SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Feyzi Ismail

MSc PhD (London)
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Feyzi Ismail
Department of Development Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow in Political Economy

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Neoliberalism, Globalisation, and States

Research Cluster Member

Labour, Movements and Development

Research Cluster Member

Dr Feyzi Ismail
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Feyzi has degrees in Philosophy and Social Policy, and completed her PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, where she conducted research on the relationship between NGOs and the left parties in Nepal. She has taught at UCL in Geography and at Goldsmiths in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. Her research interests include NGOs and social movements, alternatives to neoliberalism and imperialism, labour and migration, and politics and development in Nepal and South Asia. She is on the executive committee of the Britain-Nepal Academic Council and the editorial board of Capital & Class.


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Feyzi has conducted research in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Her research has focused on theorising a critical approach to NGOs under neoliberalism, labour conditions of the working poor, the connections between geopolitics and development in Nepal and South Asia, the rise and decline of the Nepali Maoists and, on a global level, popular protest and social movement organising. Recently she has been engaged in the project 'Migration, Precarity and Agency: Women Construction Workers in Nepal' funded by LIDC and GCRF.


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Ismail, Feyzi and Kamat, Sangeeta (2018) 'NGOs, Social Movements and the Neoliberal State: Incorporation, Reinvention, Critique'. Critical Sociology, (44) 4-5, pp 569-577.

Ismail, Feyzi (2017) 'Polar opposites? NGOs, left parties and the fight for social change in Nepal'. Critical Sociology, (44) 4-5, pp 629-643.

Ismail, Feyzi and Shah, Alpa (2015) 'Class struggle, the Maoists and the Indigenous Question in Nepal and India'. Economic and Political Weekly, (50) 35, pp 112-123.

Ismail, Feyzi (2010) 'Nepal's Peace Process: Does Ethnic Inclusion Mean Economic Inclusion?'. Development Viewpoint, (49).

Book Chapters

Ismail, Feyzi (2015) 'Nepal, imperialism and anti-imperialism'. In: Ness, Immanuel and Cope, Zak, (eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 375-386.

Ismail, Feyzi (2011) 'The politics of occupation'. In: Bailey, Michael and Freedman, Des, (eds.), The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance. London: Pluto Press, pp 123-131.

Monographs and Working Papers

Ismail, Feyzi (2010) Nepal’s Peace Process: Does Ethnic Inclusion Mean Economic Inclusion?. London: Centre for Development Policy and Research, Development Viewpoint 49.

Book Reviews

Ismail, Feyzi (2018) 'Extended Book Review: No is where it starts'. Capital & Class, (42) 1, pp 165-170.

Ismail, Feyzi (2013) 'The bias of balance: Politics and constitution-making in Nepal'. Economic and Political Weekly, (48) 48, pp 31-33.

Ismail, Feyzi (2012) 'The Political Economy of NGOs: State Formation in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh'. Journal of Contemporary Asia, (42) 2, pp 340-343.

Ismail, Feyzi (2011) 'New Nepal: The Fault Lines'. Journal of Contemporary Asia, (41) 3, pp 512-514.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Ismail, Feyzi (2019) Tipping points: could this be the climate movement we need?.

Ismail, Feyzi (2019) Women construction workers: Organising for change.

Ismail, Feyzi (2017) Ken Loach discusses austerity in neoliberal Britain.

Ismail, Feyzi and Freedman, Des (2016) Trump-style universities headed for the UK.

Ismail, Feyzi (2015) Nepal: Natural disaster, unnatural suffering.

Ismail, Feyzi (2012) Nepal: New demands require a new strategy.

Ismail, Feyzi (2011) The Left Bloc and resistance across Europe.


Ismail, Feyzi (2019) 'Literature Review for Nepal'. [Unpublished]

Ismail, Feyzi (2014) 'Literature Review for Nepal' The Urbanisation-Construction-Migration Nexus in 5 Cities in South Asia, LSE for DFID’s South Asia Research Hub.


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