Abdul Shabanis a professor at the School of Development Studies, in Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has done his Masters on Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, and M.Phil and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. He has published 3 books and over 40 papers in various refereed journals and edited books. Dr. Shaban has been Visiting Professor at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University, The Netherlands; Department of Geography, University of Paris- 7, Paris, France, and at University of Masaryk (Brno) and Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. He has also been Fellow at the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, London. He was Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at Cities Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London during 2011-12. He was member of MahmoodurRahman Committee, set up by Government of State of Maharashtra, and Post-Sachar Evaluation Committee, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. Currently he is, a Deputy Director TISS Tuljapur Campus, Osmanabad, Maharashtra, and Professor at School of Development Studies, TISS, Mumbai, a Chairperson of International Relations Office (IRO), TISS, Mumbai and aÂ member of the Commission of Inquiry to Study Socio-Economic Status of Muslims in the State of Telangana under chairmanship of Shri G. SudhirÂ (IAS).