Muhammad Azfar Nisar is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Administration at the Suleman Dawood School of Business where he is also the Director of Center for Governance and Public Management. Dr. Nisar obtained his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from Arizona State University, USA in 2016. His doctoral dissertation was awarded the Best Dissertation Award by the Public and Non-Profit Division of the Academy of Management. His prior education includes, a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in International Area Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Economics from the University of the Punjab, and an MBBS degree from King Edward Medical College, Lahore. Prior to joining LUMS, Dr. Nisar was an officer in the civil service of Pakistan where, as a member of the Pakistan Administrative Service, he served in multiple administrative positions in different parts of the country.
His research focuses on issues related to policy implementation, public administration, health policy, gender identity, and governance and has been published in top-ranked journals of the world including Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Gender & Society, Higher Education, Public Administration & Development, International Review of Administrative Sciences, and Administration & Society. His research is based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies including ethnographic fieldwork and social network analysis.
Dr. Nisar has provided policy advice to multiple local and international organizations and is currently working on developing a book on public policy analysis in Pakistan. His current research interests include citizen activism, accountability in the non-profit sector and evidence based health policy formulation.