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PhD Students

Zoha Waseem


Research Interests: 

  • Pakistan
  • Policing and Security
  • Urban Violence
  • Counterterrorism
  • Police Culture

Thesis Project:

"Enforcement, Encounters and the Everyday: Contemporary Policing in Karachi, Pakistan"

The aim of this research is to examine the role of Pakistani police forces in countering violence and terrorism in cities, focusing primarily on Karachi. This is an ethnographic research that investigates how a mega-city of the global South has shaped the institutional culture of the police, and what the police can reveal about the Pakistani state.  


Professor Christophe Jaffrelot
Professor Anatol Lieven 


Zoha holds an MA (2:1) in Terrorism, Security and Society (King's College London) and a LLB (Honours) (School of Oriental and African Studies). Prior to her undergraduate, Zoha has studied in Karachi, Chicago and Washington DC. She has interned at several news channels in Pakistan. Between 2012 and 2013, she interned at the Public Safety and Terrorism Sub-Directorate at Interpol at their headquarters in Lyon. 

Conference Papers:

"Encountering the Everyday: Discussing Police Culture and the Use of Force in Karachi", at the ISA Annual Convention, 18-21 February 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

"Rethinking Security and Insecurity in a Postcolonial Megacity: Countering Urban Violence, Organised Crime and Religious Militancy in Karachi", at the Oxford University Conference, 'Urban South Asia: 1850 to the Present', 02 October 2014 

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