Rima Saini is a Lecturer in the Department of Criminology and Sociology, and co-leader of the BA Sociology undergraduate degree programmes.
Rima completed an MSc in Research Methods at City, University of London in 2014 following a BA in Politics (SOAS) and an MA in Legal and Political Theory (UCL School of Public Policy). She completed a 3-year post as a City University of London Q-Step PhD Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology in September 2017. She was awarded her PhD in Quantitative Political Sociology in December 2019. She worked as Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent 2017-2018 and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Southampton 2018-2019. She was a Research Assistant at the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys in 2016.
English, Hindi, Punjabi
Rima's teaching portfolio primarily covers quantitative and mixed research methods in the social sciences, and the sociology of race, ethnicity, migration and class.
She is currently co-leading the following modules:
Rima's research interests cover:
Her academic publications include the following:
Zwiener-Collins N., Jafri J., Saini R., Poulter T. Decolonising quantitative research methods pedagogy: Teaching contemporary politics to challenge hierarchies from data. Politics. August 2021. doi:10.1177/02633957211041449
Saini, R. (2021) (Pseudo)intellectualism and democratic (il)liberalism: on Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter’s “Reactionary democracy”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI:10.1080/01419870.2020.1867759
Doidge, M. and Saini, R. (2020) The Short Guide to Sociology. Bristol: Policy Press
Saini, R. and Begum, N. (2020) Demarcation and Definition: Explicating the Meaning and Scope of 'Decolonisation' in the Social and Political Sciences. Political Quarterly: Reports and Surveys. 19(1) doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12797
Begum. N. and Saini, R. (2019) Decolonising the Curriculum. Political Studies Review. Professional Section: Teaching. 17(2), 196-201
Meghji, A. and Saini, R. (2018) Rationalising racial inequality: Ideology, hegemony and post-racialism among the Black and South Asian middle-classes. Sociology. 52(4), 671-687
Harrison, E. Saini, R. and Zwiener, N. (2016) ‘Perceived quality of society’ In (eds.) Harrison, E., Quick, A., and Abdallah, S. Looking through the Wellbeing Kaleidoscope. London: New Economics Foundation.
Co-PI on Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) funded ‘Decolonising the curriculum’ project Law February 2021 – July 2021
Co-PI on HEIF funded project ‘Student-led workshops using creative methods to gather qualitative data on belonging’ February 2021-July 2021
Co-I on HEIF funded mixed-methods research project ‘Exploring Digital Media Access, Use and Skills by British South Asians in England’ April-July 2020