Shahrukh “Shah” Wani is a Cities Economist at the International Growth Centre (IGC)’s Blavatnik School of Government-based Cities that Work team. At Cities that Work, Shah works under the direction of Sir Paul Collier (Oxford), Ed Glaeser (Harvard), and Tony Venables (Oxford) to translate economic research and practitioner experience into policy guidance for cities in developing countries.
Before his current role as a Cities Economist, Shah worked as a Research Assistant at the International Growth Centre, based at the London School of Economics (LSE). During this, Shah specifically worked as part of IGC’s knowledge partnership with UN-Habitat to implement the strategic phase of the Foreign Commonwealth Office’s Global Future Cities Programme. He helped create a comprehensive knowledge base for subsequent policy interventions in 19 middle-income cities.
Before joining IGC, Shah was a graduate student at the LSE’s Department for International Development. At LSE, he studied a blend of courses in institutional theory, development economics, and public service delivery – graduating in the fall of 2018. For his graduate dissertation, he created a theoretical model on the role of social networks in determining tax compliance behaviour.
While a student, he also worked with ActionAid UK as a consultant on taxation in four developing countries and co-authored a report highlighting progressive policy options for increasing tax revenue. Before this, Shah worked as an intern at the Grameen Foundation and the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), working on the Progress out of Poverty Index (now the Poverty Probability Index) at both.
Shah is also a frequent writer on the political economy of development, particularly on his native Pakistan, and has been published in several newspapers including The Guardian and Dawn.