Department of Economics
Research Program

Research Objectives:
1. To produce cutting edge research in the area of economics and other related fields which utilizes advanced theories, principles and analytical techniques to address key issues in economics, business, and public policy.
2. To collect and analyze primary and secondary data from Pakistani and international sources in order to support the research objectives of the students and faculty and share with local and international academics, researchers, policy makers, businesses and other stakeholders.
3. To support local and international collaboration between researchers, academics, policy makers, the business community and other stakeholders in order to produce research that is relevant, timely, and impactful.
4. To publish research articles in leading national and international academic journals in order to disseminate the findings of the research to a larger community.
5. To publish the findings of the research produced in a broad variety of media, such as books, working papers, newspapers, blogs, and social media in order to increase the accessibility and impact of the research being conducted.

Research Program 2023-24:
The research program of the Faculty of Economics is divided into three components:
1. Research and publications of the faculty as a result of ongoing projects (listed in the Research Program, 2023-2028, below).
2. Research and publications of the faculty as a result of local and international collaborations (listed in the Research Program, 2023-2028, below).
3. Publication of books, working papers, newspaper articles, blog posts, etc. based on completed research.
4. Research and publications from PhD and MPhil/MS students based on their research work and theses.
5. Others

Five-Year Research Program 2023-2028
The research program of the department is centered around a series of projects which will yield working papers, policy briefs, newspaper articles and journal articles. The main projects of the department over the next five years are:

Department of Business Administration
Research Program

Five-Year Research Program 2023-2028

2023 Plan includes:
1. Publication of Research Articles in HEC recognized journals 26
2. International conference papers 2
3. Case studies 3

Expected total output 31 pieces of research
It is expected that similar pace of research out-put would continue in the 5-year planning period; and about 150 pieces of research related output are likely to be produced between 2023 to 2028
Up-grading the research software is another area which would help enhance research output along with research focused semesterly faculty development activity aimed at enhancing the research related skills of the faculty members
Teaching and Research Fellows from Business Area in the Staff of the ITC are expected to produce at least one publication / working paper per year, totaling 25 pieces of research output in the next 5 years.

Department of Social Sciences
Research Program

Research Vision

In line with the Lahore School’s Vision/Mission/Strategic Plan 2023-2028, the Social Science Department will organize and sustain an active research agenda aimed at initiating multidisciplinary research on contemporary and emerging issues in Social Sciences.

Research Mission

The Department of Social Sciences is committed to undertake cutting-edge research in a broad spectrum of contemporary issues in Social Sciences and Humanities. 

Research Objectives

1. Diversify the research profile of the Lahore School of Economics by making it one of Pakistan’s leading higher education institutions dealing both with the study of Social Sciences as well as with research in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities.
2. Ensure that research standards follow international protocol and remain sensitive to the individual diversity of interest.
3. Establish and maintain research linkages with academic partners within Pakistan as well as internationally, leading to collaborative ventures such as joint publications, conferences, and research- related visits.
4. To facilitate and support international exposure by presenting at international conferences in specific areas of interest and expertise.

Department/Institute/ Centre Five Year Research Programmes 2023-2028

1. To initiate an MPhil in English Studies
2. To initiate an MPhil in Political Science

Five-Year Research Plan 2023-2028

1. Expand the faculty with suitably qualified PhD instructors with a view to introduce an MPhil program by 2024.
2. Engage with faculty from other departments within the Lahore School with a view to undertake collaborative and multi-disciplinary research.
3. Organise Annual Social Sciences Conference to disseminate research findings to relevant stake holders.
4. Launch a journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.
5. Prepare Stage 2 of the CPEC report based on collaborative research between The Lahore School and SOAS (University of London), to be published in 2025.

Department of Environmental Sciences & Policy
Research Program

Department Five Year Research programmes 2023/28 developed in line with the Lahore School’s Vision/Mission/Strategic Plan 2018-2028

1. Research Vision developed in line with the Lahore School’s Vision/Mission/Strategic Plan 2018-2028

a. To carry out research to make Pakistan a global pioneer and assist the international community in finding sustainable and equitable solutions in the field of environmental sciences

2. Research Mission developed in line with the Lahore School’s Vision/Mission/Strategic Plan 2018-2028

a. To carry out research to solve environmental problems at national and international level

3. Research Objectives

a. To conduct pure and applied research in the field of environmental sciences for advancement of science as well as for solving the problems
b. Collaborate with national and international institutions in order to create synergy

4. Department/Institute/ Centre Five Year Research programmes 2023/28 developed in line with the Lahore School’s Vision/Mission/Strategic Plan 2018-2028

a. To develop lab and acquire software relevant to the research to be carried out in the department
b. Research in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment, Membrane Technology, Evolutionary Biology and Climate Change.

Five-Year Research Plan 2023-2028

a. To carry out research in conservational biodiversity at national and international level
b. To study the impacts of climate change on threatened species of plants and animals in Pakistan and at global level
c. Disease modelling of environmental insect vectors (Dengue and Tuberculosis)
d. Techno-legal research in environmental practices and legislation

Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences 
Research Program


Five Year Research programmes 2023/28 developed in line with the Lahore School’s Vision/Mission

Research Vision

   To be a world-class department in Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, and multidisciplinary fields including Mathematical Economics, Quantitative Finance, and Decision Sciences for conducting cutting-edge research.

Research Mission

   Our research mission is to create a supportive and welcoming environment to facilitate the growth of faculty as researchers and scholars.

Research Objectives

The Research objectives of the Department for Mathematics and Statistical Sciences are:

1. To conduct cutting-edge research in mathematics, statistics, data science, and interdisciplinary fields.
2.To encourage collaborations with industry and government agencies for addressing real-world problems using mathematical and statistical modeling and analysis.
3. To enhance research quality and visibility through publications in top-ranked international journals and by fostering collaborations with researchers from the world's leading universities.
4. To assist early-career researchers in developing their skills and knowledge by offering mentorship and moral support.
5. To volunteer as a reviewer and editor for world-renowned journals to support the research community.

Research Programmes

Our department has planned several new initiatives aimed at enhancing the capacity of our faculty and providing them with exposure to recent developments in mathematics, statistics, and data science, as well as the latest cutting-edge research methods. These initiatives will be implemented over the next five years and will include:

1. Virtual Seminar Series: The aim of this program is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, provide a platform for networking and knowledge sharing, and reach a wider audience. The program will consist of virtual seminars on various topics related to Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science.
2. Visiting Research Fellow program: This initiative offers fresh Ph.D. scholars a unique opportunity to collaborate with senior faculty members for a full academic year. Through this program, fellows can engage in research projects and receive guidance and support from experienced faculty members.
3. Developing an Integrated Framework for Data Science: This initiative aims to explore software components for data management, cleaning, visualization, statistical analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence and develop an integrated framework for data science.
4. Remote Professional Development: This program aims to provide remote professional development opportunities through virtual conferences and workshops on Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from experts across the globe.
5. Industry Science Communication: This program involves communicating scientific knowledge and research findings related to the practical applications of mathematical sciences in economics and business to industry professionals. The goal is to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Department for Media Studies, Art and Design
Research Program

Department/Institute/ Centre Five Year Research program 2022/27 developed in line with the Lahore School’s Vision/Mission/Strategic Plan 2018-2028.

Research Vision and Mission

In keeping with the vision of the university the faculty research aspires to interrogate topics of social significance and creatively experiment with interdisciplinary methodologies and use of diverse media technologies. Our mission is to foster just representation, diverse expression and creative intervention in media and art discourse in Pakistan and globally. It is hoped that the Media, Art and Design department research will help in critical understanding of existing media content and contribute to the development of greater capacity for creative production using traditional and new media.

Five Year Research Program

  • Encourage and facilitate PhD faculty to publish books based on their PhD thesis.
  • Start publication of working papers of faculty research.
  • Develop an MPhil in Media Studies
  • Collaborative inter and intra department research to produce documentaries, exhibitions and multi-media content.

Research themes:

Post-colonial modernity: Pakistani modern art, south Asian cinema, gender discourse in print media, culture of Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Ecologies of modernity,
Lahore City: Heritage and development in walled city of Lahore, cinema, television and radio, art movements and artists, music etc. are themes the faculty is engaged with. We try to streamline this interest into a consolidated stream of research on historical and contemporary culture of Lahore. The research would be aimed at generating valuable teaching resources on local culture and society using an interdisciplinary perspective.

Centre for Research in Economics & Business
Research Program


    To be a world class research center producing cutting edge research in Economics and disseminating ideas and solutions for sustainable and equitable development, particularly for the poor, women and other vulnerable groups.

Mission Statement

CREB’s mission is to:

  • Produce high quality research with meaningful policy impact, build capabilities of its researchers, and engage with academics, practitioners and policy makers on issues of importance for economic development in Pakistan and the world.
  • Contribute to Lahore School’s overall mission by supporting high quality research of its graduate programs, ensuring that its researchers meet the international ethical standards, effectively managing its Research Development Fund grants programme and ensuring that international conferences participated by faculty under its training programme meet its academic standards.


CREB’s objectives are to:

    •  Continuously improve the quality of its research by expanding links with international researchers and encouraging publications in higher ranked academic journals by its staff.
    • Expand its portfolio of research projects funded from competitive external grants.
    • Disseminate research and promote discussion with policy makers, academics and other stakeholders on economic development issues by organizing international conferences and seminars, publishing working papers, policy papers, briefs, newspaper articles and blogs.
    • Develop skills of its staff, especially early career researchers, by mentoring and organizing training workshops, encouraging participation in external capacity-building workshops, academic conferences and seminars, as well as facilitating access to resources for research. 
    • Provide a dynamic, collegial and inclusive work environment.
    • Provide timely and quality support to the Lahore School for:
      •   i. Maintaining high quality of its graduate programmes.
      • ii. Ensuring compliance with best practices of research ethics.
      • iii. Effective use of its funding for research and faculty participation in international conferences.


Innovation Technology Center
Research Program

ITC Stakeholder Activities

1. Distinguished Lecture at the National Management College to Senior Civil Servants; May 16, 2022.
2. State Bank of Pakistan Distinguished Lecture on Trade and Productivity; Oct 13, 2022.
3. Distinguished Lecture at the National Management College to Senior Civil Servants; Oct. 31, 2022.
4. Distinguished Guest Lecture at Mahbub-ul-Haq Research Center at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, May 26, 2022.
5. Hosted Distinguished Lecture of Pakistan Ambassador to WTO at the Lahore School of Economics; Nov 17, 2022.
6. Presentation on trade, innovation, and productivity at Annual Conference of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics; Nov 22, 2022.
7. Training Workshop on Trade for Senior Ministry of Commerce Officials at the Lahore School of Economics; December 8-9, 2022 (planned).
8. Presentation on Productivity and Trade Agreements at Lahore University of Management Sciences ‘Pathways to Development Conference’; Dec 19, 2022.
9. Member of Supervisory Committee for Pakistan’s 5th Trade Policy Review (attended meetings with Ministry of Commerce and WTO ambassador, provided written inputs); Jan – March 2022.
10. Presentation to the Pakistan Minister of Commerce; Jan 6, 2022.
11. Preparation of background note on wheat exports for Pakistan’s Ambassador to the WTO; September 2022.
12. Preparatory Note for Ministry of Commerce on Proposed Preferential Trade Agreement between Pakistan and GCC; Jun – Oct 2022.
13. Special Invitation to Meeting on trade policy and industrial activity with Federal Secretary of Industries; Nov. 8, 2022.

Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS)
Research Program

Research Objectives

In keeping with the Lahore School’s strategic perspective of strengthening research to a world class level, the main objectives of GIDS research programme is to build-on and extend its structuralist, multidisciplinary and historical approach to contemporary themes and issues of economic development and social change through evidence based policy oriented analysis and publish its research articles in established and recognized journals as well as through books published by recognized publishers as well as the Lahore School of Economics. 

GIDS Five Year Research Programme 2023-28 Major Research Themes:

1. Overseas Migration, Remittances, Diaspora and Development. Dr. Nasra Shah (Lead), Dr. Rashid Amjad, Dr. Fareeha Zafar, Ms. Samar Quddus, Ms. Almazia Shahzad.
2. Economic Development and Management of Pakistan Economy in collaboration with Faculty of Economics and CREB). Dr. Rashid Amjad (Lead), Ms. Almazia Shahzad, Ms. Samar Quddus, Dr. Ahmad Nawaz.
3. Gender Inequality and Development in Pakistan. Dr. Fareeha Zafar (Lead), Ms. Aafreen Qayum Khan.
4. Economic History of Pakistan since the Mughals (1520-2020) (in collaboration with Faculty of Economics and CREB). Dr. Rashid Amjad (Lead), Dr. Fareeha Zafar, Dr. Anis Alam, Mr. Javed S. Malik.
5. Microfinance Sustainability and its Impact. Dr. Ahmad Nawaz (Lead), Fariya Hashmat, Samar Quddus.
6. Education and Technology. Dr. Fareeha Zafar (Lead), Dr. Anis Alam, Zahra Mughis.
7. Sustainable Environment and Development. Dr. Anis Alam.
8. Governance and Development Management. Mr. Javed S. Malik.
9. CPEC: Social Economic Development Aspects (in collaboration with Faculty of Social Sciences). Dr. Fareeha Zafar (Lead), Ms. Fariya Hashmat
10. Food Security malnutrition and Poverty. Dr. Rashid Amjad (Lead), Dr. Ejaz Ghani, Samar Quddus

International Linkages:

The Graduate Institute of Development Studies has research linkages with:

  • The Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence Italy.
  • Gulf Labour Markets and Migration Programme (GLMM) of Gulf Research Centre (
  • Dr. Lubna Al-Kazi, Department of Sociology, Kuwait University.