Academic Background

Candidate for PhD [by Published Works], Institute of Development Studies, UK MA South Asian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK BA Philosophy, Yale University, USA

Research Experience

Ayesha researches gender, politics, social policy, reproductive health and other development issues. She recently worked on the Pakistan component of an international research collaboration to understand the impact of Covid-19 on family life using online ethnographic methodologies. In partnership with Action for Empowerment and Accountability, an international research programme, she explored how social and political action can contribute to empowerment and accountability in fragile, conflict, and violent settings. Ayesha has served on the governing bodies of leading non-governmental organizations working on women’s issues. She participates in advocacy-related task forces to influence government policy, and teaches part-time at the IBA in Karachi. Her book The Women’s Movement in Pakistan: Activism, Islam and Democracy. (2018) highlights the historic significance of the movement and its continued relevance today. It was reviewed in Gender and Development and Women’s History Review and other publications. She is currently on leave from the Collective.

Research Interest

Gender, politics, social policy, reproductive health, qualitative research methodology.