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Research interests

Touseef is an Assistant Professor teaching units mainly around conflict and development studies at the Centre for Development Studies within the Department of Social and Policy Sciences (SPS) at the University of Bath. His research takes a principally multidisciplinary approach sitting at the intersection conflict studies, comparative politics and everyday state and society. Using ethnographic (qualitative) methodology, his work upends the gaze to popular experience side of the state-society debate within conflict studies. His work particularly looks at the protracted conflict situation of Kashmir. The research principally explores, how the (repressive) political structures condition and inform the individual behaviour(s); and, how (as an experience of the political structures) different individuals develop institutionalised responses to socially navigate them?

           His work also endeavours to integrate academic scholarship and practice as a means development intervention and policy information. Apart from a decade plus journalism and activism experience in Kashmir, his engagements include the founding of an online education and awareness platform for Kashmir – Pe’nd Online. The platform with 43K followers (circa!) has been running live weekly panel discussions on social media since April 2020 on issues of significance to the Kashmiris. Through its engagement in Koshur (Kashmiri language) the endeavour attempts to decolonise not only the space, but also the discourse.

     He was also part of a collective – the concrete collective, that conducted a series of workshops within the University of East Anglia in 2022 to explore and document the experiences of PhD students of colour. The workshops culminated in the production of a zine, with Touseef as one of the authors.

            Touseef also through Pe’nd Online, British Kashmiri Charitable Foundation and Athwas UK launched an open fundraiser for Kashmir during Covid-19 pandemic in 2021. The fundraiser led to donation of 39 oxygen concentrators and a dialysis machine for free public use in Kashmir.

Teaching interests

Touseef is an accomplished teacher with a special passion for community and public education. His teaching style is highly interactive with a strong focus on decolonial praxis. He possesses a total of seven years’ teaching experience having taught units around conflict, development and academic writing and research at both UG and PGT levels.

            He goes by the teaching philosophy (mainly drawing from constructivist and behavioural learning theories focussed on personal agency of students supplemented by an enabling environment) that students perform best when they are provided with a stimulating, supportive and participatory learning environment that continually foregrounds and explores the interplay between theory and empirical application.

           Touseef currently convenes Masters modules: Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Conflict Development and Peacebuilding (residential) and Undergraduate modules: Conflict Security and International Development, International Politics of Development and Development Policy and Practice. He also teaches on the module International Development: Social and Cultural Perspectives. 

            He has also conducted educative lecture series on issues like: decolonising academia (given UEA Engagement Award 2021), PhD proposal and research writing.

          Over recent years (especially as part of his academic outreach and community engagement activities) Touseef has forged North-South and South-South collaborations and been instrumental in numerous community-university partnerships principally through the online educational initiative focussed on decolonial approach to knowledge production – Pe’nd online – that he founded in April 2020. Ever since its inception, he’s used this platform to deliver a yearly lecture series teaching key research skills to PhD students and PhD aspirants.  The lectures have also been given by eminent South Asian academics from the UK and USA.  Several of the PhD aspirants in the annual series have secured offers from prestigious universities, and the recorded sessions are freely available to all.

 

Other responsibilities

Touseef currently supervises six undergraduate final year dissertations. He also is the academic tutor for First year International Development with Economics students and the personal tutor for MSc International Development students. Touseef also is the admissions tutor for International Development with Economics.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Development and Conflict Studies , Doctor of Philosophy, Living Zulm, Navigating Rasookh in Kashmir: Informal institutions in a militarised authoritarian regime, University of East Anglia

1 Oct 201730 Mar 2022

Award Date: 17 May 2022

External positions

Governing Council Member/Trustee, Development Studies Association

Jun 2023 → …

Research Affiliate Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, University at Buffalo State University of New York

Dec 2022 → …

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