Waquar Ahmed | Department of Geography and the Environment

Waquar Ahmed

Associate Professor
ENV 310C
Dr. Ahmed is a human geographer focusing on the socio-economic manifestations of capitalism.
His current research focuses on governance, policy making and state theory; political economy of climate change; geography of development-underdevelopment; neoliberalism and corporate power; geopolitics and imperialism; and commodification of nature.

Waquar Ahmed

Associate Professor


Office: ENV 310C


Research Interests:

  • Political economy of climate change
  • Geography of Capitalism and uneven development.
  • Neoliberalism and corporate power
  • Geography of governance, policy making and state-theory
  • Political economy of nature and natural resources
  • Geopolitics

Editorship and editorial board membership of academic journals:

Selected Books:

McCusker, B., W. Ahmed, M. Ramutsindela & P. Solis. 2021. The Routledge Handbook of Development and Environment. New York: Routledge.

Ahmed, W., A. Kundu & R. Peet. 2010. India's New Economic Policy: A Critical Analysis. New York and London: Routledge.

Selected Articles:

Ahmed, W. (forthcoming) Nurturing the production of nature. Human Geography. doi: 10.1177/19427786221105800.

Ahmed, W. (2022) Marxist geography: A personal journey. Human Geography, 15, 45-51.

Simon, J.-E. & W. Ahmed. 2021. Terra sacer: water infrastructure and core-periphery reconfiguration in Dallas/Fort Worth. In The Routledge Handbook of Development and Environment, eds. B. McCusker, W. Ahmed, M. Ramutsindela & P. Solis, 161-178. New York: Routledge.

Furtick, R. & W. Ahmed. 2021. Is this land made for you and me? In The Routledge Handbook of Development and Environment, eds. B. McCusker, W. Ahmed, M. Ramutsindela & P. Solis, 112-127. New York: Routledge.

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 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.

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.

Selected Media Appearances:

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

Hilary Ansah

Behind the Curtain of Public Spaces: Revealing the Narratives of Corporate Street Hawking in Globalizing Accra


Colin Kohlmeyer

Women in Wrestling Arenas: How Globalization, Socially Produced Spaces and Commodification Impact their Portrayal and Empowerment Post Women's Revolution


Megan Toofan

The Political Economy of Retailing Sustainable Food: Green Consumerism and Sustainability


Andrew Hoyt Seeds of disempowerment? Bt. cotton and accumulation by dispossession in India: a case study of Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh 2018
James-Eric Simon Urban hydraulic rhizome: water appropriation and reproduction of space in North Texas 2017
Marinda Griffin Reconstructing Identity with Urban Community Agriculture: How Refugees Confront Displacement, Food Insecurity, and Othering through Community Farming 2107