Centre for Applied South Asian Studies (CASAS)

Dr Roger Ballard

Director of the Centre for Applied South Asian Studies
Red Croft,
Howard Street
Stalybridge SK15 3ER

Telephone +44 (0) 161-303-1709

Email: roger@casas.org.uk

Academic interests :

Dr. Ballard takes a specialist interest is emigration from the Punjab, and hence in Sikh and Hindu settlers from the Jullundur Doab in India, and in Mirpuri Muslims from the Potohar/Azad Kashmir region of northern Pakistan. He takes a particularly close interested in the changing dynamics of family and kinship, in popular religious practice, and in differential patterns of upward social, educational and economic mobility within all of these groups, both in the UK, and in their home base in the subcontinent. 

At a more general level he takes a keen interest in the theoretical and practical challenges encountered by those seeking to develop more ethnosensitive forms of service delivery, in the issues arising from the inclusion of an 'ethnic group' question in the Census, and in the analysis of the data so thrown up, and in the logic and dynamics of ethnic pluralism, no less in the Indian subcontinent than in the UK. 

Last but not least he takes a close interst in the dynamics of the transnational networks maintained by South Asian settlers in Britain, and the way in which these are used to facilitate the circulation of information, ideas, financial resources and personnel on a global scale.

Legal Advice :

Dr. Ballard also regularly accepts instructions to prepare expert reports for use in legal proceedings in which members of Britain’s South Asian minorities have found themselves caught up, and in which social, cultural, linguistic, familial and religious issues are in some way at issue. He has have now prepared over 500 such reports for use in the Criminal, Civil, Immigration, Family and Administrative courts, as well as in Asylum and Immigration Tribunals.


Dr. Ballard welcomes requests to undertake research and/or to devise training programs on a consultancy basis, particularly from the providers of Health, Educational, Welfare, Social, Family and Legal services seeking to devise more ethnosenitive forms of service delivery.



(Copies of most of the publications listed below can be found the the Papers tab)

2011   “Honour Killing? Or just plain homicide?” in Holden, Livia (ed) Cultural Expertise and Litigation: Patterns, Conflicts, Narratives London: Routledge 123 -148

2011 “The Re-establishment of Meaning and Purpose: Mādri and Padre Muzhub in the Punjabi Diaspora” in Olwig, Karen (ed) Mobile Bodies, Mobile Cosmologies: Family, religion, and migration in a global world? Aarhus: University of Aarhus Press 27 - 53

2010    “Three Phases of Globalisation: the significance of Dubai’s emergence as a trading hub” in Pieterse, Jan (ed) 21st Century Globalisation: Perspectives from the Gulf Dubai: Sheikh Zaidi University 39 - 71

2009    “The Dynamics of Translocal and Transjurisdictional Networks: A Diasporic Perspective” in South Asian Diaspora Vol1, (2) 141 -166

2009    Human Rights in Contexts of Ethnic Plurality: Always a Vehicle for Liberation?* in Grillo, Ballard, Ferrari, J. Hoekema, and Shah (eds) Legal Practice and Cultural Diversity Aldgate p. 299 - 330.

2008    “Inside and Outside: Contrasting perspectives on the dynamics of kinship and marriage in contemporary South Asian transnational networks“ in Grillo, R. (ed) The Family in Question: Immigrants and Minorities in Multicultural Europe University of Amsterdam Press

2008    “The Social and Demographic Characteristics of Britain’s Hindu Population”, in Caring for Hindu Patients Oxford: Radcliffe Publications p. 25 - 39

2008     “Minority professionals’ experience of marginalisation and exclusion: the rules of ethnic engagement” in Eade, John (ed) Advancing Multiculturalism, Post 7/7 Cambridge: The Scholar’s Press pp 73 - 96.

2008    “Inside and Outside: Contrasting perspectives on the dynamics of kinship and marriage in contemporary South Asian transnational networks“ in Grillo, R. (ed) The Family in Question: Immigrants and Minorities in Multicultural Europe University of Amsterdam Press p. 37 - 70.

2007    “Zuwanderer aus der ehemaligen Kronkolonie Indien in Grossbritannien seit 1947”, in Bade, Emmer, Lucassen und Oltmer,  Enzyklopädie Migration in Europa Vom 17. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart , München: Wilhem Fink (2007) pp. 1110 - 1116.

2007    “The South Asian presence in Britain and its Transnational Connections” in  Sahoo and Maharaj (eds.) Sociology of Diaspora: A Reader Jaipur: Rawat Publications pp. 587 - 617.

2007 Common Law and Common Sense: Juries, Justice and the Challenge of Ethnic Plurality” in  Shah, P. (ed) Socio-Legal Perspectives on Ethnic Plurality. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff. p. 69 -106.

2007     “Living with Difference: a forgotten art in urgent need of revival?” in Hinnells, J.R. (ed) Religious Reconstruction in the South Asian Diasporas: From one generation to another”London: Palgrave Macmillan  p. 265 - 301

2006.   Forced Marriage: A Criminal Conspiracy? in N. Schlenzka (ed) Female Marriage Migrants: Awareness Raising and Violence Prevention. Berlin: Edition Parabolis 167-180

2006     Coalitions of reciprocity and the maintenance of financial integrity within informal value transmission systems: The operational dynamics of contemporary Hawala networks in The Journal of Banking regulation, Vol 6,4 pp 319 - 352

2006 "Hawala: Criminal Haven or Vital Financial Network" in Underworlds and Borderlands, Newsletter of the Internaltional Institute of Asian Studies, Volume 42, p. 8 - 9

2006 "Popular Islam in Northern Pakistan and its Reconstruction in Urban Britain" in Hinnells and Malik (eds.) Sufism in the West London: Routledge p. 160 - 186

2006 "Ethnic diversity and the delivery of justice: the challenge of plurality" in Shah, Prakash (ed) Migrations, Diasporas and legal Systems in Europe London: Cavendish p. 29 - 56

2005     “Migration, Remittances, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction: reflections on some South Asian developments” in Siddiqui, Tasneem (ed) Migration and Development: Pro-poor policy choices  Dhaka: The University Press p. 333 - 358

2005 "Coalitions of Reciprocity and the Maintenance of Financial Integrity within Informal Value Transmission Systems: the operational dynamics of contemporary hawala networks" in Journal of Banking Regulation Volume 6, 4 pages 319 - 352

2005 "Remittances and Economic Development in India and Pakistan" in Maimbo, S and Ratha, D eds. (2005) Remittances: Development Impact and Future Prospects Washington DC: World Bank pages 103 - 118.

2004 "Remittances and Economic Development" in Migration and Development: how to make migration work for poverty reduction Sixth Report of the House of Commons Development Committee HC 79-II. London: the Stationary Office pp. Ev 157 - 168

2004 "Delivering migrant remittances: the logistical challenge" in The Journal of Financial Transformation, Volume 12, pages 141 - 153.

2003 "A case of capital-rich under-development: The paradoxical consequences of successful transnational entrepreneurship from Mirpur" in Contributions to Indian sociology (n.s.) 37, 1&2 pp. 49 - 81, and reprinted in Gardner and Osella (eds.) (2003 )Migration, modernity and social transformation in South Asia, New Delhi: Sage. pages 25 - 57

2003 "The South Asian Presence in Britain and its Transnational Connections" in Singh, H. and Vertovec, S. (eds) Culture and Economy in the Indian Diaspora, London: Routledge Pages 197 - 222

2002 "Race, Culture and Ethnicity" in Holborn, M. (ed)New Developments in Sociology, The Causeway Press.

2000 "Religious reconstruction in an alien environment: the Sikh tradition in Britain", in Coward, H. and Hinnells, J.R. (eds), The South Asian religious diaspora in Britain, Canada and the United States New York: SUNY Press. pages 193 - 124

2000 "Panth, Kismet, Dharm te Qaum: Four dimensions in Punjabi Religion" in Singh, Pritam and Thandi, Shinder (eds.) Punjabi Identity in a Global Context Delhi, Oxford University Press, p 7-37

1999 "Communication" and "Ethnic Minority Families", in Equal Treatment Benchbook London, Judicial Studies Board, pp. 87 - 98, and 99 - 115.

1998 "Asking Ethnic Questions: Some Hows, Whys and Wherefores", in Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 32, No.2, pp. 15 – 37

1997 "Negotiating Race and Ethnicity: exploring the implications of the 1991 Census", in Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 3 – 33

1996 "The Pakistanis: Stability and Introspection", in Peach, C. (ed.) The Ethnic Minority Populations of Great Britain: Ethnicity in the 1991 Census, Vol. 2 London: Central Statistical Office, pp. 121 – 149

1996 "Islam and the Construction of Europe", in Shadid, W.A.R. and van Koningsveld, P.S. (eds.), Muslims in the Margin: Political Responses to the Presence of Islam in Western Europe, Kampen: Kok Pharos Publishers, pp.15 – 51

1996 "The Construction of a conceptual vision: ethnic groups and the 1991 Census" inRacial and Ethnic Studies, Vol. 20, no 1, pp. 182 – 194

1994 Desh Pardesh: The South Asian Presence in Britain. London: C. Hurst and Co., and Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 297.

1994 The Ethnic Dimensions of the 1991 Census: a Preliminary Report. Manchester University: Manchester Census Group, pp. 57

1994 "The Evolution of the Sikh Community in Britain", (review article) International Journal of Punjab Studies, Vol. 1, pp. 297 – 302

1993 "The Politicisation of Religion in Punjab", in Rohit Barot (ed.), Religion and Ethnicity: Minorities and Social Change in the Metropolis, The Hague: Kok Pharos pp. 80 – 95

1992 "New Clothes for the Emperor? The Conceptual Nakedness of the British Race Relations Industry", in New Community, Vol. 18 481 – 492

1991 "Azad Kashmir: the View from Mirpur", in Economic and Political Weekly, Bombay pp. 513 – 517

1990 "Migration and Kinship: the differential effect of marriage rules on the process of Punjabi migration to Britain", in Clarke, C. Peach, C. and Vertovek, S. (eds.), South Asians Overseas: Contexts and Communities, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press pp. 219 – 249

1989 "Overseas Migration and its Consequences: the case of Pakistan", in Alavi, H. and Harriss, J. (eds) The Sociology of Developing Societies: South Asia, London: Macmillan, pp. 112 – 120

1989 "Social Work with Black People: What's the Difference?" in Rojek, C, Peacock, G and Collins, S. The Haunt of Misery: Critical Essays in Caring and Helping, London: Tavistock. pp. 123 - 147

1988 "The Political Economy of Migration: Pakistan, Britain and the Middle East", in Eades, J. (ed.), Migrants, Workers, and the Social Order, London: Tavistock, pp. 19 – 41

1984 "The Bitter Drama of the Sikhs", in New Society, 21st June pp. 464 – 4

1983 "Emigration in a Wider Context: Jullundur and Mirpur Compared", in New Community, Vol. 11, pp. 117 - 136

1983 "Race and the Census: what an 'Ethnic Question' would have shown", in New Society, 12th May pp. 212 – 214

1982 "South Asian Families: Structure and Process", in Rapaport, R. Fogarty, M. and Rapaport, R, (eds), Families in Britain, London: Routledge. pp. 179 - 204

1979 "Ethnic Minorities and the Social Services" in Khan, V.S. (ed.),Minority Families in Britain, London: Macmillan. Pp. 146 – 164

1979 "Comparing Performance in Multi-Racial Schools: South Asian Pupils at 16+", in New Community, Vol. 8, and since reprinted in James A, and Jeffcoate, R, Education in the Multi-Cultural Society London: Harper and Row

1977 "Up Against The Front", in New Society, 6th May pp. 285 – 286

1977 (with Catherine Ballard) "The Sikhs", in Watson, J. L. (ed.), Between Two Cultures: Migrants and Minorities in Britain Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 21 – 56

1975 "The Employment of Coloured Graduates in Britain", in New Community, Vol. 4, and since reprinted in Braham, P. Rhodes, E. and Pearn, M. (eds)Discrimination and Disadvantage in Unemployment, London: Harper and Row

1973 "Family Organisation amongst the Sikhs in Britain", in New Community, Vol. 2. pp. 12-23

1973 "Hierarchy", in New Society, 9th November pp. 1032 – 1035.