Ms. Shafaq Javaid

Shafaq Javaid is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Home Economics, Lahore. She is also the coordinator of the pioneer batch of BS Sociology at UHE. With a diverse educational background, she holds an MA in Social Research from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2019), and a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and English Literature from Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore, Pakistan.

Her professional experience includes roles as a Visiting Faculty in the Department of Sociology at Government College University, Lahore, in 2020, and as a Curriculum Reviewer at United We REACH from 2018 to 2019.

Throughout her academic journey, Shafaq has undertaken significant research endeavors. Her postgraduate dissertation, titled “Purdah, Patriarchy, and Precarious Spaces: Why I Never Go Anywhere” (2019), and research project on “A Study into Intolerance: How Asia Bibi’s Acquittal Unraveled in Pakistan” demonstrate her commitment to exploring sociocultural issues. Her undergraduate theses cover topics ranging from “Homosexuality and Homosociality in Mohammed Hanif’s Writings” (2018) to “Harassment in Lahore’s Public Spaces” (2017), showcasing her interdisciplinary interests in sociology and literature.

Shafaq has contributed to the academic community through her publications, including “A Qualitative Study of Women Domestic Workers Using Public Transport and the Adoption of Purdah” in the Forman Journal of Social Sciences (2022). She has presented her research findings at various national and international conferences, such as the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Development in Pakistan (2023) and the 52nd Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (2021).

Her achievements include being a member of the Board of Directors of Bargad Youth Organization, Lahore, in 2022, and receiving prestigious scholarships such as the Fulbright USA Postgraduate Scholarship (2018) and the University of Sheffield’s International Merit Postgraduate Scholarship (£8400) and Postgraduate Taught Automatic Scholarship (£2000). Shafaq’s academic excellence is further evidenced by her inclusion in the Vice Rector’s List at FCCU from 2014 to 2018.

Her research interests include gender and spatial mobility, gender and marginalization, and the politics of why one must loiter