Faculty Profile

Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar

Professor, City & Regional Planning and Director Karachi Urban Lab

Department: Social Sciences

Specialization: City & Regional Planning

Onboard Status: Available

Email: nhanwar@iba.edu.pk

Work Experience

  • Professor, City & Regional Planning at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Jun-2019 to PRESENT)
  • Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Mar-2016 to Jun-2019)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Singapore, at Asia Research Institute, National University (Aug-2012 to Jul-2014)
  • Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi (Feb-2011 to Mar-2016)
  • Guest Lecturer, Department of Architecture & Planning, at NED Karachi (Jan-2011 to Apr-2011)
  • Guest Lecturer at Aga Khan University (Dec-2010 to Jan-2011)
  • Academic Advisor, Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi at Virtual Education Project Pakistan (VEPP), H.E.J (Oct-2010 to Jan-2011)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow South Asia Initiative at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (Sep-2008 to Aug-2009)
  • Teaching Assistant School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University (Sep-1991 to Dec-1991)

Academic Qualification

  • PhD (City & Regional Planning), Columbia UniversityNew York, USA - 2008
  • MA (International Policy Analysis & Public Management), Columbia University - 1992
  • BA (Political Science), City University, New York - 1985

Research Interests

  • City & Regional Planning

Courses Taught


Research Output

Journal Publication(s)

  • Sawas, Amiera, Castan Bruto, Vanessa, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Rehman Abdul ,"Intersectional coproduction and infrastructural violence: experiences from Pakistan.",Community Development Journal,Jan 01, 2020,United Kingdom,
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Ustaads, Shagirds and Drudgery and Virtuosity of Breakdowns and Repair: Keeping Karachi in Motion",Economic and Political Weekly,Dec 26, 2020,India,Mumbai
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Malini Sur ,"Keeping Cities in Motion: An Introduction to the Labours of Repair and Maintenance in South Asia. Introduction essay co-authored with Dr Malini Sur and prepared for Special Issue (Anwar & Sur eds.)",Economic and Political Weekly,Dec 26, 2020,India,Mumbai
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Amiera Sawas, Daanish Mustafa ,"Without Water, there is no Life’: Negotiating Everyday Risks and Gendered Insecurities in Karachi’s Informal Settlements",Urban Studies,Apr 23, 2019,United Kingdom,
  • Daanish Mustafa, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Amiera Sawas ,"Gender, Global Terror, and everyday Violence in Urban Pakistan",Political Geography,Mar 01, 2019,England,
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Receding Rurality, Booming Periphery: Value Struggles in Karachi's Agrarian-Urban Frontier",Economic & Political Weekly (EPW),Mar 24, 2018,,
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Sarwat Viqar ,"Research Assistants, Reflexivity and the Politics of Fieldwork in Urban Pakistan",Area,Nov 09, 2016,,
  • Richard M. Friend, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Ajaya Dixit et al. (7 more authors) ,"Re-Imagining Inclusive Urban Futures for Transformation",Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability,Jun 01, 2016,,
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Asian Mobilities and State Governance at the Geographic Margins: Geopolitics and Oil Tales from Karachi to Taftan",Environment and Planning A,May 25, 2016,England,
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Sarwat Viqar ,"Producing Cosmopolitan Karachi: Freedom, Security and Urban Redevelopment in the Post-Colonial Metropolis",South Asia History and Culture,Apr 23, 2014,,
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"The Postcolonial City in South Asia",Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography,Mar 01, 2014,,
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Urban Transformations: Brokers, Collaborative Governance & Community Building in Karachi’s Periphery",South Asian History and Culture,Jan 01, 2014,,
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Thinking beyond ‘Engines of Growth’: Re-Conceptualizing Urban Planning Discourse in Pakistan",Journal of Research in Architecture and Planning,Jul 01, 2013,Pakistan,Karachi
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Experiences of ‘Illegality’ in Burmese-Rohingya & Bangladeshi Migrant Enclaves in Karachi: Negotiating New Conjunctures of Citizenship",Citizenship Studies,Jan 01, 2013,England,Oxfordshire
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"State Power, Civic Participation & the Urban Frontier: The Politics of the Commons in Karachi",Antipode A Radical Journal of Geography,Jun 01, 2012,,
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Institutional Actors, Learning, and Agency: Some Lessons on Infrastructure Provision for SME Industrial Districts in Sialkot, Pakistan",Journal of Infrastructure Development.,Dec 01, 2010,Pakistan,Sialkot
  • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Inefficiencies in Public Electricity Provision and Impacts on Firms in Karachi's Manufacturing Sector",The Pakistan Development Review,Jul 01, 1999,Pakistan,



    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Sarwat Viqar, Daanish Mustafa ,"Intersections of Gender, Mobility, and Violence in Urban Pakistan",Social Theories of Urban Violence in the Global South: Towards Safe and Inclusive Cities. Jennifer Erin Salahub, Markus Gottsbacher, John de Boer (Eds.),Apr 14, 2018,,
    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"‘The Bengali Can Return to His Desh but the Burmi Can’t Because He Has No Desh’: Dilemmas of Desire and Belonging amongst the Burmese-Rohingya and Bangladeshi Migrants in Pakistan",in Baas M. (Ed.) Transnational Migration and Asia: THE QUESTION OF RETURN,Jul 01, 2015,Netherlands Antilles,
    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Infrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan & Beyond", ,Jan 15, 2015,United Kingdom,


    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Citizenship, Surveillance, and Sovereignty: Managing Burmese & Bangladeshi Migrants in Transnational Pakistani Spaces",Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference. Panel titled Rethinking Citizenship in Asia: Comparative Perspectives on Recent Trends,Mar 31, 2011,United States,


    • Adam Abdullah, Maheen Arif, Soha Macktoom, Arsam Saleem, Muhammed Toheed, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Dr. Gulnaz Anjum, Amiera Sawas ,"Why the Covid-19 Crisis is an Urban Crisis",Prism (Dawn),Apr 14, 2020,Pakistan,Karachi
    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Planning Mega Futures in South-Central Asia: Infrastructure’s “Contingent” Utopia",in Tim Bunnell & Daniel P. S. Goh (Eds.) "Urban Asias: Essays on Futurity Past and Present",Mar 27, 2018,Germany,Berlin
    • Dr. Amiera Sawas, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"For the Many, not for the Few? Climate-Related Mega Projects and Human Security in Pakistan",Blog: Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research,Jan 17, 2018,,
    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Cities, Climate Change and Pakistan’s Extended Urbanization",Dawn Newspaper Blog,Sep 20, 2017,Pakistan,
    • Dr. Amiera Sawas, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"For Pakistan, China’s huge energy investments may have serious political costs",The Conversation, The Huffington Post .....and shared/republished in various other online newspaper sites,Jan 14, 2017,,
    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Daanish Mustafa, Amiera Sawas, Sharmeen Malik ,"Gender and Violence in Urban Pakistan:Final Report",Project of International Development Research Centre,Apr 26, 2016,Canada,
    • Richard Friend, Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar, Shiraz Wajih, Ajaya Dixit, T. Jayaraman, Khanin Hutanuwatr, Meena Manon ,"Re-imagining Inclusive Urban Futures for Transformation: An Agenda for Engaged Research and Informed Public Dialogue. Project Funded by ISSC",Future Earth,Aug 20, 2015,,
    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Mapping Politics in/of the Modern City: Cartography as Representation",Exhausted Geographies,Jun 01, 2015,Pakistan,Karachi
    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Planning Karachi's Urban Futures",Asia Research Institute, Working Paper Series No. 203,Jun 01, 2013,Singapore,
    • Dr. Nausheen Hafeeza Anwar ,"Ending Islamic Solidarity in Post 9/11 Pakistan: New Restrictions on Migrants",Asia Pacific Memo #100,Sep 13, 2011,England,University of British Columbia