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Ali Cheema

LUMS and IDEAS, Pakistan

Dr Ali Cheema is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS).

He also serves as the Faculty Director of the Mahbub Ul Haq Research Centre at LUMS, and is a co-founder of the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). In addition, he is a co-lead academic of the International Growth Center’s Pakistan programme, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Development Studies, and a former Chair of the Economics Department at LUMS from 2004-2010. Dr. Cheema has extensive experience in research and policy work in the field of economics. He co-convened the Initiative of Policy Dialogue (IPD), Columbia University, Taskforce on Decentralization and was one of the founding members of the Stockholm Challenge Award winning portal, Relief Information System for Earthquakes, Pakistan (RISEPAK). He has recently worked as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, DFID and the World Bank and has served on high level provincial and federal government taskforces and committees.

Dr. Cheema holds a BA (Honors) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore. He received his MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development, and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Research

Project

Pathways to Accountability Bargains (part of the A4EA research programme)

This research theme, under the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) Research Programme, is concerned with the following question: how can stable and inclusive political settlements (among elites) and a just social contract (between elites and different social groups) emerge that are...

Opinions

Opinion

Covid-19 gendered exposure and perceptions in Pakistan

The lived experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic are starkly divided along gender lines, and the pandemic has already exacerbated gender inequalities within the home and in the labour market across countries. To understand the gendered impacts and experiences of the pandemic in urban Pakistan and...

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Ali Cheema & 2 others

5 February 2021

Opinion

Lessons for conducting phone-based surveys during Covid-19 and beyond

The lived experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic are starkly divided along gender lines, and the pandemic has already exacerbated gender inequalities within the home and in the labour market across countries. To understand the gendered impacts and experiences of the pandemic in urban Pakistan and...

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Ali Cheema & 2 others

19 January 2021

Publications

Working Paper

Invisible Citizens: Why More Women in Pakistan Do Not Vote

IDS Working Paper;524

Why does a gender gap in voting exist in Pakistan? Our research looks beyond the creation of democratic spaces for women's participation, such as voter registration, to look instead at the constraints that women face in being able to use such spaces. This paper uses qualitative fieldwork...

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Ali Cheema & 3 others

20 February 2019

Ali Cheema’s recent work

Past Event

Pakistan Hub webinar series

Polarized Democracies: Causes and Consequences

Speaker: Professor James Robinson (University of Chicago)  Moderators: Shandana Khan Mohmand (IDS) and Umair Javed (Lahore University of Management Sciences)  Date: 8th April 2021  Time: 2:30 PM UK The Pakistan Hub, a partnership with the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre...

8 April 2021