systems approaches to the world's biggest challenges
Nafeez holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sussex's School of Global Studies, where he completed his thesis on the systemic causes of mass violence and genocide in the context of a comparative analysis of Spanish and American colonisation of the Americas. He has taught IR, politics and history at the University of Sussex and Brunel University.
Since 2015, he has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University's Faculty of Science and Technology. The GSI fellowship supported the completion of his seventh book, Failing States, Collapsing Systems: BioPhysical Triggers of Political Violence, a scientific monograph on the systemic causes of civil unrest and political destabilisation in environmental, energy and economic crises.
Nafeez's other non-fiction books are A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save It (Pluto/Macmillan, 2010); The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry (Duckworth, 2006); The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism (Interlink, 2005); Behind the War on Terror: Western Secret Strategy and the Struggle for Iraq (New Society, 2003) and The War on Freedom: How + Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001 (Progressive, 2002).
Nafeez's academic publications and working papers are available at his academia.edu profile, where he is in the top 1% of academics on the platform. His work is read by researchers at 24 universities across the world, and cited widely across academic literature in hundreds of scholarly publications.
His book, A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: and How to Save It, is the first peer-reviewed study creating a social science framework to capture the interconnections between climate change, food crisis, energy depletion, economic instability, terrorism, warfare and state-militarisation. The book was the main text in the '21st Century Challenges' module of the postgraduate Masters of Strategic Foresight course at the Swinburne University of Technology.
Nafeez has advised the British Foreign Office, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the UK Defence Academy, the Metropolitan Police Service on delivery of the Home Office’s Channel Project, and the UK Parliamentary Inquiry into UK counter-terrorism strategy - which extensively cited his written evidence in its final report and recommendations to government.