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Asma Abdi

Asma Abdi

PhD Candidate

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Fridays 4-6 pm (E2.10 (located in PAIS building)

Dr Asma Abdi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Advance Study (IAS) at the University of Warwick. Her research interests and experience revolve around the intersection of global political economy, feminist theory and post/decolonial approaches. She specialises in exploring the overlapping of gender and race concerning questions of labour, social reproduction, informal economies, neo-liberal capitalism, and women’s movements in the Global South, with a specific focus, so far, on the Middle East/Iran. Prior to her current position, she was an international Chancellor’s PhD scholar at the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, where she explored the shifting gendered dimensions of labour, social reproduction and survival in Iran following the intensification of the sanction regime on the country since the early 2010s. Bringing together the insights from both feminist International Political Economists (IPE) as well as feminist post/decolonial scholars, Asma's thesis also develops a decolonial and feminist understanding of economic sanctions as an under-explored tool of international coercion and order-building. At PAIS, her PhD thesis was supervised by Prof. Nicola Pratt and Prof. Junaita Elias.

Research Interests

Feminist international political economy (IPE) theory

Political economy of everyday

Critical race theory

Decolonisation of knowledge

Social Reproduction, labour, informal economy and households in the none-Western contexts

The political economy of intimacy/intimate geopolitics

Women’s movements in the Middle East

Economic/Financial Sanctions, blockade and siege


2023-2024: Senior Seminar Tutor for the BA core module Introduction to Politics (PO107)

2022-2023: Senior Seminar Tutor for BA third-year module Gender and Development (PO353)

2021-2022: Senior Seminar Tutor for the BA core module World Politics (PO131)

Recent Publications

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.

Paper Award

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.