Shahrukh Wani, speaking at the University of Oxford
© John Cairns taken at Challenges of Government Conference 2019 at the Blavatnik School of Government

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

Presently, Wani is an economist at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where he works at the International Growth Centre’s Cities that Work team. Here, Wani provides policy advice to urban leaders in South Asia and East Africa on municipal finance and urban governance, particularly on 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 talks 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 him at s[dot]rukh[at]

Links: Profile on IGC | Profile on Oxford

Working Papers:

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

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:

Lectures, Panels and Conferences (selected):

  1. “Institutional fragmentation in urban governance.” Presentation. Blavatnik School of Government and the Said Business School Joint Early Career Research Showcase. 3rdJuly 2019. 
  2. “Kabul: identity and legitimacy in a fragile context.” Panel chair and organizer. University of Oxford’s Challenges of Government Conference2019. 31st October 2019 (video below).
  3. “Financing Punjab’s cities: Land and property taxes workshop.” Speaker and workshop chair. International Growth Center and Government of Punjab. 1st September 2019. (more)

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, English) Interviewed by World Bank – LUMS’s collaboration Pakistan at 100 on cities in Pakistan. (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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