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Ammar Malik


Ammar Malik is a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute’s Center on International Development and Governance, where he leads the institute’s research on global cities. His research explores the causes and consequences of urbanization, the impact of spatial urban forms and urban transport policy on economic performance, the theory and evaluation of urban resilience, and the governance of public service delivery. He has used agent-based modeling to undertake policy simulations on Pakistan’s cities. Dr. Malik has published several peer reviewed articles, including in Environmental Modeling and Software, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, South Asia Economic Journal, Global Policy and Science and Public Policy etc.

He has previously been consultant to the National Disaster Management Authority Pakistan, World Bank, OECD, UNESCO, Oxfam International and the International Food Policy Research Institute. For his work on the economic costs of sexual harassment in urban transit systems using smartphone technology, the World Bank and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) awarded his team the Development Marketplace Award 2017 for innovations in preventing Gender-Based Violence.

He holds a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University, Masters in Policy Affairs from the National University of Singapore and Institut d’Etudes de Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris, and Bachelors in economics and mathematics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.