Name: Zain Rafique, PhD
Affiliation and Position (other than Canada Asia Research Collective): Assistant Professor, Department of Governance and Public Policy, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan
Membership of organisations (other than Canada Asia Research Collective): IPPA, APASWE
Educational Qualification/s: (Degrees): PhD (Public Policy); Mphil ( Governance and Public Policy)
Languages written and spoken: English, Urdu, Punjabi
Interest Areas (social work teaching, research and practice): I am broadly interested in the Local Governance, Public Health, Public value, New Public Governance, Citizen Participation and Civic engagement. In particular, my future research interests are shaped by the emerging trend from New Public Management towards New Public Governance. My research agenda focuses on the question of how the participatory governance (including all stakeholders) and new public governance can make public sector organizations more efficient?
Current Activities (social work teaching, research, practice, others): I want to implement an expanded research project that will further test my argument on the development of civil societies and Participation mechanism in Pakistan. I am interested in developing new indicators that measure this development. I plan to pursue funding from the international agencies to carry out new research: on the development of political and social capital in Pakistan, on opinions of key stakeholders in civil society, and on other new quantitative and qualitative measures of civil societies. To my knowledge, none of this work has been done or proposed in Pakistan.I am also interested in expanding and publishing research that I have begun on another project that focuses on shift from New Public Management to New Public Governance. I want to test the applicability of New Public Management and New Public governance in the government settings of Pakistan. On the external side, my interest has been, and continues to be, on the synergies and disconnects between policies designed at the international level by governments, development and financial international institutions, think tanks, and NGOs and what happens on the ground in Pakistan.