Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed is a researcher focusing on peace and security in South Asia and the Middle East.
His work examines the impacts of sectarianism and violent extremism on domestic, regional and global peace and security. He is also engaged in research and educational projects on countering violent extremism.
A Pakistani citizen, Dr Ahmed brings a much-needed citizen’s perspective to research on the country. He also brings rich grassroots level experience in the development sector in Asia to his research.
He has worked on numerous research assignments with Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Commonwealth Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, Transparency International, Global Integrity, and International Centre for Nonviolent Conflict during a decade long engagement with the development sector.
Dr Ahmed has published and presented papers on a wide range of issues, such as foreign policy, international organizations, Islam, peace and conflict, regionalism, and regional security. His recent papers have looked at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, and Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Dr Ahmed received his PhD in the area of Political and International Studies from the University of New England (UNE) in Australia. He has an MA in Peace Education from the United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica), and an MA in Sociology from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan).
During 2013-2015, he served as Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad. He has previously taught at University of New England (Australia), Charles Sturt University (Australia), Iqra University (Pakistan) and Allama Iqbal Open University (Pakistan).
In July 2018, he presented a paper at the 25th World Congress of Political Science in Australia.
He has an excellent record of publications. He is the author of Regionalism and Regional Security in South Asia: The Role of SAARC (Routledge, 2013). He has published in prominent academic journals, including Democratization, Third World Quarterly, Asian Studies Review, Journal of Contemporary China, Global Policy, and Middle East Policy. He is regularly invited to write opinion pieces and do media commentary.
In recognition of his research, Dr. Ahmed has received several prestigious research awards/grants, such as Mahbub ul Haq Research Award (Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka); Conflict Transformation Award (WISCOMP, India).
Foreign Policy, Pakistan, Peace and conflict studies, South Asian Studies, International Organizations, Political Islam, and Religious Extremism.
1. Board Member, Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies, USA.
2. Board Member, International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Foundation, USA.
3. Academic Advisor, Educational Divide Reform, USA
4. Senior Associate, Empowerment through Creative Integration, Pakistan
5. Global Advisory Board Member, The Contact Project, USA
6. Board Member, South Asia Centre for Peace, Pakistan
7. Member, Alliance for Peacebuilding, USA
a. Postgraduate Courses
National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan: Research Design in Peace and Conflict Studies; Research Methods in Social Sciences; Theories of Peace and Conflict.
University of New England, Australia: Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Iqra University, Pakistan: Conflict and Conflict Resolution.
b. Undergraduate Courses
University of New England, Australia: Asian Pasts; Beyond Lies and Spin: Why Politics Matters; Political Ideologies; International Human Rights; Power, Conflict, and the Making of Modern Asia; Economic and Social Change in Southeast Asia Since 1850; Governance and Economic Development in South Asia; Industrialization and Development in Asia; Economy and Business in Modern Asia.
Charles Sturt University, Australia: Australia and Asia.
1. South Asian Studies
2. Political Islam
3. South Asian Foreign Affairs
4. Peace and Conflict Studies
1. ‘Community-based conflict resolution strategies in Pakistan: A Case Study of Dispute Resolution Councils’, The Third International Forum on Social Conflict Prevention and Response, Melbourne, 24 October 2018.
2. ‘Impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on conflict and cooperation in South Asia’, 25th World Congress of Political Science, Brisbane, 21-25 July 2018.
3. ‘Impact of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on peace and security in Pakistan’, Workshop on Global Perspectives of the Belt and Road Initiative: Maritime Studies and China’s Global Investment, Zhejiang University, Zhoushan, 4-5 December 2017.
4. ‘Pakistan’s position on the Gulf crisis’, The Fourth Annual Gulf Studies Forum ‘The Role of Crisis: Regional and International Dynamics and the Role of the Media’, Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies, Doha, 2-4 December 2017.
5. ‘Countering Violent extremism through madrasas in Pakistan’, 4th Deakin Roundtable on Religion and Development, Deakin University, Melbourne, 25 October 2017.
6. ‘Impacts of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on peace and conflict in Pakistan’, International Conference on ‘Global Perspectives of One Belt One Road’, Deakin University, Melbourne, 15-16 August 2017.
7. ‘Refugee crises in South Asia: Is there a scope for inter-regional cooperation between SAARC and ASEAN?’, International Conference “Rethinking Governance in an Era of Global Insecurities, Regional Tensions and Rising Nationalism”, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 17-19 July 2017.
8. ‘The role of SAARC and the EU for managing refugees in South Asia and beyond’, International Conference on “Global Migration Governance: Sustainability, Security, and Resilience”, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Netherlands, 8-9 December 2016.
9. ‘Community-level peacebuilding in Pakistan’, National Peace Conference, Sahil and Government of Canada, Pakistan, 11 February 2016.
10. ‘Transforming culture of violence in Pakistan’, National Conference on “Citizen’s role in peacebuilding: engagement with public and other allies”, Oxfam-Novib, Pakistan, 4 February 2016.
11. ‘The impact of the conflict in Yemen on Pakistan’s relations with the GCC’, Gulf Studies Forum, Qatar, 5-7 December 2015.
12. ‘Contemporary geostrategic environment in Asia Pacific’, National Conference on “Emerging Geostrategic Landscape in South-West Asia and the Asia Pacific, Strategic Vision Institute and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Pakistan, 5-6 November 2015.
13. ‘Terrorism-related violence and trauma in Pakistan: implications for psychologists and policy’, 14th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace, South Africa, 29 May – 4 June 2015.
14. ‘Ways to achieve culture of non-violence and co-existence from culture of violence in Pakistan’, Conference on “Exploring Peace and Reconciliation Alternatives: Towards a Karachi for All”, Pakistan, 20-21 December 2014.
15. ‘Contextualizing Conflict Sensitivity: A Critical Analysis of PCIA Theory and Application in Pakistan’, 25th IPRA General Conference, Turkey, 11-15 August 2014.
16. ‘Impacts of terrorism on youth in Pakistan’. Joint Regional Conference 2013 “Governing Youth in South Asia”, Nepal, 22-24 September 2013.
17. ‘Regional responses to labour trafficking in South Asia: A case study of SAARC’. International Conference on “Regional Responses to Labour Trafficking and Refugee Movements in Asia-Pacific”, Australia, 26-27 September 2011.
1. 2016: Lead Organizer of the National Peace Conference, Sahil (NGO), Pakistan
2. 2014-15: Advisor on Conflict Sensitivity, Good Governance Program, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Pakistan
3. 2014: Co-Principal Evaluator with AAN Associates for “Evaluation of Countering Extremism, Promoting Peace and Religious Tolerance Grants (Pakistan)” for the United States Institute of Peace.
4. 2013: Principal Evaluator, South Asia Centre for Peace (Pakistan) for appraisal of following initiatives of Peace and Education Foundation in Pakistan: 1) University Certificate Program for Madrassah Teachers via the International Islamic University Islamabad; 2) Imam Training; & 3) Interfaith Training.
5. 2012-14: Researcher for a project “Assessing Impacts of Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA): A North-South Participatory Project”, York University and Peacemedia-paixmédia, Canada
6. 2013: Pakistan Specialist on “Peace and Conflict Assessment/Do No Harm” with GFA Consulting Group GmbH (Germany) for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) projects in Pakistan
7. 2007-11: Field Researcher & Reviewer-Pakistan, Global Integrity, USA
8. 2008: Country Expert/Peace building Specialist for evaluating Pakistan Madrassah Education Programme of the International Centre on Religion and Diplomacy (USA), Salam Institute of Peace & Justice, USA
9. 2005: Project Assistant for a project “Peace Education-Islamic Perspective”, United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica
10. 2005: Independent Researcher for a study on National Youth Policy of Pakistan, Overseas Development Institute, UK
11. 2003: Analysis Expert for a research on child labor in Pakistan, American Center for International Labor Solidarity, Pakistan
1. 2008-12: Research Encouragement Awards, School of Humanities, University of New England, Australia
2. 2008: Australian Government’s Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) for PhD
3. 2008: University of New England Research Scholarship (UNERS) for PhD
4. 2005: University for Peace Postgraduate Research Scholarship
1. 2015-16: USIP funded project “Assessment of Peace Education Programs in Pakistan”.
2. 2015-16: AOARD (Tokyo, Japan) Research Grant for a project on “Patterns of Dehumanization and Humanization and the Development of Trust: Divisions Within and Between the Muslim World”. PIs: Prof. Noraini M. Noor (Malaysia) & Prof. Daniel J. Christie (USA). South Asia Team Leader: Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed.
3. 2010-11: South-South Program Research Grant from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences, the Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa, and the Asian Political and International Studies Association.
4. 2007-09: Democracy Research Grant, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), USA.
5. 2007: Small Peace Research Grant, International Peace Research Association Foundation, USA.
6. 2005-06: Mahbub-ul-Haq Research Award, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Sri Lanka.
7. 2005-06: Conflict Transformation Award, Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), India.
(2019), Vol. 109, pp. 308-326, Muslim world, Chichester, Eng., C1
(2019), Vol. 28, pp. 400-414, Journal of contemporary China, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Zahid Ahmed, Costas Laoutides, William Gourlay
(2019), Vol. 40, pp. 1145-1162, Third world quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Zahid Ahmed, Shahram Akbarzadeh
(2019), pp. 1-18, Territory, Politics, Governance, London, Eng., C1
S Akbarzadeh, Z Ahmed
(2018), Vol. 31, pp. 297-311, International journal of politics, culture and society, New York, N.Y., C1
Z Ahmed, F Yousaf
(2018), Vol. 38, pp. 57-74, South Asia Research, New Delhi, India, C1
(2018), pp. 115-126, Global perspectives on human migration, asylum, and security, Hershey, Pa., B1
(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 76-84, Global policy, Chichester, Eng., C1
(2018), Vol. 6, pp. 99-112, Asian journal of peacebuilding, Seoul, South Korea, C1
Z Ahmed, Stuti Bhatnagar
(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 517-536, Asian studies review, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Z Ahmed, Farooq Yousaf, Khan Zeb
(2018), Vol. 52, pp. 130-145, International studies, London, Eng., C1
Venkat Pulla, Z Ahmed, Manohar Pawar
(2018), Vol. 6, pp. 23-40, Space and culture, India, North Shields, England, C1
Z Ahmed, Shahram Akbarzadeh
(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 86-100, Middle East Policy, London, Eng., C1
A Hoti, Z Ahmed
(2016), pp. 323-337, Promoting global peace and civic engagement through education, Hershey, Pa., B1
H Daniel, Z Ahmed
(2015), pp. 307-328, Adaptation to climate change through water resources management: capacity, equity and sustainability, Abingdon, Eng., B1-1
H Brasted, Z Ahmed
(2015), pp. 114-131, The political economy of conflict in South Asia, Baskingstoke, Eng., B1-1
Z Ahmed, S Bhatnagar
(2015), Vol. 30, pp. 259-276, South Asian studies : a research journal of South Asian studies, Lahore, Pakistan, C1-1
Z Ahmed, M Zahoor
(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 171-188, South Asian survey, London, Eng., C1
(2013), Surrey, Eng., A1-1
Z Ahmed, Z Choudhri
(2013), pp. 208-216, Islamic images and ideas: essays on sacred symbolism, Jefferson, N.C., B1-1
(2010), Vol. 17, pp. 492-513, Democratization, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Industry and Other Funding
State and Society in Iran: Identity and the Securitisation of Minority Policies
Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Costas Laoutides, Dr Zahid Ahmed
- 2018: $23,954
- 2017: $71,911
For assessing the impact of external actors in the Syrian and Afghan proxy wars
Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Dara Conduit, Dr Zahid Ahmed
- 2018: $344,282
No completed student supervisions to report