Abeeha Islam is a Postgraduate Researcher at IDS and is currently researching on the Power Dynamics in Development Induced Displacement and Resettlement and the Impacts on the Displaced of Orange Line Metro Project in Lahore, Pakistan.
With a major focus on research and social development throughout her career, she has worked on wide-ranging development issues that include inclusive development, involuntary resettlement, social and gender aspects of poverty and involuntary resettlement, governance and management and social protection. Her expertise encompasses the collection and analysis of primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data, preparation of policy briefs and discussion papers, proposal writing, report writing and editing.
Abeeha’s professional experiences, especially with infrastructural development projects, encouraged her to undertake a PhD degree in Development. Through her research she aims to demonstrate that sustainable development can only be brought about by understanding public policy decisions through the lens of political dynamics that influence project planning, decision making and implementation; and by empowering people to ensure that they are made to be a part of the decision making process.
Abeeha holds an MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester and a BSc Hons in Economics and Finance from Lahore School of Economics. At IDS she is attached with the Governance and Cities clusters and her PhD is being supervised by Dr Miguel Loureiro and Dr Sadaf Khan.