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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Tayyab Safdar is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Centre of Development Studies. His research investigates the effects of increasing Chinese investment in infrastructure projects on economic development in countries located along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The research is based on an in-depth analysis of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is often referred to as the pilot project for the Belt and Road Initiative and has vital importance for developing countries. Tayyab joined the Centre of Development Studies from the Department of International Development, London School of Economics where he was an LSE Fellow. Tayyab completed his PhD in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge.


Global Value Chains, Political Economy of South-South development cooperation, Energy transition in developing countries


Key publications: 

“Catching up with the ‘core’: the nature of the agricultural machinery sector and challenges for Chinese manufacturers” [Forthcoming Journal of Development Studies] (with T. van Gevelt.)

“The Smart Villages Initiative: Lessons for Pakistan” Development Dialogue vol 2 no. 7 (with J. Holmes) 2017

“Insights from an energy poor Rwandan village” Energy for Sustainable Development vol 32 pp 121-129 (with T. van Gevelt, C. Canales and B. Jones) 2016

The Rural Woman's Constraints to Participation in Rural Organizations. Journal of International Women's Studies, vol 14 no 3 pp 210 -229 (with M. Tanwir) 2013


Other publications: 

Sugarcane and Punjab, Pakistan: Production, Processing and Challenges” Ethical Sugar Report February 2015

“Current indicators and their uses and limitations in measuring success in Poverty Reduction” (with S. Fennell, D.A. Clark)

“Business models for mini-grids”, Smart Villages Initiative

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“Energy and agriculture for Smart Villages in India”

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Sustainable dissemination of improved cookstoves: Lessons from Southeast Asia” Smart Villages Initiative

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Dr Tayyab  Safdar