Ammar A. Malik is a senior research associate in the Center for International Development and Governance at the Urban Institute. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of global urbanization, including the spatial structures of cities, the political economy of public service delivery, and the relationship between economic growth and human mobility within cities. He leads the center’s thematic area on global urbanization.
Malik has used agent-based and spatial-econometric modeling to examine various theoretical and policy issues related to rapid urbanization in developing countries. His multidisciplinary research has been published in several academic journals, including Science and Public Policy, Global Policy, South Asia Economic Journal, Pakistan Development Review and the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. He has previously worked on projects for the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UNESCO, International Food Policy Research Institute, and Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority.
Malik holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, master’s degrees in public policy and public affairs from the National University of Singapore and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and a PhD in public policy from George Mason University.