Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar

Professor, City & Regional Planning and Director Karachi Urban Lab Department: Social Sciences On-board Status: Available

Work Experience

  • Professor, City & Regional Planning at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jun-2019 to PRESENT)
  • Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Mar-2016 to Jun-2019)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Singapore, at Asia Research Institute, National University (Aug-2012 to Jul-2014)
  • Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Feb-2011 to Mar-2016)
  • Guest Lecturer, Department of Architecture & Planning, at NED Karachi (Jan-2011 to Apr-2011)
  • Guest Lecturer at Aga Khan University (Dec-2010 to Jan-2011)
  • Academic Advisor, Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi at Virtual Education Project Pakistan (VEPP), H.E.J (Oct-2010 to Jan-2011)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow South Asia Initiative at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (Sep-2008 to Aug-2009)
  • Teaching Assistant School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University (Sep-1991 to Dec-1991)


  • PhD (City & Regional Planning), Columbia UniversityNew York, USA - 2008
  • MA (International Policy Analysis & Public Management), Columbia University - 1992
  • BA (Political Science), City University, New York - 1985

Membership & Affiliations:

  • MEMBER, Board of Director, (KWSB)
  • MEMBER, Editorial Committee
  • MEMBER, GUONet Steering Committee
  • MEMBER, Partner, (RIUFT)
  • MEMBER, SESS, Board of Studies (IBA)
  • MEMBER, Founder & Director, (KUL)
  • MEMBER, Assoc American Geographers
  • MEMBER, Association of Asian Studies
  • MEMBER, Regional Studies Association

Research Interests

  • City & Regional Planning

Courses Taught


Research Output

  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Ustaads, Shagirds and Drudgery and Virtuosity of Breakdowns and Repair: Keeping Karachi in Motion", Economic and Political Weekly, Dec 26, 2020, Mumbai, India
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Malini Sur "Keeping Cities in Motion: An Introduction to the Labours of Repair and Maintenance in South Asia. Introduction essay co-authored with Dr Malini Sur and prepared for Special Issue (Anwar & Sur eds.)", Economic and Political Weekly, Dec 26, 2020, Mumbai, India
  • Adam Abdullah, Maheen Arif, Soha Macktoom, Arsam Saleem, Muhammed Toheed, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Dr. Gulnaz Anjum, Amiera Sawas "Why the Covid-19 Crisis is an Urban Crisis", Prism (Dawn), Apr 14, 2020, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sawas, Amiera, Castan Bruto, Vanessa, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Rehman Abdul "Intersectional coproduction and infrastructural violence: experiences from Pakistan.", Community Development Journal, Jan 01, 2020, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Amiera Sawas, Daanish Mustafa "Without Water, there is no Life’: Negotiating Everyday Risks and Gendered Insecurities in Karachi’s Informal Settlements", Urban Studies, Apr 23, 2019, United Kingdom
  • Daanish Mustafa, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Amiera Sawas "Gender, Global Terror, and everyday Violence in Urban Pakistan", Political Geography, Mar 01, 2019, England
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Sarwat Viqar, Daanish Mustafa "Intersections of Gender, Mobility, and Violence in Urban Pakistan", Social Theories of Urban Violence in the Global South: Towards Safe and Inclusive Cities. Jennifer Erin Salahub, Markus Gottsbacher, John de Boer (Eds.), Apr 14, 2018
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Planning Mega Futures in South-Central Asia: Infrastructure’s “Contingent” Utopia", in Tim Bunnell & Daniel P. S. Goh (Eds.) "Urban Asias: Essays on Futurity Past and Present", Mar 27, 2018, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Receding Rurality, Booming Periphery: Value Struggles in Karachis Agrarian-Urban Frontier", Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), Mar 24, 2018
  • Dr. Amiera Sawas, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "For the Many, not for the Few? Climate-Related Mega Projects and Human Security in Pakistan", Blog: Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research, Jan 17, 2018
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Cities, Climate Change and Pakistan’s Extended Urbanization", Dawn Newspaper Blog, Sep 20, 2017, Pakistan
  • Dr. Amiera Sawas, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "For Pakistan, China’s huge energy investments may have serious political costs", The Conversation, The Huffington Post .....and shared/republished in various other online newspaper sites, Jan 14, 2017
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Sarwat Viqar "Research Assistants, Reflexivity and the Politics of Fieldwork in Urban Pakistan", Area, Nov 09, 2016
  • Richard M. Friend, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Ajaya Dixit et al. (7 more authors) "Re-Imagining Inclusive Urban Futures for Transformation", Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Jun 01, 2016
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Asian Mobilities and State Governance at the Geographic Margins: Geopolitics and Oil Tales from Karachi to Taftan", Environment and Planning A, May 25, 2016, England
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Daanish Mustafa, Amiera Sawas, Sharmeen Malik "Gender and Violence in Urban Pakistan:Final Report", Project of International Development Research Centre, Apr 26, 2016, Canada
  • Richard Friend, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Shiraz Wajih, Ajaya Dixit, T. Jayaraman, Khanin Hutanuwatr, Meena Manon "Re-imagining Inclusive Urban Futures for Transformation: An Agenda for Engaged Research and Informed Public Dialogue. Project Funded by ISSC", Future Earth, Aug 20, 2015
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "‘The Bengali Can Return to His Desh but the Burmi Can’t Because He Has No Desh’: Dilemmas of Desire and Belonging amongst the Burmese-Rohingya and Bangladeshi Migrants in Pakistan", in Baas M. (Ed.) Transnational Migration and Asia: THE QUESTION OF RETURN, Jul 01, 2015, Netherlands Antilles
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Mapping Politics in/of the Modern City: Cartography as Representation", Exhausted Geographies, Jun 01, 2015, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Infrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan & Beyond", , Jan 15, 2015, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Sarwat Viqar "Producing Cosmopolitan Karachi: Freedom, Security and Urban Redevelopment in the Post-Colonial Metropolis", South Asia History and Culture, Apr 23, 2014
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "The Postcolonial City in South Asia", Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Mar 01, 2014
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Urban Transformations: Brokers, Collaborative Governance & Community Building in Karachi’s Periphery", South Asian History and Culture, Jan 01, 2014
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Thinking beyond ‘Engines of Growth’: Re-Conceptualizing Urban Planning Discourse in Pakistan", Journal of Research in Architecture and Planning, Jul 01, 2013, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Planning Karachis Urban Futures", Asia Research Institute, Working Paper Series No. 203, Jun 01, 2013, Singapore
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Experiences of ‘Illegality’ in Burmese-Rohingya & Bangladeshi Migrant Enclaves in Karachi: Negotiating New Conjunctures of Citizenship", Citizenship Studies, Jan 01, 2013, Oxfordshire, England
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "State Power, Civic Participation & the Urban Frontier: The Politics of the Commons in Karachi", Antipode A Radical Journal of Geography, Jun 01, 2012
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Ending Islamic Solidarity in Post 9/11 Pakistan: New Restrictions on Migrants", Asia Pacific Memo #100, Sep 13, 2011, University of British Columbia, England
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Citizenship, Surveillance, and Sovereignty: Managing Burmese & Bangladeshi Migrants in Transnational Pakistani Spaces", Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference. Panel titled Rethinking Citizenship in Asia: Comparative Perspectives on Recent Trends, Mar 31, 2011, United States
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Institutional Actors, Learning, and Agency: Some Lessons on Infrastructure Provision for SME Industrial Districts in Sialkot, Pakistan", Journal of Infrastructure Development., Dec 01, 2010, Sialkot, Pakistan
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar "Inefficiencies in Public Electricity Provision and Impacts on Firms in Karachis Manufacturing Sector", The Pakistan Development Review, Jul 01, 1999, Pakistan


  • Principal Investigator from IDS/Sussex: Building Infrastructures of Climate Repair in the 24-Hour Risk City: Learning from Karachi and Nairobi. British Academy, Knowledge Frontiers Grant, for £200,000 (IBA share £40,000), with Open University, Geography Department, UK. April 2022- April 2024.  

  • Co-Principal Investigator from KUL/IBA: Cool Infrastructures: Life with Heat in the Off-Grid City. ESRC, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), for £1.8 Million (Co-Pi share £281,000), with University of Edinburgh, UK.  September 2020 - September 2023. 

  • Co-Investigator from KUL/IBA: Tackling a global pandemic in Asian Megacities: Uneven vulnerabilities, State responses and grassroots practices. Regional Studies Association Policy Expo Grant, for £2500 with University of Melbourne. June 2021 – September 2022.  

  • Network Director from KUL/IBA: Urban Violence & Climate Change Risk. Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Network Call £150,000, with University of Nottingham, UK. January 2020 – March 2022.  

  • Co-Principal Investigator from KUL/IBA: Popular Economies: experiments, learning and new modes of anti-poverty intervention in rapidly changing urban environments. GCRF grant £7500 with Urban Institute, Sheffield University, UK. February 2019 – June 2019 

  • Principal Investigator from KUL/IBA: Governance, Gender & the Politics of Land Displacement in urban Pakistan. IDRC, CAD $350,000. May 2018 – February 2021. 

  • Principal Investigator from IBA: Climate Adaptation, Land Acquisition and Security: The Gendered Politics of Dispossession in South Asia with Grantham Institute, Imperial College London. AHRC-ESRC, £100,000 grant. November 2016 - May 2018. 

  • Principal Investigator from IBA: Gender and Violence in Urban Pakistan with King’s College London. IDRC-DFID, CAD $500,000.  June 2013 – April 2016. 

  • Co-Principal Investigator from IBA: Media, ‘Everyday’ Cinema, & the Meaning of Public Space in Urban Asia, with Tentative Collective, Karachi. United States Institute for Peace (USIP), USD $25,000. July 2013 - June 2014.  

  • Principal Investigator from National University Singapore: Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema, with Tentative Collective, Karachi.  Asia Research Institute (ARI), SGD $5000. May 2013. 

  • Principal Investigator from National University Singapore: Violence, Insurgencies, Deceptions: Conceptualizing Urban Life in South Asia. Asia Research Institute (ARI), SGD $25,000. November 2013. 

  • Principal Investigator: Migration and Citizenship in Pakistan. Faculty Research Grant, Harvard University, USD $5000.  April 2009.