Touseef Mir

Touseef Mir


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Research interests

Touseef is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences (SPS) at the University of Bath. His work 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 teaches on modules Conflict Security and International Development, Introduction to International Development, The Social Science of Climate change and Doing Research for International Development. 

         He is the convenor for modules: Contemporary Issues in South Asian Development, Development Policy and Practice, Civil Society and NGO's in the Developing World and Management in International Development. 

                   He has also conducted educative lecture series on issues like: decolonising academia (given UEA Engagement Award 2021), PhD proposal writing, securing higher education in UK and USA. The lecture series got renowned academic scholars from UK and USA on board to engage with the Kashmiri aspiring student community in particular and the wider student community in general.

Other responsibilities

Touseef currently gives supervision (and pastoral support) to seven undergraduate final year students. The main responsibilities include supervision on their research dissertation. Weekly group tutorials on research and dissertation and biweekly (individual) supervisions regarding the proress of their research and other pastoral support. 

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, University of East Anglia

1 Oct 201730 Mar 2022

Award Date: 17 May 2022


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