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Personal profile

Research interests

I am a Reader in Anthropology and Psychology in the School of Applied Social Science. The cornerstone of my research has been the production of monographs and publications in three related fields: violence and conflict in Pakistan’s megacity of Karachi; transnational Afghan refugee migration and mobility in urban Britain; mental disorder and psychosocial intervention. My books include ‘Mohajir Militancy in Pakistan’ (2010, 2012, Routledge), ‘Cityscapes of Violence in Karachi’ (2017, Oxford University Press; Hurst & Co.); and ‘Mental Disorder: Anthropological Insights’ (2017, University of Toronto Press). I am currently completing a fourth monograph entitled ‘Arc of the Journeymen: Afghan Migrants in England’. I am also conducting ANRS funded research on illegal Pakistani migrants’ with HIV and Hepatitis in Paris. I am actively looking for Phd students in the broad areas of refugee and irregular migration, mobility, and mental distress and disorder, spanning the geography of South and South-East Asia, and Europe.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising students in the interdisciplinary areas of migration, war, conflict, violence, refugees, transnationalism, ethnicity, mobilities, cities, migrant health and mental health, social inequalities, and environmental violence- particularly those working on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and migrant populations in Europe. My past and present students also work on very different kinds of topic, including race and sexuality, autophenomenography and psychotherapy, childrens’s violence to parents, adolescent refugee mental health, refugee women and government yoga, honour based violence and the British police, and FGM in the UK.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex

30 Sep 200330 Jun 2008

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

External positions

Associate Editor

31 Oct 2018 → …

Hon. Obituaries Editor, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

1 Sep 201530 Jun 2019

Manuscripts & Archives Committee, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

1 Sep 2015 → …

Keywords

  • GN Anthropology
  • Migration mobilities Pakistan Afghanistan violence war conflict
  • refugees
  • BF Psychology
  • anthropology of mental illness and disorder

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Projects

Research Output

Arc of the Journeyman: Afghan Migrants in England

Khan, N., Oct 2020, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 300 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

  • Open Access
    File
  • Sindh in Karachi: A topography of separateness, connectivity, and juxtaposition

    Khan, N., 4 Mar 2020, In : Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 38, 5, p. 938-957 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Activities

    • 6 Membership of professional body
    • 2 Publication Peer-review
    • 1 Editorial work

    University of Minnesota Press (Publisher)

    Nichola Khan (Reviewer)

    8 Jun 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

    Current Anthropology (Journal)

    Nichola Khan (Reviewer)

    2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

    Public Anthropologist (Journal)

    Nichola Khan (Reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (External organisation)

    Nichola Khan (Chair)

    20152019

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

    European Association of Social Anthropologists (External organisation)

    Nichola Khan (Chair)

    2010

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body