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Ibtisam Ahmed

Studying for PhD in Politics and International Relations

Political utopianism looks at the engagement with contemporary socio-political debates in order to come up with solutions and changes in the pursuit of a new way of life. The British Empire, with its ideological focus of the “good life” and the “civilising project”, can arguably be called a conscious attempt at utopia. In this thesis, I examine the ways in which the British Raj influenced language, culture, wealth, technology, gender and sexuality, and religion using critical utopian theory, queer theory, and postcolonialism in attempt to rethink the mainstream narratives of Empire and its legacies.



Public Engagement Activities

  • Campaigns Officer for the LGBT+ Network, University of Nottingham
  • Out in Education LGBT awareness and outreach programme volunteer
  • Nottingham Sanctuary refugee outreach programme volunteer
  • Nottingham Refugee Forum donation drive volunteer
  • Political op-ed writer for Dhaka Tribune Bangladeshi broadsheet (
  • Producer and Presenter of Window to the World international affairs podcast at University Radio Nottingham
  • Host of The Identity Talk LGBT awareness show on University Radio Nottingham
  • Host of The Popular Table pop culture show on University Radio Nottingham


  • Utopian Studies Society conference grant for 2016
  • IAPS PGR student fund 2016
  • CSSGJ conference travel grant 2016
  • CSSGJ workshop grant 2016
  • CSSGJ conference travel grant 2015
  • Award for highest score in MA Public Policy from University of Warwick 2014