Department of Anthropology

Student Profile

Dr Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal, BA, MSc, PhD

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Aurang Zeb obtained MSc in anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad in 2006. He has worked at the World Bank and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund on human and institutional development programmes in Pakistan. He received his PhD in anthropology from Durham University, UK in 2014, for which he was awarded the prestigious Durham Doctoral Fellowship. His doctoral research focused on the social organisation of time and space in relation to social change in rural Pakistan. He has carried out fieldwork based studies on the issues related to the social organisation of time and space, globalisation, urbanisation, capacity building of rural communities, microfinance, and poverty. In addition to authoring several essays in authoritative reference volumes, reviews, and research papers, he is serving as an editorial board member of a few international journals. He has also served as an associate editor for the three out of ten volumes of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability and has edited special issues and sections of social sciences journals such as Durham Anthropology Journal (University of Durham), Imponderabilia (University of Cambridge), and RASAALA: Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America (University of Guelph, Canada). He has also organised various events including a panel on social change in South Asia at the World Congress of Anthropology, held in Manchester, and chaired the organising committee of the First Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

For more details about Aurang Zeb's research and publications, please visit his personal web page.

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Durham Global Security Institute

  • Contextualising Conflict

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Time and Space: Sociospatial and Sociotemporal Relationships
  • Anthropology of Pakistan: Religion, Politics, History, Social Change, Climate Change
  • Development Anthropology: Poverty Alleviation, Sensitivies towards Social Change, and Globalisation
  • Anthropology of Sports: Temporalities, Spaces and Economies of Sports

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