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Research interests

I'm interested in the politics of underdevelopment and dependency, with a particular focus on Pakistan and South Asia. I research how domestic political interests and a global division of labour shape agrarian/rural political economies and ecologies; and, in turn, how we can understand the social bases of politics—especially the constraints and opportunities facing working classes and marginalized groups in asserting their political and economic agency.

By focusing on agrarian political economy, I also engage with questions of political ecology, social movements, political order, and radical theories of liberation (Marxism and decolonization).

I am currently a collaborator on a project funded by the Association of Asian Studies to investigate the growth of the rice value chain in Pakistan and its implications for power relations and ecology. I am also a collaborator on an economic history project examining  the contemporary developmental and political implications of colonial land allocation in Pakistan.

Prior to joining the University of Bath in 2023, I held academic positions at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) in Pakistan.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on the political economy/ecology of agrarian or rural change, rural politics (e.g., social movements, social bases of elections, etc.), critical histories of development policy in the Global South, and more broadly on understanding dependency, imperialism, and peripheral capitalism.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

External positions

Research Fellow, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre, Lahore University of Management Sciences

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