Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Ali Bhagat

B.A.H. Global Development Studies (Queen’s University), M.A., Political Studies (McGill University)

    Ali's Email 
    Department of Political Studies
    Mackintosh-Corry Hall
    Fax:  (613) 533-6848
    Supervisor: Dr. Susanne Soederberg


Research Interests

Forced Displacement; Inter-scalar Governance; Race and Racism; Housing; Urban Refugees; Urban Governance; Neoliberalism; Gender; Sexuality; Europe; France; Sub-Saharan Africa; Kenya; South Africa

Brief Biography

Ali is a W.C Good Memorial Fellow (2017-2019) in International Relations in the Department of Political Studies. His dissertation project compares urban forced migration in Paris and Nairobi. He is particularly interested in issues of race, class, and labour in social (public) and private (informal) rental housing arrangements in the two cities. Ali’s theoretical aims seek to examine the inter-scalar—international, national, and urban—governance of poverty and forced migration. 


  • Bhagat, A. (2017), ‘Forced (Queer) Migration and everyday violence: The geographies of life, death, and access in Cape Town’, Geoforum. DOI:

  • Davids, Y.D.; Verway, L., Bhagat, A. ‘Chapter 13: Community Advice Offices: Taking Charge in Marginalized Communities’, State of The Nation 2016. Pretoria: HSRC Press.

  • Submitted: Bhagat, A. (2017), ‘The Necropolitics of Pan-African Queer Displacement: Racialization and Survival in Heteronormative Cape Town’, Sexualities


  • Bhagat, A. (2017). ‘Are Refugees Risky? An Examination of Social Relations in Toronto’s Affordable Housing Market’, Conference Paper – CASID. Toronto, Ontario.

  • Bhagat, A. (2016). ‘LGBT Asylum Claims: Examining the Limits of Citizenship in Post 1994 Cape Town.’ Conference Paper- Association of American Geographers. San Francisco .

  • —. 2016. "Queering Access: LGBT Asylum Seekers in Cape Town." Conference Paper. Helsinki.

Selected Awards

  • WC Good Memorial Fellowship (2017-2019)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016-2017)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship M (2013)