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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  • Three Faces of Agency in Feminist Economics: Capabilities, Empowerment, and Citizenship

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture 2021

    • Speaker: Naila Kabeer (LSE)
    • Moderators: Sohela Nazneen (IDS) and Nida Kirmani (LUMS and MHRC)

    5 PM, 11th March 2021

  • Human Development, Climate Change and the Anthropocene

    Global Challenges Webinar Series

    • Speaker: Ajay Chhibber (IIEP, George Washington), Adil Najam (Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University), and Frances Stewart (Oxford)
    • Moderators: Hadia Majid (LUMS and MHRC)

    6 PM, 15th March 2021

  • Polarized Democracies: Causes and Consequences

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture 2021

    • Speaker: James Robinson (UChicago)
    • Moderators: Shandana Khan Mohmand (IDS and MHRC) and Umair Javed (LUMS and MHRC)

    6:30 PM, 8th April 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)

    4 PM, 28 April 2021

  • The Impact of Natural Disasters on Student Learning in Pakistan

    Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture 2021

    • Speaker: Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College)
    • Moderators: Rabea Malik (IDEAS and MHRC) and Miguel Loureiro (IDS)

    11 AM, 20th May 2021

  • 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)

    6:30 PM - 7:45 PM, 17th June 2021

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COVID-19 Pandemic's Economic Burden in Pakistan
Ali Cheema (LUMS, MHRC and IDEAS), Maha Rehman (LUMS and MHRC)

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. We address this gap using 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. This analysis provides important lessons for government policy during the lethal third wave.

Blog:Pakistan Dialogues Poverty and 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

The Gendered Impact of COVID-19
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.

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Webinar COVID-19

Pakistan's Political Parties: Surviving between Dictatorship and Democracy
Mariam Mufti (University of Waterloo), Sahar Shafqat (University of Maryland), Niloufer Siddiqui (University at Albany)

A timely and comprehensive look at Pakistan’s evolution from a dictatorship to democracy, “Pakistan’s Political Parties” charts the survival of Pakistan’s civilian side of the state’s current regime.