Dr. Abdur Rehman Cheema

Research Analyst


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Dr Abdur Rehman Cheema is Research Analyst at the United Nations Development Programme based at the Federal Sustainable Development Goals Support Unit, Ministry of Planning, Development, Reform and Special Initiatives, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad. He is engaged in analysis and interpretation of economic and statistical data on issues and drivers that could accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); preparation of policy papers and concept notes.

Dr Cheema has a multidisciplinary education with a doctorate and a postgraduate diploma in Development Studies from Massey University, New Zealand (2012) and, MBA in Human Resource Management (2004) and Masters’ in Economics (2002) from Pakistan. He had won prestigious fellowships; Chevening Fellowship (2019) at the University of Oxford and Charles Wallace Fellowship (2017) at the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University, UK.

Before joining UNDP, Dr Cheema was Team Leader Research for the European Union funded Project titled "Sindh Union Council Communities Economic Strengthening Support" programme at the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), Pakistan. As team leader, he led action research on poverty reduction, governance and health besides building collaboration with national and international academic and civil society stakeholders.

He has been working in academia in teaching, research and management positions. He worked as Programme Manager Development Studies Programme at SZABIST and as a faculty member at the Department of management Sciences, COMSATS University. He is an internationally qualified trainer for faculty professional development. He has extensive professional development to his credit engaged with the professional development of university faculty. He also worked as Assistant Director National Accountability Bureau.

His research interests broadly focus on understanding the development linkages with vulnerability, disasters, governance, climate change and poverty. His research articles have been published in academic journals and as well as in leading national daily newspapers. His correspondence articles have been published in Nature. Complete list of his publications and work is available at



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