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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  • Pakistan's Divergent Fertility Transition

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture 2021

    • Speaker: Zeba Sathar (Population Council)
    • Moderators: Hadia Majid (LUMS and MHRC) and Maha Rehman (LUMS and MHRC)

    4 PM, 10th June 2021

  • State Capture and the Breakdown of Democratic Institutions

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture 2021

    • Speaker: Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton)
    • Moderators: Shandana Khan Mohmand (IDS and MHRC) and Ali Cheema (LUMS, MHRC and IDEAS)

    5:30 PM - 6:45 PM, 17th June 2021

  • Rethinking the Role of the State: From Public Goods to Public Value

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture 2021

    • Speaker: Mariana Mazzucato (UCL)
    • Moderators: Melissa Leach (IDS) and Ali Cheema (LUMS, MHRC, IDEAS)

    3 PM, 28 June 2021

Using Cash Transfer Programs to Get Children Back to School from Work
Nasir Iqbal

The prevalence of child labour in Pakistan is very high: up to 22% of children between the ages of 5 and 14 years are engaged in the worst form of child labour, including bonded labour in agriculture and brick kilns, and forced domestic work. Many child labourers work under conditions of debt bondage, forced labour and suffer from extreme...

Blog:Pakistan Dialogues Inclusion

Geographical distribution of SARS-Covid-19 in Punjab
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.

Research COVID-19

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.