Research Fellow

Dr. Rabea Malik is a research fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives. Rabea’s substantive interests lie in the areas of sociology of education and political economy of education reform in low-income country contexts. With a background in policy analysis using mixed methods (MPhil Ed. University of Cambridge) and research on markets, and inequities in school choice and parental participation (PhD University of Cambridge), Rabea’s current research interests include marketization of primary and secondary education; inclusive education; and school based management. Rabea has conducted policy research studies on the education-poverty nexus in low-income country contexts, the political economy of aid for development, and alternative service delivery mechanisms in education. She has also been involved with a multi-year, multi-country research consortium on outcomes of education, where she conducted qualitative research on areas including health and fertility outcomes, and skill acquisition and its impact on lives and livelihoods in Pakistan. She is currently conducting a mixed-methods study on school based management and public private partnerships in education, which is being funded by DfID.

Research Focus

  • Inequality
  • Governance of Education

IDEAS Research

  • Understanding Barriers to Women’s Uptake of Skills in Punjab Pakistan – Punjab Economic Opportunities Programme


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