Ibtisam is currently pursuing his PhD in the School of Politics and International Relations. He is associated with the Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory (CONCEPT), the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), and the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) at the School. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R), a multidisciplinary research centre based at the university. His PhD thesis looks at whether and how the British Empire can be studied as an attempt at political Utopia, with both eutopian and dystopian implications, and a focus on the former British Raj.
Prior to starting his PhD at the School of Politics and International Relations, Ibtisam completed his MA in Public Policy (with Distinction) at the University of Warwick, securing the Politics and International Studies Prize for Highest Overall Average in MA Public Policy. He also holds a BA (Joint Honours) in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham.
He is a regular political columnist and former obituarist for the leading Bangladeshi daily newspaper, the Dhaka Tribune. He is also a member of University Radio Nottingham, the university's student radio station, where is producer and presenter of the international podcast Window to the World, host of the LGBTQ+ discussion show The Identity Talk, host of the popular culture discussion show The Popular Table, and contributor to the feminism podcast The Nineteen Percent.