Dr Nabeela Ahmed

School of Geography and Planning

Lecturer in Human Geography

Nabeela Ahmed
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Dr Nabeela Ahmed
School of Geography and Planning
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Nabeela was awarded a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Sussex. Her thesis was based on ethnographic and survey fieldwork, working with labour migrants and access to state welfare in two of India's fastest growing cities.

Prior to her PhD, Nabeela worked as a practitioner for NGOs including BRAC in Bangladesh and I-Partner India in India.

She completed her MA in International Relations at Boston University and BA in English at the University of Cambridge.

Research interests

As a feminist critical geographer focused on postcolonial contexts, Nabeela's research interests and experience intersect three key domains: mobilities, borders and citizenship; urban inequalities (around class, gender and race); and digitisation and governance.

Nabeela's research is based mainly on ethnographic and collaborative methodologies, driven by a politics of social justice, and has to date been focused in South Asia.


Journal articles


  • Ahmed N (2020) Vulnerability and social protection access In Rajan I & M S (Ed.), Handbook of Internal Migration in India (pp. 720-737). SAGE RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

Nabeela's teaching interests are mutually informed by her research interests and overall agenda to address historically embedded and rapidly evolving inequalities of class, race, citizenship and gender.

Nabeela teaches across:

  • Urban geographies
  • Geographies of the 'global south'
  • Geographies of development
  • Feminist geographies and gender
  • Postcolonial geographies and 'race'