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About me


Welcome to my website. I am a postdoctoral researcher in Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland. Currently, I am working on a project titled ‘Transformation and transnationalization of state spaces: Geopolitics of borders, mobilities, and planning in the Arctic (SPARCTIC)’ funded by the Eudaimonia Institute, University of Oulu. In this project, I am exploring the way regional changes and transformation processes take place in the Arctic with an emphasis on Arctic Finland and its adjacent regions. 

Broadly, I study the way man-made ideas of borders and bounded spaces affect human mobility and vice versa.

I got my Ph.D. in Geography and Environment from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA. I was awarded the prestigious East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship to pursue my doctoral studies. I studied the choice of citizenship, experiences of citizenship and noncitizenship, and state-making processes in the former Bangladesh-India border enclaves in my dissertation research, and was supervised by Professor Reece Jones.

I have taught face-to-face and online classes both at UH Mānoa and the University of Dhaka as a Lecturer. Along with teaching, I worked as a Grant Development Assistant with the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.



  •  Borders

  • Geopolitics

  • People on the move 

  • Sovereignty 

  • Enclaves 

  • South Asia esp. Bangladesh and India

  • Arctic Borders

  • State

  • Territory 

  • Qualitative Methods



Geography Research Unit


90014 University of Oulu, Finland

Email: azmeary.ferdoush@oulu.fi