Organisation Executive


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • European Sociological Association
  • Research Networks: Sociology of Migration; Sociology of Families and Intimate
  • Lives; Sociology of Emotions; Sociology of Youth and Generation
  • British Sociological Association
  • Association of Southeast Asian Studies UK


Conference Presentations

  • ‘Working for Work: Unemployment, Seafaring, and Young Filipino Men Securing Their Future through Servitude.’ Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Colloquium “Moving Forward – The UK-German Research Network in a Changing World.” Oxford University. 15-17 March 2018.
  • ‘Open Secret: The Exploitation of Young Filipino Men Aspiring to be Seafarers and Its Enabling Conditions and Structures’. XXIV Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) World Congress. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 1-7 October 2017. (invited)
  • ‘Utility Manning: Manufacturing Docility and the Moral Economy of Servitude.’ International Christian Maritime Association. Manila. 27 September 2016. (invited) 

Invited Presentations: Lecture Series

  • ‘Utility Manning: Young Filipino Men, Servitude and the Moral Economy of Becoming a Seafarer and Attaining Adulthood.’ Gender Lecture Series, Margherita von Brentano Centre for Gender Research. Free University of Berlin. 8 February 2018.  
  • ‘An Exercise in Futurity: Servitude, Uncertainty, and Unemployed Young Men in the Philippines’. Care/Work Lecture Series. Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University of Berlin. 13 June 2017.
  • Kasla Agrekrekkang a Daga Masapulna ti Tudo: Gossip and the Surveillance of Filipino Seafarer Wives’ Morality and Mobility’. Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines. November 2016.
  • Isu Pay and Moral Rationality: Male Emigration and the Employment of Women Who Stay.’ Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines. November 2016.
  • ‘Utility Manning, Servitude and Imagination.’ University of Lucerne Department of Anthropology Lecture Series. 16 April 2016.
  • ‘Temporality, Unemployment and Young Filipino Men Navigating Uncertain Futures’. Lecture. Sheffield Institute of International Development and Department of Geography Lecture Series. University of Sheffield. 26 February 2015. 

Other Presentations

  • ‘Becoming a Seafarer: The Hopes and Tribulations of “Utility Men”.’  Hamburg Seaman’s Mission. Hamburg, Germany. 11 April 2018.
  • ‘The Political Economy of Servitude: Aspiring Seafarers and Unpaid Work in Manning Agencies in the Philippines.’ International Migration Institute Research Presentation. Oxford University. April 2017.
  • ‘Working for Work: Temporality, Unemployment and Male Filipino Youths’ Navigation of the Future’. University of Bath Department of Policy and Social Sciences Lecture Series. March 2016.
  • Manila’s ‘Utility Men’: Agency and Social Adulthood through Servility? Paper presented at Gender and Generational Transformations in Southeast Asia. University of Copenhagen 16 April 2015.
  • ‘Utility Men, Servitude and Youth Unemployment in the Philippines’. University of Hawaii Manoa. 18 March 2015.


Areas of expertise

My research expertise is in the sociology of migration, family, gender, and youth. I also have research interest in narrative and social memory which I am developing further to include a sociological component.

I have a developing research interest in the sociology of emotion.

Further details

Press, publicity and reviews


Other experience

  • 2015-2018 Research Associate / Principal Investigator, Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • 2013-2015 Postdoctoral International (POINT) Fellow, Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • 2001-2005 Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman