Shahrukh Wani (شاہ رخ وانی) is an economist passionate about using evidence to support public policy.

He works as an urban economist at the International Growth Centre, a research institute, based at the University of Oxford. In this role, he supports evidence-based economic policy reforms across Africa and South Asia, mainly on public finance and governance. These have included collaborations with policymakers in Afghanistan, Uganda, Pakistan, and Zambia on a range of policy questions — such as on property tax design in Punjab and informal settlements in Lusaka.

Shahrukh has also co-authored a variety of policy-focused papers, including on urban governance, transport, and taxation in developing countries.

Notably, he is also the co-author of the United Nation’s forthcoming flagship 2022 World Cities Report, writing the report’s section on the urban economy.

He also advises public policy projects such as the UK Government’s Global Future Cities Programme.

Shahrukh regularly contributes opinion pieces to various publications, with a focus on urbanisation in developing countries and on public policy in Pakistan, including several published by Dawn, Pakistan’s most widely-read English daily. He also been quoted by a number of news outlets, including the BBC World Service, and undertakes regular speaking engagements.

A Pakistani citizen, he was born and raised in Rawalpindi before moving to London to study at the London School of Economics.

He lives in London presently.

He tweets at @ShahrukhWani and can be emailed at