Institute of Education


Engineering mobility: a study of how social media platforms are mediating student mobility in India

05 March 2020, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm


This seminar has been rescheduled to 11 June 2020.

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Centre for Global Higher Education


Elvin Hall
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

This seminar will examine the increasingly central yet understudied role of social media in facilitating postgraduate level student mobility in India.  Drawing on fieldwork focused on student migration from India to Germany, Dr Sazana Jayadeva examines the increasingly central yet understudied role of social media in facilitating postgraduate level transnational student mobility from India. 

She will examine how prospective students aspiring to study for a master’s degree in Germany—previously unknown to each other—are connecting with each other by means of Facebook and WhatsApp groups and supporting each other through the application process. She also explores new formats of education consultancy that are developing on social media platforms. 

Dr Jayadeva will conclude with a discussion about the challenges these new types of migration infrastructure created on social media platforms are posing to traditional forms of education consultancy.

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About the Speaker

Dr Sazana Jayadeva

Postdoctoral Researcher at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Dr Jayadeva is a member of the EuroStudents project, which is a comparative study of how the contemporary higher education student is conceptualised in six European countries. Prior to this, as a Leibniz-DAAD fellow, she conducted research on transnational student migration from India to Germany and the infrastructures mediating this mobility. 

Her doctoral research, which she carried out at the University of Cambridge, explores the relationship between education, language and class in post-liberalisation India. Sazana’s research interests include education, migration and mobilities, social media, language and language ideology, and social class.

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