Ammar A. Malik is a nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute and director of research at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), a research program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development. At EPoD, Malik leads research policy engagements that derive actionable policy insights from rigorous research. He oversees EPoD’s labor market and education research portfolios in the Middle East, identifying and supporting opportunities for data and economic analysis to inform local policies that empower underrepresented groups and support social and economic development. Malik’s own research focuses on spatial urban forms and their economic implications, the political economy of public service delivery, and the distributional effects of urban public transport.
From 2014 to 2018, Malik was a research associate and senior research associate at Urban’s Center on International Development and Governance, leading work on women’s economic empowerment, the global refugee crisis, decentralization and local governance, and urban economic policy. He also previously worked at the World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, and Standard Chartered Bank. Malik holds a BA in economics and mathematics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, an MA in public affairs from Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris, an MA in public policy from the National University of Singapore, and a PhD in public policy from George Mason University.