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Visiting Researcher in Anthropology, University of Victoria

Omer Aijazi is a transdisciplinary scholar of disaster and conflict, interested in how people imagine and claim their worlds in the wake of colonial rule and environmental ruin while in the shadows of empire. Questioning disciplinary norms within disaster studies and the carceral logics of South Asia, he explores these ideas in the mountain borderlands of the disputed territory of Kashmir and its continuity with Northern Pakistan. Omer works alongside international development, humanitarian, and human rights organizations, linking research with policy, practice, and activism.


  • –present
    Visiting Researcher in Anthropology, University of Victoria
  • 2022–2023
    Technical Editor, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
  • 2018–2021
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Anthropology and Religion), University of Toronto
  • 2020–2021
    Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Global Challenges, Brunel University London
  • 2018–2020
    Research Consultant, United Nations ESCAP


    University of Toronto, BBA (Honours) in Strategic Management
    University of British Columbia, MA in Community-Engaged Disaster Response
    University of British Columbia, Ph.D in Critical Disaster Studies