Ayyaz is a first year PhD student at the Faculty of Environmental Studies. His previous research has dealt with the impasse of class-based politics in Karachi, Pakistan. This entailed looking at the articulation of class in workplace and residential area politics in the city, and particularly the imbrications of class with ethnicity, informality and the politics of clientelism. For his PhD, Ayyaz is aiming to do a genealogy of working class formation in Karachi over the past three decades of neoliberal reforms and globalisation. The research draws upon perspectives from urban geography, development studies, sociology and critical political economy.
Keywords: Urban geography; political sociology; development studies; Marxism; class; informality; labour; Pakistan