Research Agenda

Some of the research possibilities initially identified by CGaPS are noted below. These broad topics will be refined through the contribution of the community of researchers that CGaPS hopes to attract.


Democracy, governance and citizen participation:

  • Track the performance and participation of elected representatives in parliament and in their respective constituencies in terms of social and gender indicators
  • Explore what motivates voters, especially women and youth to vote or abstain from elections, as well as their choice of candidates. How do voters follow up with their elected representatives?
  • Track national and provincial legislative activity to identify emerging needs for evidence in policy, and how evidence produced by CGaPS is being used.

Gender, Peace and Conflict

  • Displacement, return and rehabilitation of conflict affected populations, particularly women and children
  • The gendered and political economy of conflict
  • Approaches to conflict resolution in communities and their gendered effects
  • Local Government and citizens inclusion



  • Changes in family and kinship patterns
  • The family, gender and work nexus
  • Sexual and reproductive health


  • Dispensing and accessing justice
  • Migration and displacement (the social and economic effects of)

Youth: social and economic issues; leadership

Education: focus on secondary and higher education

Violence against women, girls and boys

Globalization and its effect on the local social.


  • Analyzing the intersections of gender and poverty in Pakistan. Examine aspects other than poverty, for example unemployment, low wages health insurance, unaffordable housing etc.
  • Shining a spotlight on the effects of economic policies on low-income women and communities, their everyday economic hardships and coping strategies to reduce class and ethnic disparities.
  • Gendered analysis and advocacy on national and provincial budgets and tax policies and proposals, highlighting the impact of fiscal decisions on working poor, low-middle income families
  • Gender blind public expenditures: Tracking public contracting and disbursement policies to identify who benefits and who is excluded