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Muhammad Tayyab Safdar

Muhammad  Tayyab  Safdar

Affiliated Lecturer and Ph.D. Candidate, Centre of Development Studies

MPhil Development Studies (Cambridge)

MBA (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)

BSc. Mechanical Engineering (University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan)


Tayyab Safdar is an Affiliated Lecturer and a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. He is also a member of the Tutor Panel at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), University of Cambridge. Tayyab holds an MPhil (Development Studies) from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan) and a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering also from Pakistan.

Tayyab has worked as an independent consultant for organisations including the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Besides teaching and research, he also contributes regularly to the leading newspapers in Pakistan like Dawn and the Express Tribune.

Research Interests

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


Tayyab lectures at the Centre of Development Studies for the MPhil course on ‘Comparative Development of India and China’ (Paper 34). He also teaches the course on: ‘An introduction to International Development: Understanding contemporary issues and themes,’ at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge.

Key Publications

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]

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