Waquar Ahmed | Department of Geography and the Environment

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Waquar Ahmed

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor
ENV 310C
Dr. Ahmed is a human geographer focusing on the socio-economic impacts/manifestations of capitalism.
His current research focuses on global governance institutions, corporate power, foreign direct investments, exploitation of nature in general and conventional energy resources in particular, energy infrastructure, and state-society relations.
He also examines the genealogy of global and national economic change, and social and environmental movements in opposition to such change.

Waquar Ahmed

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor



Office: ENV 310C


Research Interests:

  • Geography of Capitalism and uneven development.
  • Corporate power, energy infrastructure and foreign direct investments
  • State theory, governance, political repression and governmentality
  • Social and environmental movements
  • Political economy of nature, natural resources and global climate change

Editorship and editorial board membership of academic journals:


Sahai, Suman, Kumar, Ujwal, and Ahmed, Waquar (2005), Indigenous knowledge: issues for developing countries (New Delhi: Gene Campaign).

Sahai, Suman, Mahanta, Bhaskar, and Ahmed, Waquar (2005), Farmers' perception of agrobiodiversity: a study in North India (New Delhi: Gene Campaign).

Ahmed, Waquar, Kundu, Amitabh, and Peet, Richard (eds.) (2010), India's New Economic Policy: A Critical Analysis (New York and London: Routledge).

Selected Articles:

Chatterjee, Ipsita and Ahmed, Waquar (2019), 'Dialectical materialism: Marx's method in human geography?', ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 18 (2), 364-93.

Ahmed, Waquar (2019), 'India has lost all moral authority and right over Kashmir', Human Geography, 12 (1), 79-81.

Ahmed, Waquar (2018), 'Governing foreign direct investment: post-Enron initiatives in India', Review of Radical Political Economics, 50 (1), 5-23.

Simon, James-Eric and Ahmed, Waquar (2018), 'The Promise of Progress: Modernity, Accumulation, and the Urbanization of North Texas Water in the 20th Century', Human Geography: A New Radical Journal, 11 (2), 19-34.

Ahmed, Waquar and Underwood, Robert (2017), 'Corporations and Multilateral Organizations', in Douglas Richardson, et al. (eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Geography (John Wiley & Sons in collaboration with the American Association of Geographers), 1-10.

Ahmed, Waquar and Chatterjee, Ipsita (2016), 'Antinomies of the Indian State', in Alan Cafruny, Leila Simona Talani, and Gonzalo Pozo Martin (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Critical International Political Economy (London: Palgrave Macmillan), 331-50.

Wolverton, Steve, Nolan, Justin M., and Ahmed, Waquar (2014), 'Ethnobiology, political ecology and conservation', Journal of Ethnobiology, 34 (2), 125-52.

Ahmed, Waquar (2014), 'The political economy and geopolitical context of India's economic crisis, 1990-91', Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 35 (2), 179-96.

Ahmed, Waquar (2012), 'From militant particularism to anti-neoliberalism? The anti-Enron movement in India', Antipode, 44 (4), 1059-80.

Ahmed, Waquar (2010), 'Neoliberalism, Corporations, and Power: Enron in India', Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 100, 621 - 39.

Courses Taught:

  • Economic Geography (GEOG 3010)
  • Capitalism, Nature and Climate Change/Critical Resource Geography (GEOG 4420/GEOG 5420)
  • Geography of International Development (GEOG 4245/GEOG 5245)
  • Foundations of Geographical Thought (GEOG 5160)


Ph.D., 2007 Geography, Clark University

M.Phil., 2002 Geography, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

M.A. 2000 Geography, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

B.Com (Hons.) 1995 Commerce, St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta

Graduate Advisees

Name of advisee

Thesis title

Year of graduation

James-Eric Simon

Urban hydraulic rhizome: water appropriation and reproduction of space in North Texas


Marinda Griffin

Reconstructing Identity with Urban Community Agriculture: How Refugees Confront Displacement, Food Insecurity, and Othering through Community Farming


Andrew Hoyt

Seeds of disempowerment? Bt. cotton and accumulation by dispossession in India: a case study of Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh


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