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Majed Akhter

Dr Majed Akhter

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Lecturer in Environment and Society

Office: Bush House North East Wing, Room 5.10

Email: majed.akhter@kcl.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

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
Publications

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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