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Dr Negar Elodie Behzadi

Dr Negar Elodie Behzadi

Dr Negar Elodie Behzadi
MSc, MA, DPhil


School of Geographical Sciences,
University Road, Clifton BS8 1SS
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Negar is a feminist geographer interested in unravelling the ways in which intersectional forms of exclusion and marginalisation are produced, reproduced and contested in stressed environments. Most of her work has so far focused on resource violence and exclusion in extractive landscapes (mining) in Central Asia (Tajikistan). 

Overall, Negar's research brings the insights of feminist political ecology, labour geography and the sensibilities of an ethnographer to issues of resource extraction, work, migration, gender and Muslimness in the Global South and the post-Soviet Muslim South. Negar undertakes empirically grounded research on topical development issues with marginalized communities - women, men and children informal and precarious laborers in an extractive coal landscape marked by the emergence of Chinese investments in post-Soviet Tajikistan, Afghan migrants.Her work fosters conversations between different strands of feminist geographical research: post/decolonial geography, political ecology, labour geography, children and youth geographies, feminist geopolitics and geographies of Muslim identities.

Negar is also an aspiring documentary filmmaker interested in exploring the use of visual, embodied and art-based methodologies in the study of issues around marginalization and exclusion. She has co-directed two films: a short video-documentary Komor: Journey through the Tajik underground’ (co-direction: Hattie Brookes-Ward) on extractive exclusion in Kante;  and an animated ethnographic portrait on one stigmatised female coal miner, ‘Nadirah: Coal woman’ (with the feminist animation artist Kate Jessop).

Research interests include

-       Feminist political ecology / Postcolonial and Decolonial theory /Feminist Geopolitics

-       Resource Extraction (mining),  resource violence and exclusion,  resistance to resource extraction

-       Migration and identity

-       Critical perspectives on labour and work

-       Geographies of Muslimness


-       Development / post-development / decolonising development

-       Gender (including masculinities)

-       Children & youth (including child labour)

-       Tajikistan & Central Asia /Afghans/ Iranians

-       Soviet and Post-Soviet studies

-       Visual, embodied and art-based methodologies: film, dance, animation, participatory and decolonial methods

-       Critical pedagogies


Negar is a French/Iranian feminist geographer and political ecologist trained in France and the UK. After a first Masters degree, Negar worked for several years as an environmental and social executive for a multilateral development project in South-East Asia. In 2012, she graduated with a first class degree in Environment and Development (MA Geography) at King’s College London. She then carried on her academic training with a DPhil in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, Saint Antony’s College, which she obtained in 2018. Before coming to Bristol, Negar was a lecturer in the Social Science of International Development at King’s College London.





Negar teaches qualitative methods in human geography at the postgraduate level. 


  • Resource extraction
  • Mining
  • Political Ecology
  • Feminist studies
  • Gender
  • Geographies of religion
  • postcolonialism
  • decolonial theory
  • development
  • Muslimness
  • Children and youth
  • Migration
  • Central Asia
  • Tajikistan
  • Film
  • Documentary
  • Visual methods
  • Art-based methods



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