The Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC) is the flagship centre of social science research at LUMS. It supports interdisciplinary research, scholarship and teaching on issues of human development, social exclusion and inequality across South Asia. Its vision is to co-construct knowledge on critical challenges with a community of scholars, students, practitioners and social actors to bring about transformative change for an inclusive and equitable society.

Is Classroom Technology a Panacea to Save Struggling School Systems?

Sabrin Beg

Despite primary education being established as one of the 8-millennium development goals at the turn of the century, challenges still persist on the question of access…

Blog: Pakistan Dialogues Inequality

Inequality, Trust and Taxation in Punjab

Principal Investigators: Dr. Ali Cheema (LUMS, IDEAS, IGC), Dr. Ali Abbas (IMF), Dr. Michael Best (Columbia, IGC), Dr. Michael Callen (LSE, IGC), Dr. Adnan Qadir Khan (LSE, IGC), Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand (IDS Sussex)

This project aims to assess the degree of horizontal and vertical tax inequity in property tax in metropolitan Punjab. It aims to disentangle the factors responsible for inequity and underutilization of property taxation in Lahore and understand the political economy barriers to introducing an equitable property tax code.

Research Political Economy

Analysis on Agriculture Productivity and Climate Change in Pakistan

Researchers: Dr. Abid Aman Burki (LUMS) Dr. Mushtaq A. Khan (LUMS), Muhammad Raza Mustafa Khan (LUMS), Verda Arif (LUMS), Muhammad Abubakar Memon (LUMS), Dr. Shabbir Ahmad (University of Queensland).

The aim of this project is to produce two research papers on “Analysis on Agriculture Productivity and Climate Change in Pakistan,” which will serve as background papers to the World Bank’s Pakistan Country Economic Memorandum 2.0 report to be published in 2022.

Research Climate


The Rise of Populism in South Asia

Panelists: Pradeep Chhibber (Berkeley), Shandana Khan Mohmand (IDS) and Hassan Javid (LUMS)

To understand the rise of right populism in India, the panelists reflect on an earlier period of the 1960s and early 1970s when Indira Gandhi launched a populist campaign of the left against the entrenched power structures of the Congress party in India. Indira achieved resounding electoral victories and led India to its first authoritarian phase. In this talk, Dr. Chhibber explores the relationship between the left populists in the 1970s and the right populists in the 2010s whether there are differences in the authoritarian practices of left and right populists.

Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture

Dying to Serve: Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army
by Dr Maria Rashid

Reviewed by: Dr Rubina Saigol (PhD, University of Rochester)

Dying to Serve
revolves around the complex, intimate, ambivalent, and contradictory relationships between sexualisation, the military, and the nation in Pakistan. Set in five villages of District Chakwal, a major recruitment area for the army, it tells the story of the creation of the masculine soldier-subject juxtaposed with the feminised civilian subjects.  Emotions, sentiments, and attachments are carefully harnessed, altered, manipulated, controlled, and disciplined in the interest of the nationalist project of war and militarism which necessarily entails death, injury, and accompanying sorrow.