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.

Pathways to Development: Inequalities and Social Justice

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Oral History, Collaboration and Research on Women Public Sector Workers in Pakistan

Sameen Mohsin Ali and Sana Haroon

The practice of oral history is the documentation of people’s words, memories and experiences. This research methodology engages historical frameworks and relies on interviewing, transcribing…

Blog: Pakistan Dialogues


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


Using Satellite Data for Disaster Management

Panelists: Dr. Serena Ceola (Università di Bologna) Dr. Syed M. Hasan (LUMS), Mr. Faisal Fareed (PDMA, Punjab), Mr. Sajid Imran (PDMA, KPK) and Mr. Omar Mukhtar Khan (Team Leader, SEED)

Satellite data can be a useful and inexpensive source of data for disaster management, assisting with forecasting, monitoring, assessing damages and helping direct targeted relief efforts. This webinar will focus on the use of NTL specifically and satellite data more broadly for disaster management in light of Pakistan’s recent floods. The webinar will discuss a recent study that use nightlight data. Dr. Serena Ceola from University of Bologna will present her work correlating the proximity of nightlights to rivers to flood damage.

Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture


Social And Political Concerns In Pakistan And India: Critical Conversations For College Students
Author: Anjum Altaf

Aside from a shared history and culture, there are many contemporary political and social issues that are common to Pakistan and India — the answers to which shall have an indelible impact on the future of the subcontinent. In such a landscape, it is a matter of concern that there is so little exchange of opinion on these issues leading to a widening gulf of misperceptions and misunderstandings. The essays compiled in the book aim to bridge that gap and, at the same time, provide an opportunity for critical reflection on shared aspects of our past, present and future.