Dr Pratima Sambajee


Work, Employment and Organisation


Personal statement

I am a lecturer in International Management. I teach sujects that pertain to cross-cultural management, work and migration in the global economy. I joined the University of Strathclyde after graduating from the University of Sunderland with a PhD in Culture.

Alongside teaching, I am also actively engaged in research with interests in work and migration in the UK/EU and global south contexts such as sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, India, south east and  central Asia.

I have explored the context of work and migration from several perspectives including a capabilities approach, social justice and rights based approaches, and health and wellbeing. I work with academics, non-governmental organisations, policy-makers, employers and trade-unions, to do research with impact.

I welcome research ideas and collaborations on the above topics from fellow academics as well as students at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

Outside work, my personal hobbies include running, mountain hikes and cooking.

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Area of Expertise

  • Cross-cultural management
  • Work and migration
  • Capabilities approach
  • Labour law
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Work and climate change

Prize And Awards

From informal to small and medium enterprise sector: an analysis of management practices employed by SMEs in Mauritius

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I am the deputy programme director for the Intergrated Masters in International Business and Modern Languages (MIBML), and the programme director (Management) for the MSc Finance and Management degree.

I teach Introduction to International Business; International Business Analysis; Organising and Managing accross Cultures; Contemporary Issues and Trends in International Business; People, Work and the Global Economy; Comparative Employment Relations; Labour and Diversity and Research Methods for Projects.

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Research Interests

My research is mainly international and twofold: first, I want to understand the dynamics of work in global south countries, from micro, meso and macro level perspectives; and second, I want to understand the experiences of workers from the global south who travel to more developed countries for work.

Work in the global economy is complex. The global south and migration patterns around it play an important part in deepening this complexity. Against this backgroumd, I am particularly interested in understanding the experiences of workers (domestic and migrant), employers and policy. This cuts accross themes such as social justice, rights, voice, dignity, , capabilities, health and wellbeing. 


Professional Activities

EURAM Annual Conference
University of Nottingham (External organisation)
Africa Research Group
MRES: Exploring the Perceptions and Experiences of E-Learning in Consultancy Organizations: A qualitative study with a focus on the Indian context
Developing collaboration and action between the Uzbek Forum for Human rights and Strathclyde University
What's next for human rights in Uzbekistan?

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Climate change and the rise of precarious work among agriculture and construction workers in a small island developing state.
Sambajee, Pratima (Academic) Garvey, Brian (Academic)
Small island developing states (SIDS) are among the first and worst affected by climate change despite making a very small contribution to the overall global emissions that cause climate change.. For over 20 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has played a key role in raising awareness of and implementing actions to manage the health risks of climate change, particularly global warming within SIDS (WHO, 2018) but the challenges remain. Risks can arise from direct exposures, indirect exposures and via economic and social disruptions (Smith et al., 2014). In this proposed research we focus on direct exposures to high atmospheric temperature extremes that are increasing in frequency and intensity in SIDS and are projected to continue along this trend (Hoegh-Guldberg, 2018). Specifically, we focus on Mauritius, an Indian Ocean-African SIDS, where there is an increasing trend of reported heat stress and heat-related injuries in the construction and agricultural sectors (ILO, 2019). We situate precarious work in the context of climate change, in this case extreme temperatures associated with global warming. We will examine climate change as a potential factor exacerbating experiences of precariousness among agriculture and construction workers, often migrants from global south countries like India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The study will collect evidence to (a) explore the relevance of climate change as a contributor and multiplier of precarity at work, and (b) produce occupational health policy-relevant evidence for workers in the two sectors. Both outcomes are timely for improving the climate change preparedness of relevant sectors in SIDS.
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2027
GCRF_NF127 A capabilities assessment of Covid-19 changes to the Workers? Rights Act in Mauritius: implications for domestic and migrant workers
Sambajee, Pratima (Principal Investigator) McGuire, Darren (Co-investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Yusof, Zatun Najahah (Researcher)
21-Jan-2020 - 20-Jan-2022
Cities as mobility hubs: tackling social exclusion through ‘smart’ citizen engagement SMARTDEST
Baum, Thomas (Principal Investigator) Briken, Kendra (Co-investigator) Sambajee, Pratima (Co-investigator)
Cities as mobility hubs: tackling social exclusion through ‘smart’ citizen engagement(SMARTDEST) H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2018
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Informal tourism entrepreneurs in Kenya
Sambajee, Pratima (Academic) Baum, Thomas (Academic) Kiptoo, Maryline (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2023
Policy Implementation in the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) sector in Kenya since 2008
Sambajee, Pratima (Principal Investigator) Weston, Alia (Co-investigator)
Research between 2008 and 2014 shows ongoing problems faced by MSEs in Kenya, much similar to those faced prior to 2008 despite the introduction of pro-MSE initiatives under Vision 2030. These include recurring problems around access to credit (Atieno, 2009a, 2009b; Mwangi, 2010; Odongo, 2013; Wanambisi & Bwisa, 2013; Kiboki et al, 2014), business skills development (Kimweli, 2009; Okumu, 2010; Messah & Wangai, 2011; Osanjo, 2012; Ngugi & Bwisa, 2013), marketing (Kimani et al, 2009; Kithae et al, 2012; Ruhiu et al, 2014), access to information and technology (Mosomi, 2011; Mon’gare, 2013; Kithae et al, 2013), growth and innovation (Daniels 2010; Kiraka et al, 2013), women entrepreneurs (Wawire & Nafukwo, 2010; Messah & Wangai, 2011; Mwangi, 2014) and internationalisation (Gitau & Otuya, 2014). These are evidence that MSE policy changes and initiatives in Vision 2030 have not started to reap the benefits anticipated. Recommendations by these researchers have been to advise for further policy amendments including increasing state economic support. Little is known about the problems around implementation of these pro-MSE policies to the exception of a recent work of Moyi (2014) on MSE associations. Exploring the process of policy implementation is well grounded in Western practice but rare in the African case (Juma & Clark, 1995). The seminal work of Pressman and Wildavsky on policy implementation identified implementation as crucial (Pressman & Wildavsky, 1973). Furthermore, Juma and Clark’s work on Policy Research in sub-Saharan Africa stated that ‘implementers interact with policy-makers by adapting new policies, co-opting the embodied project designs or simply ignoring new policies, hence underscoring the fact that implementers are crucial actors whose actions determine the success or failure of policy initiatives’ (p.126). This research thus proposes to adopt an implementation perspective in order to provide explanations for the observed underperformances of the MSE sector. This will contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics between policy and its beneficiaries by involving implementers.
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2016
Practices and strategies leading to Formalisation of Informal Businesses in Mauritius
Sambajee, Pratima (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2015

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Dr Pratima Sambajee
Work, Employment and Organisation

Email: pratima.sambajee@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 553 6011