School alumni, transnationalism and Asian diaspora: an unexplored potential for researchers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


For countries in Asia that were once part of the British Empire, one of the more singular outcomes of contemporary globalisation has been an increase in emigration to other parts of the former Empire, such as Australia and the United Kingdom. This transnational movement has been both temporary and permanent, often in the initial context of migration for tertiary education rather than school education. Consequently, the role of alumni in helping to facilitate these transnational movements has tended to focus on the position of university and related alumni connections. Using examples from India and Sri Lanka, this chapter highlights that, as a result, there are gaps in the research canon concerning the possible roles played by school alumni associations as drivers of transnational migration and facilitators of migrant adjustment that offer researchers unexplored lines of inquiry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Asian Transnationalism
EditorsAjaya K. Sahoo
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781003152149
ISBN (Print)9780367709778, 9780367714642
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Sri Lanka
  • School alumni
  • migration
  • Cultural conceptualizations

Cite this