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Neelum Nigar


Director (CSP)

Dr. Neelum Nigar is Director, Center for Strategic Perspective (CSP) at institute of Strategic studies Islamabad where she oversees research and advocacy on Pakistan’s non-traditional security challenges including climate change, poverty, and food insecurity among others.  Dr. Nigar holds a PhD in Economics from the Pakistan Institute of Development Economic (PIDE), Islamabad.  She has M.Phil degree in Economics from PIDE and M.Sc. Economics and Finance from the International Islamic University Islamabad. Her research focuses on poverty, social protection programs, impact evaluation, and issues of sustainable development for Pakistan. Before joining as Director, CSP, Dr Nigar was working as Research Fellow at China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at ISSI, where she was responsible to carry out research on Pakistan-China economic relations, Belt & Road Initiatives, and CPEC.  She has also been on the faculty of National University of Modern Languages Islamabad (NUML), where she was teaching economics to graduate and under-graduate students. Dr. Nigar has written a number of research papers and book chapters.

Recent publications:

  1. China’s Success in Poverty Alleviation: Learning Experience for Pakistan. https://ddsk.cbpt.cnki.net/WKE/WebPublication/paperDigest.aspx?paperID=f191ad25-88bf-46e0-ab10-74212002d85a
  2. Households’ Risk Management and Coping Strategies: How do the Poor Respond to Various Idiosyncratic and Covariate Shocks in Pakistan? https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00219096211038651

Issue Brief on “China’s Success in Poverty Eradication: An Appraisal”

As the world was dealing with the global pandemic of Covid-19, concerns were raised about China’s ability to meet its target of poverty eradication...

Special Economic Zones for Growth and Competitiveness in Pakistan’s Economy: Learning from Global Experiences

Abstract This study examines the potentials of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in enhancing economic growth and competitiveness in Pakistan....

Issue Brief on “Prospects of Pak-China Cooperation in Agriculture”

On November 4, 2020, a meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Socio-economic Development under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework was...

Report – Launch “Special Edition of PIVOT Magazine”

China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted a launch of Special Edition of PIVOT Magazine on...

Report – Webinar on “Political, Economic and Social Impact of COVID-19”

China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) in collaboration with AGAHI and Mishal Pakistan hosted a Webinar...

Report – Roundtable with “A 6-Member Delegation from CPPCC”

China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organised a roundtable discussion with a 6-member delegation from Guizhou Provincial Committee of...

Report – Roundtable Discussion with “Young Chinese Diplomats”

The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISS) hosted a roundtable with young Chinese diplomats on 26 June, 2019. The ten-member delegation was led by...

Report – Public Talk on “BRI & FOIP: Are They Compatible?”

Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted a Public Talk tilted "BRI & FOIP: Are They Compatible?" on September 30, 2019. The speaker at the occasion...

The China Boom: Why China Will Not Rule the World, Hung-Ho-Fung. New York: Columbia...

The book, The China Boom: Why China will not Rule the World, is based on some of the often asked questions; why and how...

Report – In-House Meeting “Pakistan-China Agriculture Cooperation Dialogue”

The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) held an In-House Meeting with a Chinese delegation for Pakistan-China Agriculture Cooperation Dialogue. The Chinese side was...