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Saman Shafiq

PhD Candidate, Public Policy, Management and Analytics


Track: Public Administration

Concentration: Urban Governance and Networks

Areas of interest: Networks; Organizational Behavior; Collaboration; Urban Governance; Education Policy; Disaster Management; Survey Methods

Saman Shafiq has worked on projects that are quite diverse in policy scope: from evaluating transportation programs to determining appropriate performance standards for municipal services. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Shafiq worked for Center for Economics in Pakistan (CERP) and Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), Lahore, Pakistan, evaluating the impact of “women’s-only transport” on female labor force participation and identifying the effect of teaching practices on learning outcomes for children with disabilities. As a master’s student, Shafiq worked at Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) assisting in the development of Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), 2017. She was awarded Dean F. Eitel Award for outstanding MPA student by the Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration in 2018. She also received the Department of Public Administration Scholar Award (DPASA) by the University of Illinois at Chicago to pursue her Ph.D. Currently, Shafiq is part of the UIC team working on a collaboration project known as Northern Illinois Benchmarking Cooperative (NIBC). The project involves identification of performance standards for municipal services such as policing and analysis of data collected by the communities to provide the most effective and efficient community services to the citizens. Through her research, Shafiq wants to study how data and social network analysis can be used as tools to better understand the decisions that organizations and their members make. She wants to research on how different relations and different attributes of individuals or organizations change the dynamics of the decisions they make along with how decision-making processes at an organization can be optimized so that they lead to the most effective results.


MPA, Public Administration, College of Urban Policy and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago (2018)
BSc, Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences (2015)