Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Sarah Sharma

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

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B301

Supervisor: S. Soederberg

Research Interests

Political Ecology, Global Governance, Urban Politics, Land, Housing, Debt, Displacement and Migration, Gender, South Asia, Bangladesh, Europe, The Netherlands

Brief Biography

Sarah Sharma is a Vanier Scholar in International Relations in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. She has recently completed fieldwork for her doctoral dissertation, which examines how urban flooding is being governed through a global policy paradigm, climate resilience, to understand the unique position cities are in when adapting to climate change. Her two case studies are Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Dhaka, Bangladesh, two diverse locales that both grapple with heightened urban flooding from intensifying rainstorms. 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)

Queen’s Academic Excellence Award (2016-2017)


Sharma, S. & Soederberg, S. (2019). Redesigning the business of development: the case of the World Economic Forum and global risk management, Review of International Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2019.1640125

Sharma, S. & Soederberg, S. (forthcoming). ‘Understanding Land in Development Studies,’ in The Companion to Development Studies, Vandana Desai, Emil Dauncey, & Alasdair Pinkerton (Eds.).

Tawakkol, L., Bhaghat, A., & Sharma, S. (forthcoming) ‘Governing the displaced: Contradictory constellations of actors, ideas and strategies,’ in the Handbook of Displacement, Mike Dolton (Ed.).

Selected Presentations

2018. ‘A Place to Call One’s Own? Investigating Gendered Housing Discrimination in Toronto.’ Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA). Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 1.

2018. Discussant, ‘Trade Investment and Borders.’ Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA). Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (May 31, 2018).

2018. ‘Building Resilience? Managing Disaster Risk in Dhaka’s Informal Settlements.’ The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASD). Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, May 31.

2018. ‘The (In)Formal Rules Governing Urban Housing: Global Trends in Gendered Insecurity.’ International Studies Association (ISA). San Francisco, California, USA, April 4.

2018. ‘The Governance of "Housing for All": Global Risk Management and the Davos Consensus.’ International Studies Association (ISA). San Francisco, California, USA, April 7.

2017. ‘Framing the Housing Question in Economic States of Exception: Interrogating the Power and Paradoxes of Housing Microfinance Delivery in Central America.’ With Soederberg, S. The International Meeting on Law and Society (LSA). Mexico City, Mexico, June 21.

2017. ‘Subjective Risk Management in Practice: A Study of Female-Centric Housing Loans in Central America.’ The Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID). Toronto, Canada, June 1.


POLS 405 - Climate Change and Global Politics: Questions and Challenges (Fall 2019, Teaching Fellow)

DEVS 333 - Business and Global Development (Winter 2018, Head TA)

DEVS 230 - Global Political Economy of Development (Fall 2017-2018, TA)

POLS 243 - Comparative Politics: State, Nation and Democracy (Fall 2017, TA)