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Fatema Jahan


Fatema Rouson Jahan
Postgraduate room G14
UCL Department of Geography
Pearson Building



Primary Supervisor: Dr. Ann Varley
Secondary Supervisor: Dr. Pushpa Arabindoo


Academic Background

2012-2016: PhD in Geography, UCL

2009-2010: MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, LSE

2008-2009: MSS in Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka

2002-2008: BSS in Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka


2013-Present: Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka

2012-2013: Undergrad Academic Tutor, Dept. of Geography, UCL

2010-2013: Lecturer, Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka

Awards and Funding

2012: Commonwealth Scholarship for studying PhD at UCL, awarded by Commonwealth Commission in the UK.

2010:  Ruqayyah Memorial Foundation Merit Scholarship for Brilliant Academic Performance and Extra-curricular activities, awarded by University of Dhaka.

2009: PJD Wiles Scholarship for studying MSc Degree awarded by The London School of Economics and Political Sciences

2009: UNFPA Fellowship for Top Academic Performance in BSocSc (Hons), awarded by Population Sciences Dept

2006: Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship for Academic Excellence, awarded by Sumitomo Corporation, Japan.


PhD Title: Gender, Embodiment and Agency: Women Factory Workers in the Garment Industry of Bangladesh

The primary aim of my research is to understand the lives of Bangladeshi women workers beyond their work in the factory by looking at their consumption of clothes to further an approach that acknowledges the agency and heterogeneity of garment factory workers.

I have three broad research objectives: first, to relate the production and consumption sphere of workers’ lives and thereby analyse the workers’ identities both as workers and consumers. Second, to look beyond the harsh conditions of factory life and to focus on the agency and heterogeneity of the workers by challenging the homogenous category of their victimhood status. Third, to analyse the gendered experience of production and consumption sphere in the women workers’ lives from the perspective of body, embodiment and agency in which embodied performance forms an essential part of the workplace and of consumption patterns, particularly of clothes.


Jahan, F.R. (2011) 'Women’s Agency and Citizenship across Transnational Identities: A Case Study on Bangladeshi Diaspora in UK', Gender & Development, 19(3): 371-381,   see also

Jahan, F.R. (2011) ‘Monga and Women: A Case Study from Gaibandha District of Bangladesh’, Journal of Bangladesh Studies, 13(1): 11-20

Jahan, F.R. (2011) ‘Constructing Sexualities: The Sexualized Borders and the Emerging State Power’, Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 13(1): 98-99

Jahan, F.R. (2011) ‘Impact of Monga on Women : Cases from Gaibandha District of Bangladesh’ Social Science Review, 28(1): 195-211

Jahan, F.R. (2011) ‘The Changing Caribbean Sexual Identities under the Process of Globalization’, The Bangladesh Journal of National and Foreign Affairs, 8(1): 128-136

Jahan, F.R. (2011) The Agency of Women Over Two Generations: A Case Study on Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in the UK, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, see also