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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Dr. Geof Wood

Emeritus Professor, Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Visiting Faculty

Geof Wood is Dean of Faculty from 1 Aug 2005. He was Head of the Department of Economics and International Development from 2000 to 2005, in addition to his role as the founder-director of the Institute for International Policy Analysis (IFIPA) from 1998 to 2005. He is a sociologist, specialising in International Development, with a regional focus on South Asia. However for the whole of his academic career, he has worked in strong interdisciplinary settings, especially alongside economics but also a range of other social and natural science disciplines as well. His research over 34 years since graduation has therefore included: development administration (Zambia); rural development (villages in Bihar, India, and Bangladesh, and more recently Northern Pakistan); irrigation systems and their common property management; rural natural resource management (fisheries, forests); microfinance; social mobilisation and social development; governance; poverty and livelihoods in both urban and rural contexts; and the application of concepts from social policy to thinking about poverty eradication, welfare and development in poor countries, leading in particular to writing about rights and security. He is currently a member of the Wellbeing in Developing Countries ESRC Research Group at the University of Bath. This work has been primarily financed by: the ERSC; the Ford Foundation; the Swedish International Development Authority; the UK Department for International Development; the Aga Khan Foundation; and the World Bank. Both research and teaching have been extensively conducted overseas in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Venezuela, Peru, Zambia and Tanzania.</div><div><br></div><div>Before the formation of the department of Economics and International Development, he taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Social Sciences, as well as extensive supervision of PhD students. In the past, therefore, he has taught courses in: sociology of developing societies; political sociology; agrarian change; sociology and anthropology of development (to Masters courses); livelihoods analysis (Masters courses); natural resource management and sustainable development (Masters courses). He founded the cross-University Masters programme in Environmental Science, Policy and Planning. With the formation of the department and IFIPA, Geof Wood has increasingly focused his attention upon postgraduate teaching (taught programmes and research students), as well as contributing to the formation of new programmes (such as the Masters in International Policy Analysis).