Usman Shahid is part of the academic fraternity for past two years and has been affiliated with GC University Lahore, University of the Punjab and University of Central Punjab as Visiting lecturer. He is pursuing his doctoral studies in International Relations from Political Science Department, University of the Punjab. He earned his Master’s Degree in Human Rights from School of Advanced Study, University of London, and his Thesis was entitled ‘Inquest into justice of the Pakistani customary “Panchayat Justice System” in context of International Human Rights Law’. Previously, he did his MA in International Relations from Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab and BS (Hons) in Communication Studies from the Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab.
He has ten years of extensive working experience with leading Media outlets (Dunya News, Express News, Channel 24, ATV) in Pakistan as Content and Rundown Producer.
He visited United States on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in 2018. He along with journalists from 50 different countries were part of the project ‘Media Responsibility in an Age of Disinformation’’ in which he examined the freedoms outlined in the First Amendment, educational programs and institutional practices while zooming in on the strategies that support responsible and ethical reporting in an increasingly complex information environment. He also attended different sessions at Santa Fe Council on International Relations (New Mexico), State Department (Washington, D.C), Freedom of Information Council (Iowa), and Pointer Institute (Florida) and also represented Pakistan in panel discussions.
In third sector, he has been part of Refugee Action (UK) for three years in the capacity of Detention and Embassy Caseworker. His internship at PAN Intercultural Arts, Bloomsbury, London, based on a project of Refugees’ rights. He also has some volunteer experience under his belt. He is fortunate enough to have worked with Human Rights Commission of Pakistan as a research associate (volunteer) and written two observation reports.
|PhD (International Relations)||Research Methods Theoretical Understanding & Application • Contemporary Debates in I.R. theories • Re-thinking Foreign Policy Analysis • Issues in South Asian Regions, • New Paradigm in International Security||Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab||2018-23|
|Masters (Human Rights)||Securing Human Rights in conflict and development, International Human Rights Law||School of Advanced study, University of London||2011-2012|
|Masters (International Relations)||Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy Analysis, Diplomacy, New paradigm in International Security, Political Economy||Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab||2008-10|
|BS (Hons) Communication Studies||News Reporting & Editing, Visual Communication, International Communication, Organizational Communication, Journalistic Writing Techniques, Press Freedom & Responsibility, Media Laws & Ethics||Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab||2004-08|
|Visiting Lecturer||Pol. Science Dept, GCU||Sep 2019-Sep2020|
|Visiting Lecturer||Pol. Science Dept, PU||Feb 2018- June 2018|
|Visiting Lecturer||Dept of Politics & IR, UCP||Mar 2020- July 2020|
|Producer Content||Dunya TV||Nov 2015- Sep 2019|
|Producer (Rundown)||Channel 24||July 2015- Nov 2015|
|Res. Associate (Volunteer)||Human Rights Commission||June 2015- Nov 2015|
|Detention Caseworker||Refugee Action (UK)||April 2013- March 2015|
|Internship||Script Writer||Oct 2007- Oct 2010|
|ATV||Assistant Producer||Aug 2006- May 2007|