Nausheen H. Anwar

Nausheen H. Anwar is Associate Professor City & Regional Planning, Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts (SSLA), Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan.

She received her PhD from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University. She also holds a MIA from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University. From 2008-2009, Nausheen was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, and from 2012 -2014 a senior research fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore.

Nausheen’s work focuses on policies, plans and ideas that sustain urban and regional inequality and the role planning plays in the production of space/place. She has authored a book: Infrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan & Beyond (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), which explores, through detailed cases of Sialkot and Faisalabad in industrializing Punjab, the double-edged narratives of development that frame infrastructure in post-independence Pakistan.

Her ongoing research involves two projects: the first examines the intersections between infrastructure, vulnerability and violence and related reconfigurations in the gendered politics of everyday urban life in Pakistan; the second looks at the socio-spatial politics of planning regional and urban futures as imagined through mega-infrastructure projects such as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Nausheen is the recipient of several grants: a 3-year grant from the International Development Research Center (IDRC) on “Gender and Violence in Urban Pakistan”; and an 18-month grant from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) on “Climate Adaptation, Land Acquisition and Security: the Gendered Politics of Dispossession in Pakistan”. Aspects of Nausheen’s work also appear in the journals AntipodeSingapore Journal of Tropical Geography, and Environment and Planning A.


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