Shahrukh Wani (b. 1995) is a public policy practitioner focused on questions of urbanisation, institutional change, and public finance in developing countries, particularly South Asia.

Presently, Wani is a full-time Economist at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where he works at the International Growth Centre’s Cities that Work initiative. Wani provides policy advice to urban leaders in South Asia and East Africa, with thematic expertise on municipal finances and urban governance, and a particular interest in urban institutional arrangements, decentralisation, public-private partnerships, and taxation of land and property.

Wani also writes on the public policy in Pakistan for Dawn and co-hosts The World Isn’t Flat Podcast. He also occasionally talk to the press about policy issues in Pakistan, with quotes published in BBC World Service and Gulf Times, along with television appearances on Dawn News.

Wani is a citizen of Pakistan, and is presently based in London.

You can follow him on twitter at @ShahrukhWani and email me at s[dot]rukh[at]

Links: Profile on IGC | Profile on Oxford

Working Papers:

  • “Social Networks and Tax Compliance: A Conceptual Toolkit.” Working Paper

Policy Publications (several more to be published by Dec 2020)

Selected Articles in Newspapers and Blogs:

Note: My work with DAWN is independent from my work with Oxford and IGC.

On Pakistan for Dawn:

On Pakistan, for others:

Anything but Pakistan:

In media:

Note: I don’t represent the views of Oxford or IGC in my conversations with the press

  • (Text, English) Comments for Dawn on changes to the federal budget by the Pakistani government in Sep 2018.
  • (Text, Urdu) Interviewed by BBC’s Urdu service on Pakistan’s stock market stabilisation fund in June 2019.
  • (Text, Urdu) Interviewed by BBC’s Urdu service on Imran Khan’s first year in office in August 2019.
  • (Video, Urdu) On Dawn News’s primetime news program Newswise to talk about a new decentralisation law in Punjab. 10th of May, 2019 (video here)
  • (Video, English) On Indus Special with Ejaz Haider to talk about urban governance in Pakistan. 16th May 2019. (video here)
  • (Video, Urdu) On Dawn News’s current affairs talkshow, Zara Hut Kay, to talk about Pakistan’s agreement with the IMF. 13th of May, 2019. (video below; segment between 5-min till 25-min mark)
segment between 5-min till 25-min mark

Corresponding address: International Growth Centre (IGC), 1st floor, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG, United Kingdom.

Conflict of interest: My current position at Oxford is funded by IGC, which is majority funded by Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID). My former position as a research assistant at LSE was funded by the UN-Habitat. Most of my writing is pro-bono and independent of my work at Oxford and IGC. I have, however, received compensation in May 2018 for an article from DAI Global as part of a DFID funded project in Pakistan. I have also received compensation from Pakistan Herald Limited, the publishers of the Dawn newspaper. However, this compensation was stopped on my request to prevent conflict of interest.

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