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Maryam Tanwir

Maryam Tanwir

Research fellow at the Centre of Development studies.

Lecturer for Certificate in International Development, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge

Guest lecturer for the Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge

Guest lecturer for the centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge

Masters in Economics (Government college), MPhil Development studies (Cambridge) PhD (Cambridge)


Her recent research and professional responsibilities have both focussed on International development and good governance. Since the completion of her PhD, she was contracted as an International consultant for evaluating the development interventions of international organizations. She worked as an Evaluation consultant for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and a gender consultant the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), based in Rome, Italy. The work focused on evaluation of the Development initiatives of these organizations with a focus on gender, poverty, institutional efficiency and economic growth. Prior to her PhD she worked as urban economist for government of Punjab, in Pakistan. She has also worked as a research associate for the Anti-money laundering project, for the World Bank. 

Research Interests

Maryam is currently pursuing post-doctoral research that examines the performance of performance standards and their correlation to bureaucratic efficiency. Her previous research in the Centre of development studies investigated the lack of good governance in developing countries, by examining the inability of the bureaucrat to ensure development which remained correlated to erroneous performance assessment and political alignment. Her recent academic and professional research interests focussed on good governance, institutional efficiency, civil service performance, performance measurement, gender empowerment and poverty reduction.


Maryam lectures on the Certificate of “Poverty and International Development” at the institute of Continuing education in the University of Cambridge. Her lectures in the Centre of development studies and south Asian studies range from gender participation to governance failures to the Mughals in the Pre-modern India. She has also worked as a Lecturer in Development Economics in the Lahore School of Economics for MSc and BSc students. She was the lecturer in Development economics in Cambridge tradition program, 2012. She also worked as the MPhil Graduate Supervisor for paper 1, 2 and 3 in the MPhil Development Studies. 

Key Publications

Tanwir, Maryam (2014). Gender Neutrality and the Pakistani Bureaucracy. Journal of International Women's Studies, 15(2), 143-164.

Tanwir, Maryam and Safdar, Tayyab (2013). The Rural Woman's Constraints to Participation in Rural Organizations. Journal of International Women's Studies, 14(3), 210-229.

Tanwir, Maryam and Shailaja Fennel ‘Political Neutrality and the Pakistani Bureaucracy: a mutually exclusive phenomenon?’ PDR Vol. 49, No.3, autumn 2010,

The role of Private Sector in rural poverty reduction in Pakistan. (IFAD, 2010)

IFAD’s contribution to Gender equality and women’s empowerment in Zambia(IFAD, 2010)

Determinants of institutional efficiency in development projects (IFAD, 2011)

Brief Series 1, 11, 111 and electronic news letter’s (available at

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