Tabasum’s doctoral work, under the supervision of David Lyon in the Surveillance Studies Center, was based on an understanding of theoretical and practical issues concerning surveillance, national security policy and (im)migration. She examined national security policy (security certificates) and its’ effects on the Canadian Muslim male population. She employed a mixed method approach where: in a survey (50n) with Muslim and non-Muslim men, she found that indeed the respondents experience and perceive security and surveillance distinctly from one another, with Muslim men experiencing negative consequences, including a ‘chilling effect’ on their civil liberties, daily routines, sense of belonging and identity; further, open ended interviews with Muslim men (20n), exposed a relationship between intense security measures and perceived feelings of surveillance (along with the impact of media messaging, political rhetoric, and policies such as C51) with resentment and radicalization. Findings from her doctoral work are timely given the present challenges with terrorism, security and society.
At present Tabasum holds a post doctoral position with the Center for International and Defence Policy with Dr. Stefanie von Hlatky, where her research intersects with gender and security, engaging in projects including gender mainstreaming in the military, NATO and women’s participation, and, countering violent extremism.