Policy-focused economist

Shahrukh Wani is an economist at the International Growth Centre (IGC) based at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. In this role, he supports evidence-based policy reforms in Africa and South Asia with a focus on public finance and urban governance. His work includes collaborations with policymakers in Afghanistan, Uganda, Pakistan, and Zambia on areas such as property taxation, fiscal and administrative decentralisation, and urban infrastructure provision. 

Before joining the IGC, Shahrukh conducted economic analyses for ActionAid on Pakistan’s tax system, supported a statistical poverty measurement tool at the Grameen Foundation and the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and helped set up an accelerator program for social enterprises in Islamabad. Additionally, Shahrukh frequently contributes opinion pieces on economic policy to various newspapers and blogs, with a particular but not exclusive focus on Pakistan. 

Shahrukh is a citizen of Pakistan and resides mainly in London presently. He studied at the University of London before receiving a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. He tweets @ShahrukWani and can be emailed at s.rukh@lse.ac.uk.

WebpagesProfile on IGC | Profile on Oxford 


Policy Publications

Building authorising environments for fast-growing cities

with Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, and Astrid Haas.

COVID-19 and taxes: Policies for the post-pandemic recovery

with Anders Jensen, Nick Wilkinson, Moussa Saab, Oliver Harman and Farria Naeem.

with Hina Sheikh and Oliver Harman.


University of Oxford’s Challenges of Government Conference.

31st October 2019. Moderator.

Government of Punjab and the International Growth Center.

1st September 2019. Co-organizer, Speaker and Moderator.

Federal Board of Revenue, Pakistan.

3rd March 2020. Invited Presentation.

Institute of Business Administration (IBA). Karachi.

5th Oct 2020. Guest Lecture.

Building authorising environments for fast-growing cities

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s Infrastructure and Urban cadre CPD week.

1st Dec 2020. Co-presenter.

UK Built Environment Advisory Group (UKBEAG) and the UN-Habitat for Prosperity Fund’s Global Future Cities Programme.

4th Feb 2021. Presenter.

Global Commentary

Moderating a panel at the University of Oxford on Kabul (Video)
October 2019. Photo (c) John Cairns

with Paul Collier and Vicky Delbridge. June 23rd, 2020.

In defence of density

with Solly Angel, Patrick Lamson-Hall, and Oliver Harman. July 3rd, 2020.

Urbanisation in Fragile Societies: Thinking about Kabul

with Oliver Harman, Freshta Karim, and Shoaib Rahim

Navigating the Urban Age

with Oliver Harman

Pakistan Commentary

Speaking at the Federal Board of Revenue, Lahore, March 2020.

Landlords Inc.

Dawn, November 24, 2020.

Why Pakistan’s new plan to fix the bureaucracy won’t work

with Sameen Mohsin. Dawn, September 10, 2020.

Sugar and the making of a rentier economy

with Adeel Malik. Express Tribune. May 8, 2020

Pakistan’s urban transition

Dawn. November 23, 2019.

So, what comes after the IMF?

Dawn. September 26, 2019.

In Media

On Pakistan’s COVID19 response

Dawn News. Television Interview. June, 27 2020

On Pakistan’s social spending push

Arab News. Newspaper Interview. Jan, 26 2020

On Imran Khan’s first year in office

BBC Urdu. Newspaper Interview. Aug, 16 2019

On décentralisation in Pakistan

Dawn News. Television Interview. May, 10 2019

On the IMF program in Pakistan

Dawn News. Television Interview. May, 13 2019

On Pakistan’s annual budget

Dawn. Newspaper Interview. Sep, 9 2018

On urban governance in Pakistan

Indus News. Television Interview. May, 16 2019


On taxation in Karachi

Pakistonomy. Video Podcast. Oct 29 2020

On urbanisation in Pakistan

Pakistan@100 by World Bank and LUMS.

On cities in South Asia

Thinking South Asia by LSE. Audio. January 2020.