Shahrukh “Shah” Wani is an Economist at the International Growth Centre (IGC)’s Cities that Work Initiative based at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Here, Shahrukh works to translate research into urban policy guidance. His research and practice focuses on municipal finances and urban governance, with a particular interest in urban institutional arrangements, decentralisation, public-private partnerships, and taxation of land and property.
Before his current role, Shahrukh worked on IGC’s partnership with UN-Habitat to implement the strategic phase of British Foreign Office’s £80 million Global Future Cities Programme. During this, he conducted institutional analysis of 19 cities in 10 middle-income countries which shaped the subsequent 42 projects on urban planning, transport, and resilience. Prior to IGC, Shahrukh worked as a consultant to ActionAid UK on taxation in Pakistan, and as an intern on poverty measurement at the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Grameen Foundation.