Dr Nabeela Ahmed


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Nabeela Ahmed is a geographer interested in the intersections of urban studies, governance and precariousness in post-colonial contexts. At SIID, she is looking at the role of digitisation in Indian governance on shaping precarity and citizenship rights among labourers in Delhi, India with a focus on women. 

Her PhD at the University of Sussex looked at access to social protection and precarity among labour migrants in India’s fastest-growing cities. She has since completed a post-doctorate on the British Academy GCRF project at King’s College London, ‘Disconnected infrastructures and violence against women’ which studied linkages between gendered violence and urban infrastructures.

Previously, Nabeela taught Geographies of Development and Inequality for undergraduates during her doctorate. She has also guest lectured on Social Research Methods at the Department of Geography, King’s College London, Gender in Development at the University of Sheffield and developed lectures on gender, coloniality and social resistance movements for non-profit organisations. 

Prior to her academic career, she worked with several NGOs in South Asia, including BRAC in Bangladesh and various civil society organisations across India, working mainly on education and gender initiatives in urban informal settlements. She also worked and published with the ‘Gender Adolescence Global Evidence (GAGE)’ project at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Make All Voices Count Social Accountability programme on South Asia with the Institute of Development Studies.

Nabeela is currently Lead investigator on GCRF Frontiers of Development Seed Fund – Tranche 3 (2019-2020): Mobilising women: navigating urban infrastructures and resilience in Dhaka, Bangladesh.’ Funding received from joint British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society initiative. She has also received competitive GCRF funding for her current SIID research – ‘Digital Precarities.’

Research interests:

Cities; migration, post-colonial and decolonial studies; gender; digital infrastructures; precariousness and resilience

Publications:

Journal Articles

Datta, A. and Ahmed, N. (2020) Intimate Infrastructures: The rubrics of gendered safety and urban violence in Thiruvananthapuram Geoforum  110 (67-76)

Ahmed, N. (under review) ‘Precarious infrastructures: destabilising and respatialising urban citizenship through migration in India’ Urban Studies. Special Issue: Infrastructure and Urban Vulnerability.

Book chapters

Ahmed, N. (2019) ‘Vulnerability and social protection access’ in (eds) Rajan, I. and Sumeetha, M. Handbook of internal migration in India New Delhi: SAGE.

Ahmed, N. and Datta, A. (forthcoming) ‘Beyond the digital divide: Digital infrastructures and violence against women in urban Kerala’ in (eds) Sabhlok, A. and Truelove, Y. Gendered Infrastructures. Gender, Feminism and Geography Series. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press.

Non-academic/web-based

Ahmed, N. and Deshingkar, P. (April 1, 2020) ‘Locked out under Coronavirus lockdown – continuing exclusion of India’s migrant workforce’ Discover Society. [Accessed here]

Datta, A. and Ahmed, N. (2019) ‘Intimate Infrastructures’ [Accessed here]

Datta, A., Tripathi, R. and Ahmed, N. (October 31, 2018) “#MeToo Has Arrived in India, and It’s Changing How Technology Is Used to Fight Injustice.” The Conversation. [Accessed here