Dr Abdullah Khoso

Assistant Professor

FC College, Lahore

+92 (0)4239231581-88 Ext. 388



PhD in Sociology and Cultural studies

MSc in Anthropology

BA in Economics (regular)

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Research Areas:

 Social practices
 Migration Management
 Urbanization (anthropological and sociological contexts)
 Child rights governance
 Labour rights governance
 Recidivism


Dr Abdullah Khoso is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Public Policy and Governance,
Forman Christian College University, Lahore. He has earned a PhD in Sociology and Cultural
Studies from the University of Malaya, Malaysia. For PhD research, Dr Khoso focused on
Pakistani migrant workers’ social practices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and explored the
relationship between migrant workers’ agency and social structures. He argued that in the
migration context, structures predominate migrant workers’ agency.
During and after PhD, Dr Khoso taught various courses at the Faculty of Arts and Social
Sciences, University of Malaya. He also worked as a research assistant with the same university
for a research project titled “The socioeconomic impact of seaweed product on seaweed-
producing coastal communities in Malaysia.”
He has MSc in Anthropology from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. His thesis focused on
Manchar lake’s fishing communities’ survival strategies due to excessive salinity in the lake and
lack of sustainable livelihood opportunities.
Dr Khoso has also taught at the International Islamic University, Islamabad and in different
capacities worked with Save the Children International, Population Council, PILER, Pakistan
Fisherfolk Forum, NRSP and the Department of Anthropology, QAU, Islamabad.
Dr Khoso has been writing the Hari Welfare Association's flagship report on the State of
Peasants' Rights in Sindh (please see the most recent report here: https://hariwelfare.org/wp-
content/uploads/2021/09/Annual-Report-on-The-State-of-Peasants-Rights-in-Sindh-2020.pdf )
that primarily focuses on bonded labour in the agriculture sector.
Dr Khoso had helped the Ministry of Human Rights (MoHRs) Pakistan to draft Pakistan’s fifth
periodic report submitted to the CRC. In 2011, he delivered a keynote speech on Children of
Incarcerated parents (please see https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/DGDPresentations.aspx ) in Geneva.

Courses Taught

Study of Southeast Asia

Media and Society

Migration and Urbanization

Political Institutions and Policy Process

CPPG Publications

July 18, 2023 | Dr. Saeed Shafqat, M. Maboob Alam Chaudhary, Dr. Abdullah Khoso, Shahwar Asif
Building Cultural Vibrancy Through Performing Arts

External Publications

2022 Pakistani migrant workers’ social practices to deal with food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Urban Governance. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2664328622000183

2022 Fluid practices and functions linked with traditional cuisine Busri in Sindh-

Pakistan. Geografia, 18 (2), 63-74.

2022 The Founding Law of Pakistan’s National Commission on the Rights of the Child: Legal Challenges, Bureaucratic Barriers, and Vague Opportunities. In The Roles of Independent Children’s Rights Institutions in Advancing Human Rights of Children. Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Volume 28, 131–150. Emerald Publishing Limited.

2021 Theoretical and Practical Challenges to Stop Recidivism among Juveniles: Three Cases Studies of Male Juveniles in Karachi, Pakistan, Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond, 1-8. DOI: 10.1177/23493003211033089

2021 Migrant workers in the seaweed sector in Sabah, Malaysia. Sage Open.


2021 Migrant Workers in Malaysia: Covid-19’s Impact on the Rights of their Children and Siblings in Pakistan, International Journal of Children’s Rights, 29 (2021) 475-495.

2020 Malaysia’s Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Children: A Child Rights Perspective.

Otoritas : Jurnal Ilmu Pemerintahan, 10 (2), 97-119.

2020 Social practices of Pakistani migrant workers in Malaysia: Conserving and transforming transnational affect. Emotion, Space and Society, 37 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2020.100742

2019 Bureaucracy and Pakistani male migrant workers' Reconciling social practices in Malaysia. The Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Migration and Diaspora (ISMD2019), 45-59.

2018 Factors influencing juveniles' perception of the police in Karachi, Pakistan.

Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 26 (1). pp. 59-74.

2018 Syed Abdul Razak Sayed Mahadi, Hanafi Hussin, Abdullah Khoso. Migrant workers: recruitment and travelling from Indonesia to Tawau (Sabah) Malaysia, Borneo Research Journal 12 (1), 20-35.

2017 Judgment: Farooq Ahmed v Federation of Pakistan PLD 2005 Lahore 15. In: Stalford, Hollingsworth, and Gilmore: Rewriting Children’s Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice. (Hart Publishing), 468-475

2017 Seaweed cultivation and coastal communities in Malaysia: an Overview. Journal

Asian Fisheries Science, 87-100.

2017 Linkages between Income Resources, the Cost Of Living and the Remittance: Case of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Sabah, Malaysia. Borneo Research Journal, 11: 1-28.

2015 Recognizing Invisible Structural Violence on Juveniles: A Case of Pakistan.

Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 6 (4 S3), 141.

2015 Promotion and protection of the rights of Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia: A

study of the Suhakam. Geografia, 11 (13): 86-95.

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