Kabir is an award-winning independent journalist who has contributed to the South China Morning Post, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Caravan magazine, Al Jazeera and worked for several years at The Wire - India’s leading independent news site.
His reportage has focussed on development issues — food security, agriculture, climate change, migration, water, health and human rights. Kabir's work has also revolved around business and finance, from covering the bad loans crisis in India to ESG analysis of some of the world's largest corporations and pension funds. His work has been cited by international scholars in books and journal papers with almost 100 citations to date.
His work reviewing government policies on water, housing, health, food security, climate change, and agriculture has won recognition globally. A series of his reports, for instance, shone a light on the various shortcomings on the Indian government's policy that aimed to address the open defecation challenge. He also uncovered, for the first time in the history of India, the political sensitive list of corporate houses who have not paid their loan dues despite having the financial ability to do so.
He is a multi-platform journalist and his work has included filming video interviews, video stories and hosting a podcast series on climate change and food policy
Most recently, he was part of two global collaborative investigative projects: The Pegasus Project, The Congo Hold-up and Hunger Profiteers.
Alongside his work as a reporter and journalist, Kabir has also had extensive experience as a researcher and consultant where his work has included advising local governments on raising urban infrastructure finance, resolving the affordable housing crisis and issues of sustainable finance. He has co-authored a boon about Mumbai's affordable housing problem and journal problems on solving the urban housing question.
Awards, fellowships & grants include
- Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Fellowship (2020): as a media fellow with a focus on India's clean energy transition
- Society of Environment Journalists’ grant: for stories on the destruction of the natural habitat of migratory birds in northeast India
- Water Aid's media fellowship: to report on the water crisis in urban India
- Red Ink Award (2018): for excellence in business and economy journalism for his reportage on farmer suicides in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh