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Majed Akhter

Dr Majed Akhter


Lecturer in Environment and Society

Office: Bush House North East Wing, Room 5.10









Majed Akhter was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and has lived and worked in Pakistan (Lahore and Karachi) and the United States (Atlanta, Tucson, and Bloomington). Before becoming a geographer, he was a resource economist and an industrial engineer.

Research interests
  • Technopolitics
  • Physical infrastructures
  • Water resources
  • State theory
  • Marxism
  • Pakistan
PhD supervision
  • Historical geography and politics of Pakistan
  • Politics of large physical infrastructures
  • Critical approaches to environment and development (especially water)
  • Geopolitics of state formation

Akhter, M. (2018). Geopolitics of the Belt and Road: Space, sate, and capital in China and Pakistan. In Neilson, B., Rossiter, N. and Samaddar, R. (eds.). Logistical Asia: The labour of making a world region. Palgrave Macmillan: Singapore. 221-241. 

Akhter, M. The proliferation of peripheries: Militarized drones and the reconfiguration of global space. Accepted in Progress in Human Geography.

Akhter, M. (2017). The political ecology of the water scarcity/security nexus in the Indus Basin: Decentering per capita water supply. In Adeel, Z. and Wirsing, R. (eds). Imagining Industan: Overcoming water insecurity in the Indus Basin. Springer: New York. 21-33.

Akhter, M. (2017). Desiring the data state in the Indus Basin. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 42(3): 377-389.

Akhter, M. (2015). Dams as a climate change adaptation strategy: Geopolitical implications for Pakistan. Strategic Analysis 39(6): 744-748.

Akhter, M. (2015). Infrastructure nation: State space, hegemony, and hydraulic regionalism in Pakistan. Antipode 47(4): 849-870.

Akhter, M., and Ormerod, K. (2015). The irrigation technozone: State power, expertise, and agrarian development in the U.S. West and British Punjab, 1880-1920. Geoforum 60: 123-132.

Akhter, M. (2015). The hydropolitical Cold War: The Indus Waters Treaty and state formation in Pakistan.Political Geography 46 (3): 65-75.

Shaw, I.G.R., and Akhter, M. (2014). The dronification of state violence. Critical Asian Studies 46(2): 211-234.

Akhter, M. (2014). State, society and power: Towards a new political economy of Pakistan. Economic and Political Weekly 49 (26/27): 49-50. [Introduction to Sp. Is.]

Basu, P., Pawson, E., Akhter, M., Palmer, D., & Mervine, V. M. (2014). Connecting high school and university teachers in national and international contexts. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 38(1): 40-48.

Akhter, M. (2013). The geopolitics of dam design on the Indus. Economic and Political Weekly 48(19): 24-26.

Shaw, I.G.R., and Akhter, M. (2012). The unbearable humanness of drone warfare in FATA, Pakistan.Antipode 44(4): 1490-1509.

Akhter, M., Ormerod, K., and Scott, C.A. (2010). Lost in translation: Resilience, social agency, and water planning in Tucson, Arizona. Critical Planning (17): 46-66.


Available online

Akhter, M. (2017). The politics of water insecurity. Al Jazeera English.

Akhter, M. (2016). Water security in South Asia: Between state and society. Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs 3(1): 37-41.

Akhter, M. (2015). Infrastructures of colonialism and resistance. Tanqeed (9)

Akhter, M. (2014). Electrifying development.

Tanqeed Mustafa, D., Akhter, M., and N. Nasrallah. (2013). Understanding Pakistan's Water/Security Nexus. Peaceworks (88). Washington D.C.: United States Institute of Peace.

Akhter, M. (2012) . Floods are not (just) natural. Tanqeed (2) Optional section title: Book review essays Akhter, M. (2015). Writing neoliberal waters. Dialectical Anthropology 39(2): 233-238.

Akhter, M. (2013). Writing the Mughal State as a spatial process. Economic and Political Weekly 48(40): 31-36.

Akhter, M. (2012). The politics of Islam and democracy in Pakistan. Critical Asian Studies 44(3): 499-504.


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