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Biography

Tayyab Safdar joins the Centre of Development Studies as a Post-Doctoral Researcher. His research investigates the effects of increasing Chinese investment in infrastructure projects on economic development in countries located along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The research will be based on an in-depth analysis of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is often referred to as the pilot project for the Belt and Road Initiative and has vital importance for developing countries. Tayyab joins the Centre of Development Studies from the Department of International Development, London School of Economics where he was an LSE Fellow.

Tayyab completed his PhD and MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. His PhD research looked at the differential impact of globalisation on agro-industrial value chains in developing countries. The thesis brought to the fore a distinction between two ideal-type ends of a continuum from the ‘archetypal’ to the ‘ossified’ value chain. The research was based on a comparative analysis of the sugarcane value chain in Brazil and Punjab, Pakistan.

Research

Research interests include: Agriculture Policies in Developing Countries in the era of Globalisation; Agro-Industrial Value Chains and Globalisation; Food Security and the impact of Renewable Fuels; Sustainability of Food Systems and Renewable Energy.

Publications

Key publications: 

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Papers:

T. van Gevelt, C. Canales and B. Jones and M.T. Safdar. (2016). Insights from an energy poor Rwandan village, Energy for Sustainable Development 32(2016), 121-129.

M. Tanwir and M.T. Safdar (2013). The Rural Woman's Constraints to Participation in Rural Organizations. Journal of International Women's Studies, 14(3), 210-229.

M.T. Safdar (2019) and T.van Gevelt. Catching up with the ‘core’: The nature of the agricultural machinery sector and challenges for Chinese manufacturers, Journal of Development Studies. Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00220388.2019.1632435  

 

Other Publications:

M.T. Safdar and J. Holmes (2017) The Smart Villages Initiative: Lessons for Pakistan. Prepared, Development Dialogue 2(7), Available at: http://www.ppaf.org.pk/doc/dd/Development-Dialogue-Sep-2017.pdf

M.T. Safdar (2017). Business models for mini-grids. Smart Villages Initiative, Available at: http://e4sv.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TR9.pdf

M.T. Safdar and B. Heap (2016). Energy and agriculture for Smart Villages in India. Smart Villages Initiative and ICRISAT, Available at: http://e4sv.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Energy-and-Agriculture-for-Sm...

M.T. Safdar and S. Hirmer (2016). The water-energy-food nexus in West Africa. Policy Brief 19, Smart Villages Initiative, Available at: http://e4sv.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/BR-19-Water-energy-food-nexus-in-West-Africa-Smart-Villages-Initiative-Workshop.compressed.pdf

M.T. Safdar (2015). Sugarcane and Punjab, Pakistan: Production, Processing and Challenges. Ethical Sugar Report February 2015. Available at: http://ethicalsugar.org/research/

M.T. Safdar (2015). Sustainable dissemination of improved cookstoves: Lessons from Southeast Asia. Policy Brief 12, Smart Villages Initiative, Available at: http://e4sv.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BR12-Sustainable-dissemination-of-improved-cookstoves-lessons-from-Southeast-Asia.pdf

M.T. Safdar (2015). Enabling frameworks for deploying micro-grids: Lessons from Pakistan. Policy Brief 9, Smart Villages Initiative, Available at: http://e4sv.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/BR09-Enabling-frameworks-for-deploying-micro-grids-Lessons-from-Pakistan.pdf

S. Fennell, D.A. Clark and M.T. Safdar (2013). Current indicators and their uses and limitations in measuring success in Poverty Reduction. Mimeo. Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK for the World Bank Institute

Journal Articles

M. Tanwir and M.T. Safdar (2013). The Rural Woman's Constraints to Participation in Rural Organizations. Journal of International Women's Studies, 14(3), 210-229.

Journal Articles in Progress

M.T. Safdar (In Progress) How not to do Energy Policy: The case of Sugarcane based Ethanol in Pakistan [In Preparation for Energy Policy]

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

 

Post-Doctoral Researcher
PhD Development Studies (Cambridge)
MPhil Development Studies (Cambridge)
MBA (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)
BSc. Mechanical Engineering (University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan)
Currently not taking PhD Students
Dr Muhammad  Tayyab  Safdar

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