Sanaa Alimia is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. One of her new research projects looks at cities, war and development.
Sanaa Alimia: “I’ve been working in and on Peshawar since 2010. Much of this was for my work on migration. But I’ve become fascinated with the changes to the city because of the conflict, new road projects (successful and failed ones), new housing areas, and from labour migration. In this short clip I ask, what can this tell us about a bigger debate on the cities in the so-called Global South – as well as something new on Peshawar and Pakistan? What can this tell us about regional power? And how is the city experienced differently for its residents?”
Dr Alimia has created a film which outlines the thinking behind the research and sets out the the direction and process she plans to develop. The materials for this visual and audio piece were taken from research completed at the AKU-ISMC, London, UK, the Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient (L-ZMO), Berlin, Germany, and the Department of Political Science at the University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan.