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Honorary Professor, Graduate School of Business & Law, RMIT University

My current research is on 'The Violence of Money' among the Anglo-Celtic and Indian communities in Australia. Gender is a continuing motif in my research on globalization and money, the sociology of money and banking, the sociology of migration and remittances, and the user centred design of information and communication technologies. My latest book is 'Money, Migration and Family: India to Australia' (2016: Palgrave Macmillan). My other recent books are 'Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective (2013: Rowman & Littlefield), and 'The Girls Ate Last' (2013: Angsana Publications).
Supriya retired from RMIT in October 2019.


  • 2020–present
    Honorary Professor, Graduate School of Business and Law
  • 2005–2019
    Professor, Sociology of Communications, RMIT
  • 2008–2014
    Leader, Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre


  • 1995 
    La Trobe University, PhD/Sociology and Anthropology
  • 1967 
    Drew University, Madison, N.J, MA/Political Science
  • 1965 
    Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, MA / Sociology and Anthropology


  • 2019
    The daughter-in-law questions remittances: Changes in the gender of remittances among Indian migrants to Australia, Global Networks, 19(2), 197-217.
  • 2016
    Money, Migration and Family: India to Australia, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2013
    The Girls Ate Last, Angsana Publications
  • 2013
    Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective, Rowman and Littlefield
  • 2013
    Remittances as a Currency of Care: Contested Representations of Money and the Idea of Family, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 36(1): 50-64,
  • 2012
    Money management and control in the Indian joint family across generations., The Sociological Review, 60(1), 46-67.
  • 1997
    Marriage Money: The Social Shaping of Money in Marriage and Banking, Allen and Unwin
  • 1991
    The Bankers: Australia's Leading Bankers Talk about Banking Today, Allen and Unwin
  • 1984
    On the Sulu Sea, Angsana Publications
  • 1984
    Bank Negara Malaysia: The First 25 Years 1959-1984, Bank Negara Malaysia

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Smart Services CRC
    Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    Smart Services CRC

Research Areas

  • Family And Household Studies (160301)
  • Gender Specific Studies (169901)
  • Sociology (1608)
  • Migration (160303)
  • Globalisation And Culture (200206)


RMIT University Research Excellence Award, College of Business, 2013