Faculty Profile

Dr. Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar

Assistant Professor

Suleman Dawood School of Business

Dr. Ghazal Zulfiqar has a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, an MSc in Development Finance from the Univesrity of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. 

Prior to joining LUMS she was faculty at the University of Massachusetts’ (UMASS) Department of Economics. She also worked as a policy researcher at UMASS' Center for Social Policy where she was involved in policy evaluations and consultancies for the Massachusetts’ Department of Early and Secondary Education, the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Massachusetts government’s homelessness prevention initiative, and several private foundations.

Her policy experience includes rural development in the southern United States. Apart from this she has worked in international project finance and investment banking at Citigroup, Inc. in Pakistan and the UK with projects spanning the African continent and South Asia.

Research Interests

The political economy of poverty, gender and class-based inequality.

Affiliation / Honours

1) University of Massachusetts Boston's Public Policy Book Award - 2014

http://www.umb.edu/news/detail/exemplary_dissertation_earns_ghazal_zulfiqar_the_public_policy_book_award

2) IBA - MBA Class of 1997 Gold Medal

3) IBA - Class of 1996 BBA Silver Medal

Industry Focus

Microfinance

    • Article
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2017). Do Competing Logics Allow Microfinance to Reduce Intersecting Inequalities. Feminist Economics, 23 (1), 160-185.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2016). From Kashf Foundation to Kashf Microfinance Bank - Changing Organizational Identities. Asian Journal of Management Cases.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2016). Financializing the poor: "dead capital", women's gold and microfinance in Pakistan. Economy and Society.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2014). Micro finance- To What End? Findings form Pakistan.. The Economic & Political Weekly.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2013). The Economy of Shame- A Review of ' Microfinance and its Discontents- Women in debt in Bangladesh' By Lamia Karim. .. Wellesley Women's Review of Books.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2011). Review of ' Social Justice and Gender Equality: Rethinking Development Strategies and Micro Economic Policies'. Feminist Economics.
    • Others
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2013). Hunger Amidst Plenty – A Review of Ash in the Belly – India's Unfinished Battle with Hunger by Harsh Mander Dawn News.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2013). Virtuous' Debt Status and Precarious Living Dawn News.
    • PaperI
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2015). Gold Collateralized Microcredit and Women's Autonomy in Pakistan. American Economic Association, San Francisco, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2015). 'Global Policy Network and Micro Finance - Non-state Actors and Local Development in Pakistan'. Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2015). Global Policy Networks and Microfinance – Non-State Actors and Local Development (in Pakistan). Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2014). Commercialization, Financial Access and Poverty in Pakistan.. Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association, Boston, Boston, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. & Weller, C. (2014). Does Financial Market Diversification in Non-OECD Countries Reduce Macroeconomic Volatility? An Econometric Exploration. Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association, Boston, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2014). Research and evidence on the impact of microfinance. South Asia Microfinance Network, Islamabad, Pakistan.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2014). 'Is Micro finance Working? Research and Evidence on the impact of Micro Finance'. Annual Conference of South Asia Micro Finance Network, Islamabad, Pakistan.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2014). Changing Trends in Microfinance's Emphasis on Gender. International Association For Feminist Economics, Association for Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA), Philadelphia, PA, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2013). The Gendered Political Economy of Building Peace in Conflict-Affected States. Conflict Transformation through Economic Development and Innovation Conference, Massachusetts, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2013). Microfinance and Human Development: Does Institutional Form Matter?. Association of Comparative Economic Studies, ASSA, San Diego, CA, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2013). How Institutional Structure Shapes Outcomes in Microfinance. McCormack School of Policy & Global Studies, UMass Boston. Research Seminar Series, Boston, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2012). Microfinance, Poverty and Gender Empowerment – Evidence from the Field. Center for Social Policy, UMass Boston, Boston, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2012). Microfinance and Poverty Alleviation: Findings from Pakistan.. Annual Conference of the Social Science History Association, Vancouver, Canada.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2012). Microfinance and the Promise of Social Change – Can a Financial Intervention Empower Women?. IX Annual Social Theory Forum, Boston, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2012). Financial Market Diversity and Macroeconomic Stability. Annual Conference for the Eastern Economic Association,, Boston, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. (2012). Closing Resource Gaps: Microfinance?. College of Management, UMass Boston, Boston, United States of America.
      • Mir Zulfiqar, G. & Takenaka, R. (2012). Using Technology in Qualitative Research. McCormack Graduate School, UMass Boston, Boston, United States of America.
TitleSemesterCode
Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2014-151401
Introduction to Policy AnalysisFall Semester 2014-151401
Women and Policy in PakistanSpring Semester 2014-151402
Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2015-161501
Introduction to Policy AnalysisFall Semester 2015-161501
Introduction to Policy AnalysisSpring Semester 2015-161502
Women and Policy in PakistanSpring Semester 2015-161502
Introduction to Policy AnalysisFall Semester 2016-171601
Independent StudyFall Semester 2016-171601
Senior Project in General Management IFall Semester 2016-171601
Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2016-171601
Women and Policy in PakistanSpring Semester 2016-171602
Senior Project in General ManagementSpring Semester 2016-171602
Senior Project in General Management IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Senior Project in General ManagementSpring Semester 2016-171602
Introduction to Policy AnalysisFall Semester 2017-181701
Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2017-181701