Dr Feyzi Ismail

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Global Policy and Activism, Co-convenor of MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy
Email f.ismail (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Feyzi Ismail

Feyzi has degrees in Philosophy and Social Policy, and completed her PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, where she conducted research on the relationship between NGOs and the left parties in Nepal. She has taught at SOAS in Development Studies and at UCL in Geography. Her research interests include social movement strategy and organising, NGOs, alternatives to neoliberalism and imperialism, labour and migration, and politics and development in Nepal and South Asia. She is on the executive committee of the Britain-Nepal Academic Council and the editorial board of Capital & Class.

Feyzi co-convenes the MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy, and teaches two core modules on the programme: Policy Lab and Placement (Autumn and Spring Terms) and Globalisation: Policy, Politics, Critique (Spring Term).

Research Interests

Feyzi has conducted research in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Her research has focused on theorising a critical approach to NGOs under neoliberalism, labour conditions of the working poor, the connections between geopolitics and development in Nepal and South Asia, the rise and decline of the Nepali Maoists and, on a global level, popular protest and social movement organising. Currently she is engaged in the project 'Migration, Precarity and Agency: Women Construction Workers in Nepal' funded by LIDC. 

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Ismail, Feyzi. 2021. Chandra Talpade Mohanty (1955–) and Third World Feminism. In: Alex Callinicos; Stathis Kouvelakis and Lucia Pradella, eds. Routledge Handbook of Marxism and Post-Marxism. New York: Routledge, pp. 460-467. ISBN 9781138555525

Ismail, Feyzi. 2015. Nepal, imperialism and anti-imperialism. In: Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope, eds. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 375-386. ISBN 9780230392779

Ismail, Feyzi. 2011. The politics of occupation. In: Michael Bailey and Des (D. J.) Freedman, eds. The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance. London: Pluto Press, pp. 123-131. ISBN 9780745331911


Ismail, Feyzi. 2023. Averting Catastrophe: Crisis, Class and Climate Change. Critical Sociology, 49(7-8), pp. 1337-1342. ISSN 0896-9205

Wilson, Kalpana; Ismail, Feyzi; Kharel, Sambriddhi and Dahal, Swechchha. 2023. Women construction workers in Nepal: Collectivities under precarious conditions. Gender, Work & Organization, ISSN 0968-6673

Ismail, Feyzi. 2018. Polar opposites? NGOs, left parties and the fight for social change in Nepal. Critical Sociology, 44(4-5), pp. 629-643. ISSN 0896-9205

Ismail, Feyzi and Kamat, Sangeeta. 2018. NGOs, Social Movements and the Neoliberal State: Incorporation, Reinvention, Critique [Introduction]. Critical Sociology, 44(4-5), pp. 569-577. ISSN 0896-9205

Ismail, Feyzi. 2018. No is where it starts [Book Review]. Capital & Class, 42(1), pp. 165-170. ISSN 0309-8168

Ismail, Feyzi and Shah, Alpa. 2015. Class struggle, the Maoists and the Indigenous Question in Nepal and India. Economic and Political Weekly, 50(35), pp. 112-123. ISSN 0012-9976

Ismail, Feyzi. 2013. The bias of balance: Politics and constitution-making in Nepal [Book Review]. Economic and Political Weekly, 48(48), pp. 31-33. ISSN 0012-9976

Ismail, Feyzi. 2012. The Political Economy of NGOs: State Formation in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh [Book Review]. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 42(2), pp. 340-343. ISSN 0047-2336

Ismail, Feyzi. 2011. New Nepal: The Fault Lines [Book Review]. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 41(3), pp. 512-514. ISSN 0047-2336


Ismail, Feyzi. 2022. Memo to Just Stop Oil and everyone risking all to save the planet: we need a rethink.

Ismail, Feyzi. 2019. Protest has helped define the first two decades of the 21st century – here’s what’s next.

Ismail, Feyzi. 2019. Women construction workers: Organising for change.

Ismail, Feyzi. 2019. Tipping points: could this be the climate movement we need?.

Ismail, Feyzi. 2017. Ken Loach discusses austerity in neoliberal Britain.

Freedman, Des (D. J.) and Ismail, Feyzi. 2016. Trump-style universities headed for the UK.

Ismail, Feyzi. 2015. Nepal: Natural disaster, unnatural suffering.

Ismail, Feyzi. 2012. Nepal: New demands require a new strategy.