Selim Reza Member Profile

Selim Reza

Associate Professor
North South University
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Gender and Title Male, Dr.
Telephone +880-2-55668200 EXT: 6851
Bio Dr. Selim Reza is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at North South University. Before joining North South University, he was at the Asian University for Women (AUW) where he taught and coordinated Development Studies courses as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Development Studies for almost five years since 2018. At AUW, he led the design and development of an In-service Master of Education (M.Ed.) programme in the role of the Programme Director. Also, he led the AUW Summer School of Science and Mathematics 2023 in his role as the Director. His professional experience spans teaching (both undergraduate and graduate levels), research, and academic programme coordination. He previously taught social justice, socio-legal studies, and sociological research methods at Flinders University, Australia. Also, he taught Masters courses on research methods, and nationalism, identity politics and development at BRAC University, Bangladesh while leading its Master of Development Studies (MDS) programme in the role of the Head of Academic Programmes at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development. He started his career as a Field Researcher and subsequently became Research Associate and then Research and Communications Officer at the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) of the University of Dhaka. In these positions at RMMRU, he worked for many research projects including the UK Aid-funded multidisciplinary, multi-country Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium based in the University of Sussex, UK. This Consortium involved him in various research projects on poverty reducing and developmental impacts of migration in Africa and Asia. He conducted focus group discussions, household surveys and in-depth interviews, led a team of researchers, supervised research assistants in data analysis, and drafted many research reports, policy briefs, journal articles and conference and other presentations. He also wrote a policy background paper on the migration sector in Bangladesh as a consultant for the World Bank. In 2013, he was awarded a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship at the University of Sussex, UK to develop his capacity for leadership in Southern-led research for development.

Dr. Reza’s broad research area is social organisation of work for Asian migrant workers. His key research interests span labour migration, recruitment practices, precarious work and individualised employment relationship issues that are theoretically founded in the sociology of migrant labour, work and contingent employment practices. He is the author of the book “The Construction Precariat” published by Taylor & Francis (Routledge, UK) in the prestigious series of Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Work, Professions and Organisations which publishes the latest sociological and social scientific research on professions, work and organisations, organisational change, entrepreneurship, workplace issues, working lives and identities, labour relations and the transformation of work in a changing economy. This book is internationally acclaimed for offering new insights into the field of labour migration by unpacking the interconnections between rural-urban labour migration, recruitment and precarious employment. It uniquely models and conceptualises the dominance of recruiters as producing “hyper-individualised employment”, and sheds light on the manner in which this relationship of domination and dependence contributes heavily both to the conditions of precariousness and to the control and exploitation of migrant workers. He maintains an active research affiliation with the Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) of York University, Canada and the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) of the University of Leeds, UK.

Dr. Reza holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of migration and labour from Flinders University, Australia. At Flinders, he received, in addition to the doctoral degree, a rigorous training on learning and teaching practices in higher education and thus developed effective teaching skills through completing a one-year academic internship programme as a doctoral student with teaching responsibilities. He completed his Bachelor and Masters (first class, first position) in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. He is an affiliated faculty at the Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC), York University, Canada.


Expertise Country Affiliation Local
Migration Bangladesh Independent
I have worked on my empirical research projects on internal and international migration since 2008. My PhD project at Flinders University, Australia was an in-depth study of recruitment practices for internal migrant workers working in the construction sector of Bangladesh. I have published a single-authored book with Taylor & Francis (Routledge, UK) that examined various aspects of precariousness of migrant workers' working and living conditions. I have been teaching undergraduate and masters courses on migration, human trafficking, and slavery for more than five years.