Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Kasim Tirmizey

Kasm Tirmizey

FRQSC Post-Doctoral Fellow 2020-2022
PhD (Environmental Studies) York University

Phone:  613-533-3301
Fax: 613-533-2986

Mac Corry Hall B411
Global Development Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6


Research Interests

My research examines the interplay among (neo)colonial-capitalism, agrarian change, and resistance. I am concerned with how agrarian labour and small-scale peasants respond to global, national, and local restructuring with capitalist agriculture, and a rapidly changing climate. I am currently working on two projects. First, I am developing a book manuscript that examines the history of radical anti-colonial peasant movements in Punjab in British India in relationship to the rise of the Pakistani nation-state. Specifically I use food, land, and territory as entry points for thinking through the emergence of the Pakistani state and struggles for alternative geographical imaginaries for a postcolonial reality. Second, I am interested in examining the emergence of new agrarian labour regimes in an era of climate change. My new research, “Biofuels for Development? Sugarcane Production, Women’s Livelihoods, and Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Pakistan and Ecuador,” examines the social and environmental impacts of sugarcane production in the Global South as part of climate change mitigation commitments in the Global North. We currently don't know which households have the assets, knowledge, and networks to successfully cultivate these new and challenging crops, nor how the introduction of biofuel cultivation has altered gendered relationships and responsibilities within and across households. We also don't know enough about how women cultivators are responding politically to this new local and global context.

Selected Publications
Tirmizey, Kasim A. (2018). Learning from and Translating Peasant Struggles as Anti-Colonial Praxis: The Ghadar Party in Punjab. Socialist Studies/Études Socialistes, 13(2).