Arif Naveed
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My research focuses on the expansion of mass-schooling in the Global South and its implications for social stratification and economic inequality. I am developing a theoretical and methodological framework with which to analyse the role of schooling in intergenerational, gendered social mobility in low and middle-income countries. My work takes into account the politics of knowledge creation and operationalises post-colonial, sociological and political perspectives.

I initially trained as an economist, and started my career by implementing large-scale rural development projects including the provision of vocational and technical training to young people in Pakistan before coming to Bath for the interdisciplinary M. Res in International Development. I went on to pursue a career in policy analysis, contributing to debates on how to measure multidimensional poverty and track its geographic distribution, and to the shaping of large-scale educational reforms and poverty reduction programmes. From  2008 to 2014, I led a major strand of research on improving educational outcomes for the poor, researched the representation of religious diversity in school textbooks in Pakistan, and explored the role of South Asian think tanks in promoting international development agendas. I gained further training in the sociology and economics of education at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar. I have recently constructed a Habitus Listening Guide for the deep qualitative analysis of the voices of the poor, and also work with statistical analyses of longitudinal data sets on economic returns to education and social mobility, at times using mixed-methods research designs. In 2019, I was engaged by the British Academy to synthesise the findings and policy implications of the GCRF-DFID funded research programme on early childhood development in low-and-middle-income countries.

My research and teaching involve reconciling interdisciplinary tensions between economics, sociology and international development, between academic inquiry, policy formulations, and implementation on the ground, and between diverse methodological frameworks. I am currently convening and teaching the unit 'Education and International Development (ED50489)' for the postgrduates and the unit 'Education inequality in low-income contexts (ED20436)' for the undergraduates. I also teach a range of research methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed) at various levels. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Economics and sociology of education, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

… → 2019

Educational Research, Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

… → 2013

Economics, Master of Science, Quaid-i-Azam University

International Development, Master of Research, University of Bath


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