Visiting Fellows & Researchers

at the South Asia Centre

Pic _Dr Md Shafiqul Islam

Dr Md. Shafiqul Islam Jan - Mar 2020

Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust Fellow

Md. Shafiqul Islam is currently Associate Professor and Head, Department of Environmental Science, State University of Bangladesh, Dhaka. He completed his PhD in Disaster Management from the University of Dhaka in 2019, focusing on community resilience, coping mechanisms, adaptation strategies, and sustainable approaches of drought management in the Barind Tract in Bangladesh, and has participated and presented his research findings widely, and has contributed UN Sustainable Development Report 2016.

During his Visitorship at the Centre, Shafiqul will conduct research on the social and ecological resilience of fisher folk to coastal disasters in Bangladesh.


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Dr Kishwar Munir  Jan - Mar 2020

Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Fellow

Kishwar Munir holds a PhD in Political Science from Punjab University, Pakistan, focusing on electoral politics and voting behaviour. She is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Integrated Social Science & Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Strategy and Policy Research at the University of Lahore. She has been a Visiting Fellow at The Stimson Center, Washington DC (July 2017), and has recently co-authored (with Iram Khalid) an article on judicial activism in Pakistan in South Asian Studies. Kishwar’s research interests include CPEC, terrorism, insurgency, regional and global security, and domestic politics in Pakistan. At the LSE South Asia Centre, Kishwar will be working on ‘Water Issues between Pakistan and India: Implications for Regional Security and Peace Process’. 



Dr Edward Anderson 2019 - 2021

Edward works on the contemporary history and politics of India and its diaspora. From 2015-19 he was Smuts Research Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge, and a Postdoctoral Affiliate at Trinity College, Cambridge. He completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge, and his Masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  His research explores Indian politics and contemporary history, diasporas and migration, social media and the internet, multiculturalism, and religious and ethnic nationalism. He has published in Modern Asian StudiesSouth Asian Studies, and Contemporary South Asia, and is co-editor (with Arkotong Longkumer) of Neo-Hindutva: Evolving Forms, Spaces, and Expressions of Hindu Nationalism (2020).



Ms Frauke Tom H Mennes May - Jun 2019 

Frauke’s research investigates how local democratic politics shape everyday life in a village in Rayalaseema, India. Located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, the region is marked by a violent history of what is locally termed ‘factionism’, where different higher caste groups violently vied for village supremacy in earlier times. Using ethnographic fieldwork, she attempts to understand how former factionist violence informs everyday present sociality in the village, as well as how factionist networks have shaped and continue to modalities of state presence and wider political processes. Frauke is registered for a doctoral program in the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.



Dr Hanako Nagata 2018 - 2019

Dr Nagata holds a PhD in the Social Sciences from the Ochanomizu University, Japan with a focus on South Asian economics and gender studies, and a specialism in the ready-made garment industry and related gender issues in Bangladesh. In 2014, she published Bangladeshi Industrialization and Gender: The International Transfers of Japanese Garment Corporations (in Japanese), based on extensive fieldwork in Dhaka (Bangladesh). She is a member of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), and regularly presents papers at international conferences. Since 2014, she is Associate Professor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ibaraki University, Japan.

During her Visitorship at the Centre, Dr Nagata will conduct research on the increasing ‘feminisation’ of the Labour Force, focusing on the women workers in the ready-made garment industry in Dhaka and Kolkata, especially concentrating on the theoretical paradigms surrounding this theme, and present her work to a wider audience in the United Kingdom.



Dr Tamara Relis 2016 - 2018

Dr. Relis is a Research Fellow in the LSE South Asia Centre. She is also a Barrister & Solicitor (UK) and a New York Attorney. Dr. Relis is currently working on a new book project, examining Human Rights, Access to Justice and Conflict Resolution involving Tibetan refugees in India, Nepal and Bhutan. She was awarded a British Academy / Leverhulme SRG grant to advance this project.

Earlier, Dr. Relis was a Research Fellow in the LSE law department, working on her 2nd book entitled: The Purchase of Human Rights: Standards and Legal Pluralism in the Global South (OUP, forthcoming). The manuscript is based on Dr. Relis' postdoctoral research in the LSE law department (British Academy & ESRC). She conducted fieldwork in 8 states of India, focusing on legal and lay actors' experiences in state courts, lok adalats and non-state justice mechanisms (panchayats, mahila panchayats, nari adalats ) processing human rights violation cases of violence against women.

Additionally, Dr. Relis was a professor of law, teaching human rights law, non-state justice and legal pluralism, and evidence in New York (Touro Law Centre). She was also a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University Law School in New York.



Dr Rizwan Naseer  2017 - 2018

Dr Naseer completed his PhD in International Relations from Jilin University, China in 2013, and is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad. 

Dr Naseer is currently working on a proposed book entitled South Asia’s Nuclear Security in the Global Nuclear Order which examines nuclear security in Pakistan and India, and the opportunity this presents for diplomacy and cooperation in the region.



Dr Musarat Amin 2017 - 2018

Dr Amin completed her PhD in International Politics from Jilin University China in 2013 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Defence and Diplomatic Studies (DDS) at Fatima Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi. She has also been serving as a faculty member at the department of Peace and Conflict Studies at National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad. She often appears on national media as current affairs analyst.

Dr Amin is currently doing post-doctoral research on Pakistan’s counter-terrorism strategy and impediments to the successful implementation of the National Action Plan at the South Asia Centre. Her research also includes analysis of softer approaches to mitigating terrorism through deradicalisation and peace education.



Dr Laura Zimmermann 2016

Dr Zimmermann holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan (2014) and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford (2008). Since August 2014, she is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia, United States with a joint position in Economics and International Affairs (the university’s political science department for all political scientists not working on the US). Her research lies at the intersection of political science and economics in the areas of political economy, development economics and comparative politics. She has presented her work widely at discipline-specific and interdisciplinary conferences and has contributed to established blogs like Ideas for India and World Bank Development Impact.