Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Sarah E Sharma

Sarah SharmaDoctoral Candidate
MA International Political Economy (University of Manchester); BA, Honours, Global Development Studies (Queen's University)

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B301

Supervisor: S. Soederberg

Research Interests

Global Political Economy and Environment, Global Governance, Urban Development, Global and Local Implications of Finance, Land and Real Estate, Displacement and Migration, Gender and Racial Equality

Brief Biography

Sarah E Sharma is a Vanier Scholar in International Relations in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. Her dissertation examines how the mainstream climate resilience policy framework discursively and empirically unfolds in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Dhaka, Bangladesh. Although Amsterdam and Dhaka are diverse cities, both presently grapple with balancing economic growth as national and regional hubs and heightened and intensifying urban flooding from rainstorms. As such, the dissertation examines how urban environments are drawn into the multi-scalar logics of resiliency and the implications for social and environmental equality along lines of geography, income, gender and race. In undertaking field research, Sarah was a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and a Visiting PhD Scholar at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Previously, she was at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in New York City working as an Economic Affairs Consultant. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University and her Master’s in International Political Economy from the University of Manchester. Sarah is interested in global governance and development, political ecology, the international financial system, urban politics and how these themes interact with gender and racial equality. Her project is supervised by Dr. Susanne Soederberg (Global Development Studies).

Selected Awards

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2018-2021)
  • IDRC Doctoral Research Awardee (2018-2019)
  • Mitacs Globalink Award (2018-2019)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017-2018)
  • Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence Award (2016-2017)


Journal Articles

2019   Redesigning the Business of Development: The case of the World Economic Forum and global risk management, with Susanne Soederberg (Queen’s University) (my contribution 50%), Review of International Political Economy, 27(4), 828-854.

2020   Under Review. Down and Out in Dhaka: Understanding land financialization and displacement in austerity urbanism, Urban Geography, sole author.

2020   Under Review. Remaking resilience in a surging city? The political economy of the World Bank’s Urban Resilience Project in Dhaka, New Political Economy, sole author.

Book Chapters

2020   Forthcoming. ‘Governing the displaced: Contradictory constellations of actors, ideas and strategies,’ with Lama Tawakkol (Queen’s University) & Ali Bhagat (University of Manchester) (my contribution 33%) in The Handbook of Displacement, Peter Adey, Janet Bowstead, Katherine Brickell, Vandana Desai, Mike Dolton, Alasdair Pinkerton, Ayesha Siddiqi (Eds.), London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2020   Forthcoming. ‘Understanding Land in Development Studies,’ with Susanne Soederberg (Queen’s University) (my contribution 50%), in the Companion to Development Studies, Vandana Desai, Emil Dauncey, & Alasdair Pinkerton (Eds.), London: Routledge.

Policy Briefs

2020   Forthcoming. ‘The “Crisis” in the rules-based international order: recommendations for Canadian engagement.’ Policy Brief, Defense and Security Foresight (DSF) Group, University of Waterloo, sole author.

2020   Forthcoming. ‘NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP): considering Canada’s operations in Latvia and additional engagement opportunities.’ Policy Brief, Defense and Security Foresight (DSF) Group, University of Waterloo, co-author (equal contributions) with Vincent Boucher (Université du Québec à Montréal), Grant Curtis (Dalhousie University) and Melissa Finn (University of Waterloo).

Teaching Fellowships at Queen's University

  • DEVS 492 – Urban Political Ecology, Global Development Studies (Winter 2021)
  • POLS 405 - Climate Change and Global Politics: Questions and Challenges, Political Studies (Fall 2019)