Nabeela Ahmed

Dr Nabeela Ahmed PhD



Nabeela's research focuses on questions of precarity (in terms of gender and race as well as class), citizenship and state welfare in urban contexts, and is currently looking at how these questions evolve in the digital age, primarily in South Asia. Nabeela is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).




Department of the Natural and Built Environment

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Subject area or group:

Human Geography (Geography, Planning & Environment)


Explorations in Urban Geography (module lead)

Sustainable Regeneration Practice (module lead)

Development & Sustainability

Development & the Global South

Fieldwork & Professional Skills

Globalisation, Democracy & Change


1. GCRF Frontiers of Development Seed Fund – Tranche 3 (2019-2021)

Lead applicant on project ‘Mobilising women: navigating urban infrastructures and resilience in Dhaka, Bangladesh.’ Seed fund to conduct pilot study on relationship between gender, resilience and access to infrastructure. Funding from joint British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society initiative. Awarded: £15,190.

2. QR GCRF Pump Priming Fund, University of Sheffield (internal competition) (2019-2021)

Lead applicant on project: ‘Digital precarities – gender, migration and rights in the digitised city.’ in collaboration with partners, Centre for Policy Research in India. Awarded: £7000.

3. SHU NBE Departmental Research Fund (2022-ongoing)

Funding for impact activities linked to Digital Precarities project. Awarded £7500.



Journal articles

Ahmed, N., Baker, A.G., Bhattacharya, A., Cawood, S., Cabrera Pacheco, A.J., Daniel, M.M., ... Westman, L. (2022). Redefining the role of urban studies early career academics in the post-COVID-19 university. City, 26 (4), 562-586.

Datta, A., & Ahmed, N. (2020). Mapping Gendered Infrastructures: Critical Reflections on Violence Against Women in India. Architectural Design, 90 (4), 104-111.

Datta, A., & Ahmed, N. (2020). Intimate infrastructures: The rubrics of gendered safety and urban violence in Kerala, India. Geoforum, 110, 67-76.

Book chapters

Ahmed, N., & Datta, A. (2024). “Dirty Phone”: Infrastructures of violence against women in urban Kerala. In Sabhlok, A., & Truelove, Y. (Eds.) Gendered Infrastructures: Dialectics of Form, Identity and Space. West Virginia University Press

Postgraduate supervision

Supervisor of PhD candidate: Stany Babu, 'Navigating protest places in India: Gendered spatiality and visibility' (2022-2025)

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