Dr Ali Bhagat

Lecturer in International Relations

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Biography

I hold a PhD in Political Studies from  Queen's University in Canada and an MA in Political Science from McGill University. My work focuses on displacements with particular attention to race and capitalism. I have thus far completed two projects concerning forced migration. The first involved LGBT+ migrants in South Africa with particular attention to the geographies of sexuality in neoliberal Cape Town. The second project compared refugee survival in terms of political belonging, housing, and labour in Paris and Nairobi. As such, i'm interested in North-South relations and the importance of the urban scale of analysis in International Political Economy. With this relational comparison in mind,  I am working on a book manuscript titled Forced Displacement in Racial Capitalism.  In the past I have been awarded a SSHRC-M, IDRC Doctoral Research Award, and the W.C Good Memorial Fellowship. Future research directions include displacements in the context of climate change, smart city and inequalities, and displacement in silicon valley cities.

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