Dr Asiya Islam

BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Fellow (B)

College Roles

  • Joyce Lambert Research Fellow (B)
  • Postgraduate Mentor


Email: ai301@cam.ac.uk


Dr Asiya Islam is the Joyce Lambert Research Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. She completed her PhD in Sociology in 2019 as a Gates Cambridge scholar at the University of Cambridge. Prior to Cambridge, she studied for Master’s in Gender, Media and Culture at the London School of Economics, for which she was awarded Distinction and the Best Degree Performance Award. Her BA (Hons) Communicative English is from Aligarh Muslim University, India, where she won the Dr Zakir Hussain Medal for Academic Excellence.

Research Interests

Dr Asiya Islam is a sociologist and ethnographer interested in gender, class, and labour. Her research explores the lives of young women in urban India in the context of contemporary socio-economic change. For her PhD, she studied the experiences of young lower middle class women working across cafes, call centres, malls, and offices in the service economy of New Delhi. By seeking and engaging with women’s narratives about their identities and aspirations at the interconnected sites of family, work and leisure, her research aims to address the underrepresentation of women’s experiences in studies of youth and class in the Global South. As part of her Research Fellowship at the College, she is writing a monograph and developing a new project on young women’s participation in emerging technological cultures in urban India.