Yasmin Gunaratnam joined the Department in 2008. She gained her doctorate and undergraduate degrees from the London School of Economics and her Masters at Royal Holloway. She has authored two books, 'Researching Race and Ethnicity: methods, knowledge and power' (Sage, 2003) and ‘Death and the Migrant’ (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). She is one of the co-authors of ‘Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies’ (Manchester University Press, 2017). Yasmin has edited seven collections including ‘A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger’ (Zed Books, 2016). She is on the editorial collectives of Feminist Review and Media Diversified and is a published poet. She is co-director, with Professor Lisa Blackman (Media and Communications), of the Centre for Feminist Research and is a member of the Advisory Groups for Goldsmiths Press and the Environmental Humanities Collaborative (Linköping University).
Yasmin’s academic writing has been published in Body and Society, Dark Matter, European Journal of Women’s Studies, European Journal of Social Theory, Mortality, Sociological Review, Subjectivity, The Lancet, Qualitative Social Work, and Poem. She has also written for The Independent, The Guardian, Open Democracy, The Conversation and Red Pepper.
Yasmin has taught across all levels of the undergraduate curriculum and has expertise in culture and representation, post/de-colonial, disability, critical migration and feminist theory and social research methods. She has convened ‘Researching Society and Culture’ and the ‘Sociology of Visuality’. She convenes ‘Culture, Representation and Difference’ and co-convenes the BA Media and Sociology Programme with Liz Moor (Media and Communications) and its core module, ‘Media and the Social’. She has been the departmental undergraduate admissions tutor, Acting Director of Teaching and Learning and admissions tutor for the MA Gender, Media and Culture.
At Masters level, Yasmin convened the MA Gender, Media and Culture between 2010-12, teaching on the core module Introduction to Feminist Theory and convening and teaching on the Body and Affect module. She is part of the course team for the new MA Race, Media and Social Justice.
Yasmin was awarded the Titmuss Prize in 1999 for the best PhD in the Department of Social Policy and Administration, London School of Economics.
She received a Peake Award for teaching in 2010 (awarded by Goldsmiths for excellence in teaching).
In 2016, Yasmin received the first Goldsmiths Student Led Teaching Award for ‘Compelling or Diverse Curriculum Content’. Her work was highlighted for making a “much-needed effort to diversify the curriculum and talk about theory and works from people of colour both prominent and lesser known, making the course so much more exciting”.
Areas of supervision
Yasmin currently supervises 10 doctoral students whose projects include research on sensory worlds of autism, Black lone parent mothers, Turkish Cypriot nationalism, dementia and soundscapes, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and young asylum seekers in Italy. She is especially interested in supervising students whose work engages with and is relevant to diverse audiences.
Disability, gender and sexuality, health and illness, migration, methodologies, race.
The understanding and challenging of inequality and injustice is at the heart of Yasmin’s research. A longstanding interest is in how inequality can be normalised, how it impacts on bodies and minds and how it is resisted, informs both the content and methods of her work. Yasmin's empirical research includes an early ethnographic study of dying migrants in a London hospice (1999); a project using narrative interviews and psychoanalytic infant observation to examine and theorise identity transition among first-time mothers in a multicultural East London borough (2008); a fellowship investigating social pain and transnational dying (2013), and more recent work on hospitality and migration (2017). A driving force has been the pursuit of thought, methods and knowledge that bring into closer dialogue the worlds of theory, policy and practice. The productive interrelations between these worlds can be seen in her co-edited collection ‘Narrative and Stories in Health Care’ (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was shortlisted and ‘Highly Commended’ in the British Medical Association Book Awards 2010 and in ‘Go Home: The Politics of Immigration Controversy’ (Manchester University Press, 2017).
2017-2018 Cultures of Consent: examining the complexity of sexual misconduct and power within universities (British Academy)
2017- 2018 Cartographies of Hospitality (Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, administered through Stockholm University)
2013-2015 Mapping Immigration Controversy (Economic and Social Research Council)
2012-2013 Case Stories: Social Pain and Transnational Dying (British Academy)
2006-9 - Involving people of diverse ethnicities in cancer research: An exploration of experiences, attitudes and barriers, Macmillan Research Unit, Southampton University (Macmillan Cancer Support)
Jones, Hannah; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Dhaliwal, Sukhwant; Davies, Will; Jackson, Emma; Bhattacharyya, Gargi; Saltus,, Roiyah and Forkert, Kirsten. 2017. Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526113221
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Palliative Care: Care for Life Limiting Illnesses - PALCOPE Information and Help for Older People. Leeds: PRIAE Policy Research Institute on Ageing & Ethnicity. ISBN 978-0953764273
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2006. Widening access to hospice care - A briefing paper for managers and trustees. London: Help The Hospices.
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2003. Researching Race and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power. London: Sage. ISBN 978-0761972877
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1993. Checklist: Health and Race - A Starting Point for Managers on Improving Services for Black Populations. London: King's Fund. ISBN 978-1857170429
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Chandon, Amarjit, eds. 2016. A Jar of Wild Flowers: essays in celebration of John Berger. London: Zed Books. ISBN 9781783608799
Chandan, Amarjit; Evans, Gareth and Gunaratnam, Yasmin, eds. 2016. The Long White Thread of Words: poems for John Berger. Ripon: Smokestack Books. ISBN 9780993454745
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Oliviere, David, eds. 2009. Narrative and Stories in Health Care: Illness, Dying and Bereavement. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0199546695
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Jones, Hannah. 2020. Same Difference? Researching racism and immigration. In: John Solomos, ed. The Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Racisms. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 391-405. ISBN 9781138485990
Clark, Nigel and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2019. Exorbitant Responsibility: Geographies of Climate Justice. In: Kum-Kum Bhavnani; John Foran; Priya A. Kurian and Debashish Munshi, eds. Climate Futures: Reimagining Global Climate Justice. London: Zed Books. ISBN 9781786997821
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2019. On researching climates of hostility and weathering. In: Kevin Smets; Koen Leurs; Myria Georgiou; Saskia Witteborn and Radhika Gajjala, eds. The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration. London: SAGE Publications, pp. 129-141. ISBN 9781526447210
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2018. Conversations Unfinished—in the company of Stuart Hall. In: Sandra Ponzanesi and Adriano José Habed, eds. Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe: Critics, Artists, Movements, and their Publics. London: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781786604125
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2016. Introduction — Learning by heart. In: Yasmin Gunaratnam and Amarjit Chandan, eds. A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger. London: Zed. ISBN 9781783608799
Bell, Vikki. 2016. ‘A Present Moment, More Present: John Berger’s Politics of Intensity’. In: Yasmin Gunaratnam and Amarjit Chandan, eds. A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Honour of John Berger. London: Zed. ISBN 9781783608799
Chandon, Amarjit; Evans, Gareth and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2016. Editor's Introduction. In: Amarjit Chandon; Gareth Evans and Yasmin Gunaratnam, eds. The Long White Thread of Words: Poems for John Berger. Ripon: Smokestack Books. ISBN 978 0 9934547 4 5
Clark, Nigel and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Sustaining Difference: Climate Change, Diet and the Materiality of Race. In: Rachel Slocum and Arun Saldanha, eds. Geographies of Race and Food Fields, Bodies, Markets. Burlington: Ashgate, 00-00. ISBN 9781409469278
Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Elliott, Heather; Hollway, Wendy and Phoenix, Anna. 2009. Practices, Identification and Identity Change in the Transition to Motherhood. In: Margaret Wetherell, ed. Theorizing Identities and Social Action. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 19-37. ISBN 978-0230580886
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. Narrative Interviews and Research. In: David Oliviere, ed. Narrative and Stories in Healthcare: Illness, Dying and Bereavement. Oxford University Press, p. 224. ISBN 978-0-19-954669-5
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. What Difference Does Our Difference Make in Researching Infertility?. In: Lorraine Culley; Nicky Hudson and Floor van Rooij, eds. Marginalized Reproduction: Ethnicity, Infertility and Reproductive Technologies. Earthscan: London, pp. 80-94. ISBN 978-1-84407-576 8
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. Blind Date. In: Sarah Earle; Caroline Bartholomew and Carol Komaromy, eds. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology. London: Sage, pp. 45-46. ISBN 978-1847875129
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. For Phyllis. In: Sarah Earle; Caroline Bartholomew and Carol Komaromy, eds. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology. London: Sage, p. 44. ISBN 978-1847875129
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. Where is the Love? Art, aesthetics and research. In: Prue Chamberlayne and Martin Smith, eds. Art, Creativity and Imagination in Social Work Practice. Routledge, pp. 13-29. ISBN 978-0415465083
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2006. Complexity and Complicity in Researching Ethnicity and Health. In: Jenny Douglas; Sarah Earle and Stephen Handsley, eds. A Reader in Promoting Public Health: Challenge and Controversy. Open University, pp. 147-156. ISBN 978-1412930758
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. The Bed. In: Liz Forbat; Caroline Malone; Matt Robb and Janet Seden, eds. Relating Experience: Stories from Health and Social Care: An Anthology About Communication and Relationships. London: Routledge, pp. 101-102. ISBN 978-0415326582
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. 'Bucking and Kicking’: ‘race’, gender and embodied resistance in health care. In: Ursula Apitzsch; Joanna Bornat and Prue Chamberlayne, eds. Biographical Methods and Professional Practice: An International Perspective. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 205-219. ISBN 978-1861344922
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. Skin Matters: 'Race' and Care in the Health Services. In: Janet Fink, ed. Care: Personal Lives and Social Policy. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 112-144. ISBN 978-1861345196
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2003. More Than Words: dialogue across difference. In: Moyra Sidell; Linda Jones; Jeanne Katz; Jenny Douglas and Alyson Peberdy, eds. Debates and Dilemmas in Promoting Health: A Reader. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 112-121. ISBN 978-1403902283
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. Whiteness and Emotions in Social Care. In: Bill Bytheway; Vivien Bacigalupo; Joanna Bornat; Jenny Johnson and Susan Spurr, eds. Understanding Care, Welfare and Community: A Reader. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 158-167. ISBN 978-0415258609
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1993. Breaking The Silence: Asian carers in Britain. In: Joanna Bornat; Charmaine Pereira; David Pilgrim and Fiona Williams, eds. Community Care – A Reader. Macmillan in Association with The Open University, pp. 114-123. ISBN 978-0333587157
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Walker, Sarah. 2021. Young, unauthorised and Black: African unaccompanied minors and becoming an adult in Italy. Journal of Sociology, ISSN 1440-7833
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2020. ‘Not in my name’: empathy and intimacy in volunteer refugee hosting. Journal of Sociology, pp. 1-18. ISSN 1440-7833
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2020. Soap and solace scarce as Sri Lanka's tea pickers toil on amid lockdown. The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2020. People who need end-of-life care shouldn't have to die alone because of coronavirus. The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2019. Those that resemble flies from a distance’: Performing Research. MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, Summer(4),
Clark, Nigel and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2017. Earthing the Anthropos? From ‘socializing the Anthropocene’ to geologizing the social. European Journal of Social Theory, 20(1), pp. 146-163. ISSN 1368-4310
Mirza, Heidi and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. 'The Branch on which I sit' Heidi Safia Mirza in conversation with Yasmin Gunaratnam. Feminist Review, 108, pp. 125-133. ISSN 0141-7789
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2014. Morbid mixtures: Hybridity, pain and transnational dying. Subjectivity, 7(1), pp. 74-91. ISSN 1755-6341
Anim-Addo, Joan and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Secrets and lies: Narrative methods at the limits of research. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 5(3), pp. 383-396.
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Roadworks: British Bangladeshi mothers, temporality and intimate citizenship in East London. European Journal of Women's Studies, 20(3), pp. 249-263. ISSN 1350-5068
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Clark, Nigel. 2012. Pre-Race Post-Race: Climate Change and Planetary Humanism. Darkmatter,
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2012. Learning To Be Affected: Social suffering and total pain at life’s borders. The Sociological Review, 60(S1), pp. 108-123. ISSN 0038-0261
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2011. Cultural vulnerability: A narrative approach to intercultural care. Qualitative Social Work, pp. 1-15.
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2011. Cultural Vulnerability and Professional Narratives. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 7(4), pp. 338-3349. ISSN 1552-4256
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. Talking about breastfeeding: emotion, context and ‘good’ mothering. The Practising Midwife, 12(6), pp. 2-6. ISSN 1461-3123
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. From competence to vulnerability: Care, ethics, and elders from racialized minorities. Mortality, 13(1), pp. 24-41. ISSN 1357-6275
Corner, Jessica; Wright, David; Hopkinson, Jane; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; J W, MacDonald and Claire, Foster. 2007. The research priorities of patients attending UK cancer treatment centres: findings from a modified nominal group study. British Journal of Cancer, 96(6), 875 -881. ISSN 0007 – 0920/07
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Intercultural palliative care: do we need cultural competence? International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 13(10), pp. 470-477. ISSN 1357-6321
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Lewis, Gail. 2001. Racialising emotional labour and emotionalising racialised labour: anger, fear and shame in social welfare. Journal of Social Work Practice, 15(2), pp. 125-142. ISSN 0265-0533
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. Eating into Multiculturalism: Hospice staff and service users talk food, ‘race’, ethnicity and identities. Critical Social Policy, 21(3), pp. 287-310. ISSN 0261-0183
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. We mustn’t judge people….but’: Staff dilemmas in dealing with racial harassment amongst hospice service users. Sociology of Health and Illness, 23(1), pp. 65-83. ISSN 0141-9889
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Van Dyke, Ruth. 2000. Ethnic monitoring in higher education: some reflections on methodology. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 3(4), pp. 325-345. ISSN 1364-5579
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2000. Implications of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry for Palliative Care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 6(3), pp. 147-149. ISSN 1357-6321
Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Bremner, Isobel; Pollock, Lois and Weir, Catherine. 1998. Anti-discrimination, emotions and professional practice. European Journal of Palliative Care, 5(4), pp. 122-124. ISSN 1352-2779
Conference or Workshop Item
Puar, Jasbir; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Hickey-Moody, Anna Catherine and Ahmed, Sara. 2014. 'Debilities: Sensing Bodies and Worlds'. In: Debilities: Sensing Bodies and Worlds. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom.