Nishat Awan is Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research explores contemporary borders and migration with a focus on modes of visual representation and
forms of research that allow an ethical engagement with places at a distance. Her recent book, Diasporic Agencies (Routledge, 2016) addresses the subject of how architecture and urban design can respond to the consequences of increasing migration. Currently, she leads the ERC funded project, Topological Atlas, which aims to produce visual counter-geographies that might help support the fragile movements of migrants as they encounter the security apparatus of the border.