Qudsia Shah

Senior Research Officer, Constituency Studies Unit

The most challenging part, in all aspects of the work, research, writing or teaching, is to bring out nuances in all the themes we work on and try not to run with the rhetoric. 

Tell us a bit about your job. What’s a typical day like? 

I am a researcher in the Constituency Studies Unit looking at, among other areas, Ismaili rituals, spaces of worship and gathering, Ismaili Imamat, inter-faith marriages and Muslim approaches to climate change and the environment. I am also a member of the Working Group, at the IIS, on Climate Change and Sustainability. I frequently conduct sessions and talks related to these themes on several academic and public platforms.

Unfortunately, or rather luckily, there is no ‘typical day’. In my work, there are multiple thematic areas we work on simultaneously. Also, I teach, do research, as well as write, and so there is always a very rich variety, and I am very grateful for that.

What’s your favourite aspect of your job? 

Research, writing and engaging with bright minds, whether students or colleagues, in enriching conversations.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part, in all aspects of the work, research, writing or teaching, is to bring out nuances in all the themes we work on and try not to run with the rhetoric. There is always a pressure to go with the familiar, well-trodden path.

Who are the women who inspire you?

Whether it is men or women I am always inspired by people who are passionate about their work and can match that with hard work and creativity. They are very rare and are usually magnets for ideas, opportunities, and positive workspaces.

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