SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Nazam Laila


Nazam Laila
Nazam Laila
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Thesis title:
Digital Labour Inequality in the Age of Industry 4.0: A Neo-colonial Perspective from Bangladesh
Year of Study:
started 2021
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Nazam Laila is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies. She is conducting her PhD research as a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar. Her research interests are interdisciplinary in nature and cover the following fields: International Relations and AI governance, ICT development, digital labour and inequality, data colonialism, feminist economics, industry 4.0 and postcolonial political economy. She has been involved with academic teaching and various research and development works in Bangladesh. Her roles include senior lecturer and fellow at BRAC University and Asian University for Women respectively and research associate at Biomedical Research Foundation. Nazam finished her MSc in Gender, Development, Globalisation from The London School of Economics and Political Science and MA and BA in Interdisciplinary English Literature from BRAC University.

PhD Research

Nazam’s research examines the condition of the platform economy and gig workers in Bangladesh. She demonstrates that during the Industrial Revolution Four, the workers from the Global South including Bangladesh, face neocolonial domination due to algorithmic control and surveillance. Through this research project, she aims to determine the position of Bangladesh in the global discourse on ICT development that is predominantly coming from the techno-politically developed countries of the Global North.


  1. Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  2. BRAC University
  3. Open Society University Network (OSUN)
  4. LSE Gender