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Dr Negar Elodie Behzadi is a French/Iranian feminist geographer of environment and development, trained in France and the UK. For several years, she was an environmental and social executive for a multilateral development project in Southeast Asia.

In 2012, she graduated with a first-class degree in Environment and Development (MA Geography) at King’s College London. She then carried on her academic training with a DPhil in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford (2018).

Negar's doctoral research explored the working lives of men, women and children in a context of politico-ecological transformation in post-Soviet Tajikistan. In observing gendered work and resource struggles, her research built a complex understanding of how gender comes into being in this post-Soviet Muslim context, marked by significant political and environmental shifts.

Her work investigated how gender, Muslimness and tradition were reconfigured in the wake of broader politico-ecological transformations and their local impacts through work and resource struggles.

Negar is also an aspiring documentary filmmaker – interested in the connections between visual and embodied approaches to research and social sciences methodologies. She is currently working on a short documentary based on her ethnographic work in Tajikistan. She previously coordinated the Visual and Embodied Methodologies (VEM) network at King’s.


  • Feminist post and decolonial theory
  • Feminist political ecology
  • Resource extraction
  • Children and youth
  • Feminist geopolitics
  • Geographies of Muslimness
  • Child labour/gender and labour
  • Tajikistan

Negar’s work brings the insights of feminist political ecology, labour geography and the sensibilities of an ethnographer to issues of work, migration, resource struggles, gender and Muslimness in the Global South and the post-Soviet Muslim South. She undertakes empirically grounded research on topical development issues with marginalised communities – women, men and children informal and precarious labourers in an extractive coal landscape marked by the emergence of Chinese investments in post-Soviet Tajikistan.

Her work fosters conversations between different strands of feminist geographical research: geographies of Muslim identities, post/decolonial geography, political ecology, labour geography, children and youth geographies and feminist geopolitics.

Negar is currently co-editing a book on Extraction and Exclusion and working on publishing her research in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

Further details

See Negar's research profile