Asma Akbar joined the Brussels School of Governance of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as a PhD researcher in September 2017. She is associated with its Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS). Previously, she received degrees of masters and M.Phil. in International Relations from the Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan. She has also served as a visiting lecturer in the department of International relations and department of Gender Studies of the same University.
As a PhD researcher, she is working on the ‘security complex of Pakistan and International Relations Theory’. Her areas of research are politics and security of third world states, human security, democratic governance, multilateralism, and regionalism. During her stay at the Brussels School of Governance, she has worked as a teacher assistant in the EuroMaster class of European Security and Counter-terrorism. Currently, she is also associated with The Women University Multan, Pakistan, and serving as a lecturer in the Department of International Relations and Political Science. She is a foreign-funded scholar under the Faculty Development Program (FDP) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.
Asma Akbar has co-authored two research papers and one conference paper on the topics of ‘Politics and Ethnic Identities: Cross-sectional Provincial Analysis of Human Security in Pakistan’ (2019), ‘Revisiting South Asian Security Saga: A Nexus of Subaltern Realism and Human Security for Peace in 21st Century’ (2019), ‘Inequality Re-examined: Intra-provincial Disparities in Pakistan’ (2014)