Shahrukh Wani

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. 

At Cities that Work, Shahrukh works to translate research into policy guidance for cities. 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 as a Research Assistant on IGC’s knowledge partnership with UN-Habitat to implement the strategic phase of the FCO’s Global Future Cities Programme. Prior to IGC, Shahrukh worked as a consultant to ActionAid UK on taxation while concurrently studying at the London School of Economics.

Shahrukh is also a frequent writer on public policy, particularly on his native Pakistan. He tweets @ShahrukWani.

Content by Shahrukh Wani
  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Kabul: Identity, legitimacy and governance

    What roles do cities, with their youthful populations, play in developing a sense of identity and legitimacy in fragile contexts? This panel takes Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan and the fifth fastest-growing city in the world, as a case study to examine how urban contexts and actors can support, or undermine, national stability by providing a dense spatial context...

    4 Nov 2019

  • Blog post

    Getting the right institutions in place to run Africa’s cities efficiently

    Over the next 16 years, all of the world’s 10 fastest growing cities are going to be in Africa. If this growth is a process of people voting with their feet, as last year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics Paul Romer once put it, these cities are winning. Yet urbanisation in many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is not delivering the...

    22 May 2019 | Astrid Haas, Shahrukh Wani

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Urban governance institutions: Policy options for fast growing cities

    Developing countries today are home to all of the world’s thirty fastest-growing major cities — with sub-Saharan Africa home to twenty-one of these thirty. This rapid growth has made these cities the epicentre for the battle for national prosperity, a struggle whose outcome depends on the policy choices made by city leaders. Policy options which target the...

    30 Apr 2019 | Astrid Haas, Shahrukh Wani

  • Blog post

    Reforming Pakistan’s tax system: Evidence-based suggestions

    As Pakistan fails to collect a decent proportion of own-source revenue, it has little choice than to take on debt or depend on more creative means, such as a recent crowdfunding campaign, to fund public projects.  Where does Pakistan stand? Pakistan tax-to-GDP ratio is about 12% . In comparison, OECD countries raise taxes equivalent to about 34% of their GDP. This limits...

    3 Dec 2018 | Shahrukh Wani