Dr Mahvish  Shami

Dr Mahvish Shami

Assistant Professor in Development Studies

Department of International Development

+44 (0)20 7852 3639

About me

Mahvish Shami has been a visiting research fellow at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and worked as an external consultant for the World Bank. After completing her PhD she spent a year doing Post-Doctoral research at the Institute of Food and Resource Economics at Copenhagen University. 

Her current research builds on her doctoral thesis by exploring the types of collective action projects peasants undertake in villages with varying levels of connectivity.


Selected publications


  • Shami, M. (forthcoming) “Connectivity, Clientelism and Public Provision” Forthcoming British Journal of Political Science.

  • Shami, M. (2012). “Collective Action, Clientelism, and Connectivity,” American Political Science Review, 106(3).


  • Shami, M. (2012) “The Impact of Connectivity on Market Interlinkages; Evidence from Rural Punjab,” World Development 40(5).

Working papers

  • Shami, M. (2018). “Trust, Malfeasance and Power: Understanding the users of police in a developing country”.

  • Shami, M. and H. Majid (2017). “Clientelism, Informal Access and Slums”.

  • Faguet, J.P. and M. Shami (2017). “Instrumental Incoherence in Institutional Reform: Decentralization and a Structural Solution to Political Exigency”, ID Working Paper. (Submitted to Comparative Political Studies).

  • Shami, M. and H. Majid (2015). “The Political Economy of Public Goods Provision in Slums Preliminary results from a field study in urban Pakistan”, IGC Working Paper.

  • Faguet, J.P. and M. Shami. (2008). “Fiscal Policy and Spatial Inequality in Latin America and Beyond,” background paper for: World Bank, World Development Report 2009.


agrarian development; agrarian power relations; collective action; community-based development; development economics; informal institution; informal networks; interlinked markets; land reforms; political development; political economy of development


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 2012-2015