I am an Economist, currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Innovation in Government & Society, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). Previously, I worked as an Assistant Professor at School of Economics, University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM). My research interests include empirically exploring the relationships that exist at the cross-section of Economics, Politics and other disciplines. In particular, I am interested in the interplay of economic and political institutions with economic outcomes. Moreover, I am also interested in exploring the factors that determine the international tourist flows across countries such as linguistic and cultural proximity, and the effect of conflict on international tourist flows. The aim of my research is to provide policy implications to support evidence-based policy making. I have widely published in leading international journals in Tourism and Economics such as Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, Energy Policy and Energy Economics. All of my publications to date can be accessed via here.
As an Assistant Professor at UAEU I am teaching two undergraduate courses. As an Assistant Professor at UNM, I taught four undergraduate courses and supervised several undergraduate student dissertations. My current and past teaching experience are here. In addition, I acted as a Research director at the School of Economics UNM, where I was responsible for managing the research output in the School and promoting collaboration as well as managing PhD education at the School.
Outside of academia, I have consulted for PwC Middle East on several projects and worked with World Bank on projects related to infrastructure development and productivity in Malaysia, as well as institutional development in Pakistan. Details of the project can be found here.
I earned my PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics at Lund University, Sweden in February 2016. My PhD dissertation explored the dynamics of institutional change and the interrelationship between institutions and economic activity. I also have Masters degree in Economics from Lund University, Sweden and Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.
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