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Asma Abdi (she/her) is an international Chancellor's PhD researcher at the department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS). She is interested in looking at gender relations in the Middle Eastern contexts mostly from a feminist international political economy (FIPE) perspective and within a local-global framework. Asma holds an MA in women’s and gender studies from the University of Hull and an LLM in International Human Rights from the University of Tehran/Iran. At PAIS she currently looks at the questions of gender relations, social reproduction, intimate geopolitics, and informalisation and cheapening of women’s labour in Iran over the last decade and with the intensification of the sanction regime on Iran. Asma’s project is supervised by Prof. Nicola Pratt and Prof. Juanita Elias.
Feminist international political economy (FIPE) theory
Social Reproduction Theory
The political economy of intimacy/intimate geopolitics
Women's participation in paid economy (Questions of informalisation, flexibilisation, and cheapening of women's labour in the non-West)
Feminist Post/decolonial theory
Decolonisation of knowledge
Gender relations, women's movements, and women's everyday lives in the Middle East/Iran.
2021-2022: Senior Seminar Tutor for PO131 World Politics
2022-2023: Senior Seminar Tutor for PO353 Gender and Development
Abdi, A. (2020). Bordered imaginations: The politics of reading and reception of ‘third world’ women’s literary texts in transnational spheres. In S. Clisby (ed.). Gender, Sexuality, and Identities of the Borderlands (pp. 74-87). Routledge.
Asma's paper "Towards a Feminist Geopolitics of Economic Sanctions and Gendered Insecurity: The case of Iran" was the winner of the Honorable mention (runner-up paper) for the 2022 BISA Colonial, Postcolonial, Decolonial (CPD) Early Career Researcher Paper Prize.