Kabeer Dawani

Academic Background

MSc. Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
BSc. Politics and Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Research Experience

Kabeer has worked with the Collective since 2014, initially as a Research Assistant. He co-authored the report on Estimating a Living Wage in Pakistan, and is currently one of the lead researchers on updating the living wages for five countries (Brazil, China, India, Pakistan, and South Africa). He has also contributed to research studies on informality and stability in Karachi, social protection in Pakistan, trade between India and Pakistan, and transport in Karachi.

Besides his work with the Collective, Kabeer also has experience working with the World Bank in Pakistan as an Urban Development Analyst.

Kabeer completed his MSc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, for which he was awarded the Chevening Scholarship. His dissertation examined the politics of public sector reform, investigating how pockets of effectiveness are created.

Research Interests

Political economy of development, governance and service delivery, industrial policy and structural transformation, electoral politics, state effectiveness.

Reports and Publications at the Collective

  1. Kabeer Dawani,The Mystery of Political Will. Collective Blog. April 2018.

  2. Asad Sayeed and Kabeer Dawani,Living Wage Report:Urban and Rural Pakistan. March 2017.

  3. Kabeer Dawani,Is the Minimum Wage a 'Living Wage' in Pakistan? Collective Blog. August 2016.

  4. Kabeer Dawani,More decentralization, please!. Collective Blog. March 2016.

  5. Asad Sayeed and Kabeer Dawani,How trade with India helped Lollywood. Collective Blog. December 2015.

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  6. Kabeer Dawani,The chingchi's tryst with Karachi. Collective Blog. August 2015.

  7. Asad Sayeed and Kabeer Dawani,Debating political economy of the budget. Collective Blog. November 2014.

Press Publications

  1. Kabeer Dawani,The Mystery of Political Will. The Express Tribune. April 8, 2018.

  2. Kabeer Dawani,A void left by Qingqis. The Express Tribune. August 2015.