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.
COVID-19 is a health pandemic with economic consequences whose severity cannot be underestimated. Yet there is limited understanding of the pandemic’s effects on the economic lives of citizens. In Pakistan, we are able to address this gap because of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics’ Special Survey for Evaluating the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19; a nationally representative survey that is also representative of rural and urban areas.
Research Fellow: Shaper Mirza (LUMS and MHRC), Maha Rehman (LUMS and MHRC)
This project looks into how geographic differences in incidence and prevalence of disease are the result of genotypic differences in the SARS-Covid-19 virus.
Through extensive research, it sets out to determine if viruses isolated from different regions of Punjab have different genotype and whether the role of bacterial colonization in susceptibility to Covid-19 infections.
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.
Panelists: Nida Kirmani (LUMS and MHRC), Rabia Malik (Essex and MHRC), Hadia Majid (LUMS and MHRC), and Angbeen Mirza (LUMS).
7 May 2020
COVID-19 has impacted gender relations within and outside the household in various ways. This session focused on how the dynamics of care work, household management, labour force participation, and productivity have been affected by the pandemic.