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.

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  • Bureaucracy, State Capacity and Development

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture

    • Speaker: Adnan Q. Khan (LSE)
    • Moderators: Ali Cheema (LUMS, IDEAS, CERP), Miguel Loureiro (IDS)

    18th Oct 2021

  • Womansplaining

    Book Launch

    • Speaker: Zeenia Shaukat (Independent Researcher), Ayesha Razzaque (MOFEPT), Sara Malkani (Center for Reproductive Rights), Afiya Shehrbano Zia (Wesleyan)
    • Moderators: Maryam Khan (IDEAS)

    28th Ocotber 2021

  • Feminist Mobilization & Women's Rights

    Nigar Ahmed-Rubina Saigol Lecture Series

    • Speaker: Mala Htun (UNM)
    • Moderators: Sarah Khan (Yale), Sohela Nazneen (IDS)

    4th November 2021

  • Fiscal Challenges and Tax Reforms in Pakistan

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture Series

    • Speaker: Mazhar Waseem (Manchester)
    • Moderators: Sher Afghan Asad (LUMS), Guilia Mascagni (IDS)

    18th November 2021

  • Saffron ‘Modernity’ in India: Narendra Modi and his Experiment with Gujarat

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture Series

    • Speaker: Christophe Jaffrelot (Science Po, KII, KCL)
    • Moderators: Asma Faiz (LUMS), Anu Joshi (IDS)

    29th November 2021

Mapping Urban Living Standards in Developing Countries with Energy Consumption Data
Felix Agyemang, Sean Fox, Rashid Memon

Rapid urbanization in low and middle-income countries is contributing to the ‘urbanization of poverty’. Yet the true scale and nature of this challenge are unknown. Census data are infrequent and household surveys...

Blog:Pakistan Dialogues Energy

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 Public Finance

Learning from the History of Epidemics
Researchers: Ali Usman Qasmi (LUMS), Ali Raza (LUMS and MHRC), Waqar Zaidi (LUMS and MHRC)

The project aims at curating a social history of the influenza epidemic in colonial India. By exploring archival materials and survey reports, it hopes to understand the notions of diseases, body, and cure through an exploratory survey of approaches towards the influenza epidemic.

Research COVID-19

Using Satellite Data for Planning Sustainable Cities
Panelists: Syed M. Hasan, Steven Rubinyi, Sana Riaz, Nasir Javed, Adeel Shah, Hasaan Khawar & Nazish Afraz

16 September 2021

SEED recently launched a report that uses nightlights (NTL) data to provide insights into: district-level Gross Domestic Product (GDP), GDP growth and income per capita; province-level estimates of GDP; and for KP’s major cities, patterns of growth and the distribution of economic activity within the city. The panel disseminates the report and examines how satellite data can be used to plan sustainable cities.

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The Effects of Growth on Women’s Employment in Pakistan
Hadia Majid & Karin Astrid Siegmann

This article seeks to clarify the effect of growth on gender equality for the case of Pakistan. The paper addresses this aim by estimating gendered sectoral employment elasticities of growth for the period 1984–2017 and investigates their drivers. The authors find that the secular trend toward productivity-driven growth since the turn of the millennium has lowered the responsiveness of men’s employment to growth impulses in particular. For women, factors related to Pakistan’s gender order are more relevant. Greater gender parity in education enables women to benefit from growth in the form of better employment access.