I am completing a Master in Environmental Studies program, with a focus on urban planning. My research critically examines urban development in the global South, with a special focus on South Asia. I am studying urban planning to understand how the benefits of urbanization can be distributed equitably. For my thesis, I am interested in exploring community responses to urban development processes, including but not limited to social movements, and want to build on my experience of seven years working with NGOs and social enterprises.
My broader research interests include the urban turn in international development, the impact of the "sharing economy" and its implications for planners and policymakers, and the role of the middle class in neoliberal urban development. I studied public policy and administration at Ryerson University and have a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan.
Keywords: Urban planning; social movements; neoliberal urban development; international aid; governance