Policy work and public engagement

In addition to engaging with academics, Masooda Bano tries to ensure her work is accessible to non-academic audiences.

Public speaking events

Recent public speaking events include:

Blessing or Blockage? Religion and Development in Pakistan (Oslo, December 2014) – panelist at a public seminar held in the Philosophers’ Hall of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway.

How should moderates deal with hardliners? (London, March 2014) – invited speaker one of the Westminster Faith Debates, organised by Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead, and funded by the ARHC/ESRC.

Her work has also featured in a video produced by the UK government’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as a case study for best examples of social science impact.


Masooda Bano is a regular, invited contributor to the media in the UK, USA and Pakistan. Among others, she has been interviewed on BBC World, the BBC World Service (both in English and Urdu) and BBC Radio 4.

Selected media appearances include:

She spoke about madrasas and whether they are linked to Islamic fundamentalism on Woman’s Hour.

She was invited to take part in an in-depth discussion programme on BBC World’s The Forum, where every week a specific idea is discussed by academics from three different fields. She participated along with theoretical physicist Lee Smolin and science historian Philip Ball to talk about the idea of ‘curiosity’ in light of their respective research and intellectual projects.

Her research has featured in The Guardian and The Times Education Supplement (UK) and The New York Times (USA); as well as in the University of Oxford’s alumni and staff magazines, Oxford Today and Blueprint. And she has contributed in the past to The International News (Pakistan) and OpenDemocracy.

Selected policy reports and briefs

Mid-Term Evaluation of the EFA Fast Track Initiative – Country Case Study: Pakistan (with Stephen Lister, Roy Car-Hill and Ian MacAuslan) (2010) – report commissioned by the World Bank Fast Track Initiative (FTI) Secretariat, as part of a global review of FTI.

Private Sector Development – Private Sector Involvement in Education in Developing Countries (with Joanna Härmä) (Human Development Resource Centre, DFID, London, 2010) – briefing paper presented at DFID Private Sector Development Advisors’ retreat.

Girls’ Education in Pakistan: Progress, but in Measured Terms (insights 81, June 2010,Institute of Development Studies Knowledge Services Publication) – special edition focusing on ‘Making Education Inclusive for All’.

Islamic, Quranic and Tsangaya Schools Integration Strategy for Kano (2008) – study commissioned by DFID Nigeria for State Government of Kano, Nigeria.

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as ‘Anchor’ of Educational Reforms: Lessons from Pakistan (UNESCO, Paris , 2008) – background paper for the 2009 Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

Pakistan: Country Case Study (UNESCO, Paris, 2007) – background paper for the 2008 Education for All Global Monitoring Report.