Aarti completed her doctorate in 2008 at the University of Brighton. After working in Leeds for 12 years, she commenced a new post of Associate Professor of Sociology at Solent University in April 2019.
Aarti makes a significant contribution to the sport, leisure and sociological community through the following roles:
At Solent, she is the founding Chair of the Leisure Studies Research Group (LSG). Under her leadership, the team have already been successful in their application to host the next Leisure Studies Association annual conference (July 2021), entitled Leisure Identities, Health and Wellbeing.
Aarti is a passionate advocate of equity in the workplace and, linked to her previous role as Co-Chair of the Race Equality Forum at Leeds Beckett University, is currently a member of the BAME network at Solent University.
Aarti works in close partnership with the Community Cougars Foundation (West Yorkshire, UK), particularly the director, Miss Saima Hussain (who is the first and only South Asian woman to play rugby league for the national team). Through the Foundation's collaborations, they develop funding bids, community-led projects and evaluations, focusing upon young people from a range of marginalised and vulnerable backgrounds, to include and empower them through carefully planned sport and leisure programmes.
Aarti has previously served as a racial equality tutor and consultant at the English Football Association (2005-08). She has also been a research consultant at other organisations, including Sport Equals, Leeds United Football Club, the Middlesex County Football Association, St Lukes Care, the Anti-Social Behavioural Unit (Leeds), the London Sports Forum, and Leeds City Council.
Aarti was a racial equality tutor and consultant at the English Football Association (2005-8). She has also been a research consultant at other organisations including Sporting Equals, Leeds United Football Club, the Middlesex County Football Association, St Lukes Care, the Anti-Social Behavioural Unit (Leeds), the London Sports Forum and Leeds City Council.
Aarti has a long history of teaching on various leisure, culture and sport courses at Leeds Beckett University as well as serving as a Principal Lecturer of Learning and Teaching at the Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education.
Her current teaching includes convening the following units: Introduction to Studying Sociology, Political Ideologies, Sociology of the Life Course, and Equity and Diversity in the Workplace. Her optional specialisms include Race and Ethnicity in Multicultural Britain and Refugee and Migration Studies.
Aarti is currently supervising five PhD students in the areas of refugee and asylum studies; race, ethnicity and migration; transnational/ postcolonial feminism; queer studies; and complex assemblages of power through the contexts of popular culture, leisure, sport, and everyday life.
Please contact Aarti if you are interested in undertaking a PhD or postdoctoral studies under her supervision.
Aarti is a sociologist of race, ethnicity, migration, and diaspora studies. She is well-known for her transnational feminist and anti-racist approaches to the study of gender, national belonging, popular culture, leisure, and sport.
Aarti has recently secured two external funding bids:
A new area of research for Aarti has included working with the Community Cougars Foundation, to address the prevention of Serious Organised Crime through a rugby league and educational intervention programme (funded by the UK Home Office). Her interest in this work specifically lies in supporting the lives, needs and pleasures of British Asian young people (men and women).
2016 Nominated University Inspirational Teacher
2016 Nominated University Course Team of the Year (Sport Development)
2016 Certified Aurora Females in Leadership Award
2016 Certified HEA Senior Fellowship
2013 Nominated University Course Team of the Year (Sport, Leisure and Culture)
2013 Nominated University Course Leader of the Year (Sport, Leisure and Culture)
2010 Certified University Research Supervisor’s Training Award (12-month course)
Aarti is currently working on developing a number of research council grants and funded projects:
Other projects in-progress include using physical activity to support South Asian forced migrant women, and exploring the leisure lives of diasporic queer South Asian groups of people.