Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies
Member of the Tutor Panel at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), University of Cambridge.
Tayyab Safdar is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies and a member of the Tutor Panel at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), University of Cambridge. He is currently working as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Smart Villages Initiative, an innovative research project that focuses on improving energy access for people based in remote off-grid rural areas in developing countries.
He has previously worked as an independent consultant for multilateral organisations including the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Besides teaching and research, he also contributes regularly to the leading newspapers in Pakistan like Dawn and the Express Tribune.
Tayyab holds a PhD and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan) and a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering also from Pakistan. His Doctoral research investigated the impact of globalisation on agro-industrial value chains in developing countries focusing in particular on the evolution of the sugarcane value chain in Punjab, Pakistan.
His research interests include: Renewable Energy; Agricultural policies in Developing Countries; Agro-Industrial Value Chains and Globalisation; Food Security and the impact of Renewable Fuels