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Prof. Divya Balan
Assistant Professor - International Studies
Email: divya.balan@flame.edu.in
PhD in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; M.Phil. & Masters in International Studies

Dr. Divya Balan is Assistant Professor in International Studies at FLAME University. She holds a doctorate degree in European Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She is UGC-NET qualified in International and Area Studies and has been teaching for the past eight years. At FLAME University, she teaches courses on Introduction to International Relations, Migration and Diaspora, Regional Integration and European Union, and Forced Migration, Refugees, and Human Security. Dr. Divya is a passionate teacher and dedicated social researcher.

Her doctoral research investigated the immigrant integration measures taken by the British Government during the post multiculturalist phase of 2000-2010, taking Indian immigrants’ incorporation to the UK as a case study. She has associated with the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Derby, the UK, on a short-term Europe Area Studies Programme Grant to complete her thesis. Dr. Divya has also served as an international visiting fellow of the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 2018.

Dr. Divya has earlier taught in the capacity of Assistant Professor (ad hoc) at the Department of Political Science in the Delhi University (Shri Ram College of Commerce and Kamala Nehru College) and the Department of International Relations in the Central University of Kerala. Her broad teaching and research interests cover international and internal migration, migration governance, Indian diaspora, Gulf migration, non-resident Keralites, and refugees in India.

Dr. Divya has received several scholarships and grants and is also a member of several academic organizations. Currently, she serves as the Joint Secretary of Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), a Delhi-based global research network and advocacy organization. She has authored several timely opinion pieces in English and Malayalam for international, national, and regional newspapers and magazines and published research papers in edited books and reputed journals. An active public speaker, Divya has presented her works in national and international conferences and several public fora. She has also served as a migration policy consultant for government and civil society organizations.

More information on Dr. Divya Balan's research and publication can be found here: www.divyabalan.in.



AY 2020-2021

AY 2015-2016

  • (2015). Living the double life: An analysis of the transgender community in Kasaragod district, Kerala. The Investigator, 1(2), 158-169. ISSN 2454-3314.

AY 2013-14

  • (2013). Linking counter terrorism strategies with migration policies: A puzzling case of post 9/11 Britain. Journal of Polity and Society, 5(1/2), 58-75. ISSN 0976-0210.

  • (2013). ICT and democracy: An analysis of emerging opportunities in the globalised era. Newman and Society, 4(2), 64-73. ISSN 2231-6698.

  • (2013). Empowerment through political participation: Analysis of decision making power of women in local governance. International Journal for Environmental Protection and Rural Development, 3(1), 31-40. ISSN 2249-4375.

  • (2013). Towards a common EU immigration policy: An analysis of post Lisbon treaty developments. Holistic Thought, 12(1/2), 81-96. ISSN 0975-363.


AY 2014-2015

  • (2015). Indian immigrants in Britain: Features of diasporic life post 2000s, Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism Research Monograph Series, 6. ISSN 2454-3675. https://www.grfdt.com/Upload/Publication/5039_GRFDT%20Research%20Paper%206.pdf


AY 2021-22

  • (2022). Life of Sri Lankan refugee women in the camps of Tamil Nadu (co-author: D. Athray). In S. Irudaya Rajan (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of refugees in India (pp. 642-654). Routledge, ISBN: 978-1-032-16057-3 (pbk).

  • (2021). Strengthening the India-EU migration corridor: The way forward. In N. Inamdar, P. V. Poojary, & P. Shetty (Eds.), Contours of India-EU engagements: Multiplicity of experiences (pp. 424-446). Manipal Universal Press, ISBN: 978-93-88337-26-7.

AY 2020-2021

  • (2020). Re-reading the banyan tree analogy: Everyday life and identity of Indian diaspora in Britain. In R. Gowricharn (Ed.), Shifting transnational bonding in Indian diaspora (pp. 17-35). Routledge, ISBN 978-0-367-72335-4.

AY 2018-19

  • (2018). Towards a digitally empowered society: The case of Digital India Programme. In C. Vinodan (Ed.), Governance and development challenges in India (pp. 69-82). New Century publishers, ISBN 978-81-7708-445-0.

  • (2018). International Relations: A historical perspective. In S. Tripathi (Ed.), International Relations: Theories and approaches (pp.16-30). Worldview Publications, ISBN 978-93822-67-324.

AY 2014-15

  • (2014). Multiculturalism as a policy of integration in Britain. In R. K. Jain (Ed.), Multiculturalism in India and Europe (pp. 168-182). Aakar Books, ISBN 978-93-5002-279-5.


AY 2021-22

AY 2020-2021

AY 2019-2020

AY 2018-19


AY 2021-22

  • (2022, March 21). Understanding Indian diaspora. Faculty Induction Programme (FIP-04/05-2021-22), UGC-HRDC, Manipur University, Imphal.

  • (2022, February 22). Women and migration: Locating and mainstreaming gender in migration discourses in India. Migration a long way to go: Trends and challenges, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

  • (2022, January 4-7). Publicness of personal memories and narrative identities in the expatriate literature of Kerala. Turbulence and Resilience: Exploring Diaspora Spaces, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

  • (2021, November 5). Indian women migrant labourers in the Gulf countries and the impact of COVID-19. Asia Panel Event on Female Migrant Labourers and COVID-19, Global Research Network, The United Kingdom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpIwnofetvY

  • (2021, October 24). Migration and Indian gig economy. Migration and Telemigration in the Gig Economy, WageIndicator Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouFEOL4QJog&t=14s

AY 2020-21

  • (2021, June 21). Refugee women and their everyday lives in India: Before and during the pandemic. Challenges and issues among refugees during pandemic, Galgotias University, Uttar Pradesh.

  • (2021, February 18). India-United Kingdom relations in post-Brexit era. Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

  • (2021, January 30). Migration governance in India: Issues and the way forward. Payyannur College, Kannur, Kerala.

  • (2020, December 17). India-EU engagement in migration and mobility: Issues and the way forward. Lecture Series on International Relations in the 21st Century, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.

  • (2020, November 20). COVID-19 and women migrant workers: Addressing the less addressed. Lecture series on Women and COVID-19, MES Asmabi College, Kodungallur, Kerala.

  • (2020, October 31). Migrants and their narrative identity: Mapping the Indian diaspora literature. O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana.

  • (2020, September 26). Migrant and left-behind women during the COVID-19. Panel Discussion on Covid-19 and women’s work in times of pandemic, All India Professionals’ Congress, Kerala.

  • (2020, July 9). Capacity building of women and children who have migrated and left-behind. Panel Discussion on Migration a reality: Solutions and policies to promote safe internal migration, International Justice Mission, Patna (IJM), Bihar Office.

AY 2018-2019

  • (2019, January 9). Gandhi and conflict resolution. Panel discussion on Is Gandhi Relevant Today?, FLAME International Relations Committee in partnership with Wellesley College, USA at Pune.

  • (2018, September 7). Diaspora literature in the era of global migration. International Conference on Globalisation, Culture and Literature, Dnyansagar Institute of Management and Research, Pune.

AY 2017-2018

  • (15 May 2018). Teaching and learning European Studies in India: A participant experience approach to understand the Europe from outside. Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel at Basel, Switzerland.

  • (2015, December 15). Indian immigrants in Europe. Manipal University, Manipal.


AY 2018-19

  • (2019, June 14-15). Permanence of impermanence: The depiction of expatriate lives in the diasporic literature of Kerala, India. Vertex Research Society, The United Arab Emirates.

  • (2019, March 14-16). Fragmented lives of expatriates: A rereading of Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan. International Interdisciplinary Conference on Literature and Culture, Andra University, Vishakhapatanam, Andra Pradesh.

  • (2018, December 14-16). Portrayal of cultural identity in diasporic literature: A rereading of Meera Syal’s Anita and Me. International Conference on Language, Literature and Culture, Institute of Advanced Studies in English, Pune.

  • (2018, September 7-8). Longing for home: Mapping the Indian diasporic literature and popular culture in Europe. International Conference on Globalisation, Culture and Literature, Dnyansagar Institute of Management and Research, Pune.

AY 2017-2018

  • (2018, June 18-21). Ethnic popular culture among the Indian diaspora in multicultural Britain: A case study approach. Annual IJAS International Conference, FIAP Jean Monnet, Paris, France.

  • (2018, May 17-20). Diaspora problematics in the age of globalisation: A case of Indian immigrants in Britain. International Social Sciences and Humanities Conference, Berlin, Germany.

  • (2018, April 25). European Studies in India: Opportunity gained or lost?. Workshop on The Politics of European Studies in Asia, University of Basel, Switzerland.

  • (2017, December 15-17). Diaspora culture and identities: A curious case of survival in foreign lands. International Conference on Language, Literature and Culture, Institute of Advanced Studies in English, Pune.

  • (2017, October 13-14). Migration in the age of (post) globalisation: Rise of far-right extremism and diaspora problematics. International Conference on Wither the Global Village: Is Globalisation in Retreat?, Central University of Kashmir, Nowgam Campus-2, Srinagar.

  • (2017, October 5-7). Re-reading the banyan tree analogy: The everyday life of Indian diaspora in Europe. Global Conference on Diaspora Studies and Policies, VU University Amsterdam & Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, The Netherlands.

AY 2016-2017

  • (2017, February 25). Contextualising diasporic culture and identity in the age of global migration. Conference on Globalisation, Culture and Identity: Challenges and Prospects FLAME University, Pune.

  • (2016, November 26-27). Empowered or engulfed: A study on the impact of migration on the Gulf wives of Kerala. International Conference on Global Migration: Rethinking Skills, Knowledge and Culture, Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism, New Delhi.

AY 2015-2016

  • (2016, January 20-21). Quantitative Vs. qualitative equality: An analysis of social acceptability of women leadership in local governance. International Conference Series on Thinkers Workshop on Decentralisation and Development, Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Thrissur, Kerala.

  • (2016, January 14-15). Towards a digitally empowered inclusive society: A case of Digital India Programme. International Conference on Understanding Contemporary India, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam & Kerala State Higher Education Council, Kerala.

  • (2015, November 27-28). Cultural representation among Indian diaspora in multicultural Britain: An analysis of ethnic popular media and Bollywood effect. National Seminar on Dialogics of Cultural Encounters, Mercy College, Palakkad, Kerala.

  • (2015, September 30 - October 1). ICT, democracy and governance: An analysis of emerging opportunities in the globalised era. National Seminar on Media, Technology and Democracy, Newman College, Thodupuzha, Kerala.

  • (2015, July 29-31). Strategising Indianness abroad: A socio-cultural account of indian diasporic life in Britain. National Seminar on Travails of Uprootment: A Tribute to Refugees, Exiled, and Diasporic Communities, MSM College, Kayamkulam, Kerala.

  • (2015, July 29). Living the double life: An analysis of the social lives of transgenders in Kasaragod District, Kerala. National Seminar on Literature and Gender Issues, Assabah Arts & Science College, Malappuram, Kerala.

AY 2014-2015

  • (2015, January 30-31). ICT and e-democracy: A strategy for deepening global democracy and good governance. National Seminar on Democracy, Development and Globalisation: Perspectives and Experiences, Government College Madappally, Kerala.

  • (2015, January 13-14). E-governance as a tool for national development and good governance in the age of globalisation. National Seminar on Redefining Avenues of Development: Emerging Concerns in the Liberalised Era St John’s College, Anchal, Kerala.

AY 2013-2014

  • (2014, February 3). Digital democracy and ICT: A strategy for global governance. National Seminar on E-governance: A Step Towards Digital Democracy, Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, Kerala & MES Asmabi College, Kodungallur, Kerala.

  • (2014, January 19-21). Women empowerment and local governance. International Conference on Deepening Democracy, Department of Local Self Government, Government of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

  • (2013, October 1-4). Evaluating methodology in International Relations. Workshop on Research Methodology in Social Sciences, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod.

  • (2013, September 27-28). Empowerment through political participation: Analysis of decision making power of women in local governance. International Seminar on Women Empowerment: Global Perspective, Environmental Advisory for Sustainable Trust, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari.

AY 2012-2013

  • (2013, March 15-16). Negotiating contested spaces of identity: Indian diaspora in Britain. International Seminar on Emerging Identities in India and Europe: Exploring Critical Issues, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi.

  • (2012, December 29). Indian emigration to the United Kingdom: A historical inquiry. Indian History Congress, Mumbai University, Mumbai.

  • (2012, March 2). Indian immigrants in Britain: A socio-cultural profile. International Seminar on India and the European Union in a Changing World: Perceptions and Perspectives, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi.

AY 2011-2012

  • (2011, September 22). The impact of the Lisbon Treaty on EU immigration policies: A special case analysis of Britain. International Seminar on European Identity after the Lisbon Treaty, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi.