Sadia Mehboob

Lecturer, Social Development and Policy
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Sadia Mehboob is a Lecturer of Social Development and Policy (SDP) at the School of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a Fulbright Scholar, and has served as Cultural Exchange Ambassador for the US Department of State. Ms. Mehboob is a graduate of American University, Washington DC, USA with a Master’s degree in Development Economics. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2015 from Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, in Economics. She has been an Exchange Student as a Principal Grantee for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan, at Maryville College, Tennessee, USA in 2012, where she studied Environmental Economics, Contemporary Global Issues, Sociology and American History.

After her Bachelor’s, Ms. Mehboob got into Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, where she started her M.Phil in Economics and was trained in econometric data analysis, focusing on Time Series Econometrics, Applied Economics and Research. After securing a Fulbright grant, Ms. Mehboob left for American University, USA where her concentration was in International and Regional Development, Economics of Violence and Peace and Gender Economics. She has also worked with the World Bank on a variety of development related issues and research areas. She has a particular skill in studying Gender and Development through a deeper understanding of Econometrics, Qualitative Research Methods, and Time Series Data including Forecasting related to Macroeconomic variables.

Upon her return to Pakistan in 2018, she joined Sarhad University of Science and Technology as a Lecturer where she taught Gender Economics, Applied Econometrics and Micro Politics of Development. She has been a visiting Lecturer at Institute of Peace and Conflict, and with the International Relations Department at University of Peshawar. Ms. Mehboob has served as a Research Associate at the Regional Institute for Policy and Research Training, Peshawar as well as a Research Coordinator with Red Elephant Researchers, Australian Government.

Ms. Mehboob’s research interests includes studying the health consequences of Intimate Partner Violence via Socio-Economic variables in the context of developing nations, especially Pakistan. She applied conditional mixed preference analysis by using decision-making power as variable and domestic risk factors surrounding a woman, which leads to domestic violence and health injuries consequently. She has also worked on exploring the intersection of Health and Gender Economics, studying stunting in children and its association with demographics and cultural variables in Pakistan, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Mehboob is also interested in studying African Economies and South American countries, their colonial histories and development related issues in the light of Neoliberalism and third world politics.

Ms. Mehboob is teaching Economics, Feminist Economics, Violence, and Peace in SDP, as well as a core course on Modernity that enables students at Habib University to question their reality and philosophy of life by exploring history of Colonialism, Capitalism, Ecology and Politics and possibilities for a sustainable and bright future.


  • Aug 2016 – May 2018, American University, Washington DC, USA, MS Economics
    Concentration: International Development/ Economics of Violence & Peace/Gender Economics
  • Sept 2015 – Jan 2016, Quaid-e-Azam University , Islamabad, Pakistan, One Semester Coursework in MPhil Economics
    Concentration: Globalization and Development, Applied Econometrics
  • Aug – Dec 2012 Maryville College, Maryville TN, United States of America
    One Semester Undergraduate Course
    Concentration: Development Economics, Global Issues and American History
  • Sept 2010 – Mar 2015, Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, Pakistan, BS Economics 4 years
    Concentration: Development Economics, graduated with distinction (Silver Medal)


  • Feb 2019 Paper Discussant Interdisciplinary Development Research and Action Center , Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan.
    The Political Economy of Development in Baluchistan: A Critical Assessment
  • Sep 2018 Guest Speaker
    Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Peshawar University, Peshawar, Pakistan.
    Talk on War Economics and Peace Settlements in Third World Countries
  • • May 2015 Organizer
    Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Museum Conference Hall, University of Peshawar,
    Peshawar, Pakistan.
    Workshop on Civic Engagement & Local Bodies Election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Mar 2015 International Women Empowerment Conference
    Pak-US Alumni Network , Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Attended a series of workshops on Women in Conflict Resolution process, Socio-Cultural Trends, Changes and Question of Women’s Empowerment, Representation of Women in Mass-Media
  • Apr 2014 Guest Speaker
    Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, Pakistan.
    Invited as a motivational speaker in an awareness session on climate change, its impacts on our
    People and train the audience on how to preserve energy as well as reduce environmental pollution.
  • Dec 2012 Campus Environment Sustainability Plan
    Maryville College, Maryville, TN, USA.
    Worked on a project plan to install compost bins in the college for waste reduction and initiate organic composting.

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 & 2008 Academic Distinctions
    Graduated with distinction in matriculation board exams for securing position in the province. Another Academic distinction secured at Bachelors level in Economics, awarded with Silver Medal.
  • Aug 2016 – Dec 2018 Fulbright Graduate Scholar
    Institute of International Education, New York, USA
    Masters scholarship funded by the United States Department of State, Washington DC, USA
  • Aug – Dec 2012 Global Undergraduate Program in Pakistan, Global UGRAD
  • Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), USA.
    Cultural and Educational Exchange scholarship funded by US Department of State, Washington DC,

Media – News, Videos, Interviews

Interview with Voice of America, Washington DC, USA

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