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Research interests

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS). My current research focuses on the role of progressive intellectuals and strategies of state transformation in patronage-heavy, authoritarian contexts. I am interested in how ‘good’ change happens in fields of state policy and practice, specifically the processes by which strategies of change are formulated, the role of ideas and emotion in politics, and the relative efficacy of different strategies of reform and transformation.

My previous work sought to understand domination. My doctorate examined the role of customary institutions in Pakistan’s informal economy and the politics of agricultural traders as a segment of the middle classes. I remain interested in understanding the persistence of patronage and forces of stasis more generally as I explore how the state can be democratized and made more responsive to social needs. 

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Economics and Politics, Bachelor of Arts, Hampshire College

History, Master of Arts, London School of Economics

International Development, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford


  • patronage
  • state
  • democratization
  • informal economy
  • middle classes
  • intellectuals
  • Pakistan
  • strategies of change


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