There is currently no academic research programme focused on contemporary Pakistan in the UK. The South Asia Centre is comitted to develop a dedicated community of researchers to examine issues of concern in modern-day Pakistan, making the Centre the hub for Pakistan-related studies.
Select themes include:
- Industry, Development and Natural Resources
- Infrastructure and Demographic Dividends
- Livelihoods, Skills Development and Living Heritage
- Water and Energy Security
- Urbanisation and the Middle Class
- Citizenship, Diaspora and Identity
- Aspirational Pakistan
- Pakistan between the Middle East and South Asia
The Pakistan programme will comprise multiple elements of cross-cutting research and collaborative academic enterprise, including focused research themes and clusters; visiting Professorships and Senior Fellowships; Junior Fellowships; seminars, conferences, public lectures and other academic events; and internships and diffusion programmes for visitingstudents from Pakistan. The Centre also aims to work with NfPs like the Pakistan Business Council and individual businesses to develop capacity for leadership amongst new-age, younger generation Pakistanis; create international networks of academics, business leaders, community professionals to link-up and debate Pakistan globally; develop policy-focused analysis and planning; and curate collaborative events with higher education institutions in Pakistan.
A central aim of the South Asia Centre is to engage with the central and state governments through capacity-building initiatives and research-based policy planning.