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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  • Causes and Consequences of the Global ‘Rights Revolution’ for Women

    Nigar Ahmad-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

  • Modi's India: Hindu Nationalism and the Rise of Ethnic Democracy

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture Series

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

    29th November 2021

Karachi Floods.
Arif Hasan

Karachi floods at the slightest of rains. Karachiites have historically tolerated this because flooding usually lasts for a few days with bearable aftereffects. However, in 2020, the rains were exceptionally heavy and lasted over a 10-day period...

Blog:Pakistan Dialogues Environment

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

Bureaucracy, State Capacity, and Development.
Speaker: Dr. Adnan Q. Khan (LSE)
Moderators: Dr. Ali Cheema (LUMS) & Dr. Miguel Loureiro IDS)

18th, October 2021

This talk examines the question of whether and how bureaucratic effectiveness contributes to development, what makes for an effective bureaucracy and what are the building blocks of state capacity. The panel will review contemporary research, especially in economics, and connect this to discussions of bureaucratic systems and the relationship with politics.

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Scientists as political experts: Atomic scientists and their claims for expertise on international relations, 1945–1947
S. Waqar Zaidi

This paper explores the construction of scientists' expertise on international affairs through a study of the rhetoric of U.S. atomic scientists during public and policy‐making debates on the international control of atomic energy between 1945 and 1947. It explores the claims scientists made about the nature of their expertise on issues of diplomacy and international relations and how their expertise was produced and reproduced.