Department of Economics and Development Studies


Pakistan in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular is facing various challenges such as lack of good governance, population explosion, poverty, conflict, Water-Food-Energy insecurity, climate change, biodiversity loss, depletion of natural capital, lack of quality and standards and lack of macroeconomic instability. To solve such issues, the academic and research institutions play important role in suggesting options. The Department of Economics and Development Studies (DEDS) in the University of Swat has the potential to design and teach courses alongwith conducting free inquiry into the real world issues of domestic and international domain. The DEDS is one of the pioneer Departments of University of Swat and the graduates of this department are either perusing their higher studies in prestigious institutions or serving in many private and public sector organizations. The Department is currently offering BS degrees Programs in Economics and Development studies. However, the Department is in the process of launching MPhil and PhD degree programs in both Economics and Development studies. Moreover, the Department is also planning to start research center for sustainable development which will provide input to the government departments and policy makers on the key provincial and national issues.


To impart quality education in the fields of Economics and Development studies and to excel in the field of research at par with the reputed international institutions followed by establishing linkages with national and international institutions.


To develop critical thinking among the students and enabling them to take informed decisions in the practical life is the prime responsibility of the DEDS. Moreover, the students would be engaged in seminars, trainings, workshops and research activities to keep them updated and well prepared for any job of responsibility assigned to them in future.


  1. To equip students with sound theoretical and applied knowledge in line with the international standards.
  2. To enlighten the students with the economic and development challenges in the country and around the world.
  3. To prepare a capable human resource having sufficient knowledge with research skills for contributing to various institutions and society.
  4. To provide policy input on various key issues of the economy to the stakeholders through publishing policy briefs and scholarly articles.
  5. To establish linkages with various national and international institutions to promote research and academic activities.

Programs offered

  1. BS Economics
  2. BS Development Studies


DR. ANWAR HUSSAIN Associate Professor / Chairman

Ph.D (Economics) (2010) Department of Economics, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. M.Phil (Economics) (2005) Department of Economics, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan. M.A (Economics) (2001) University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan.

Mr.Muhammad Imad Khan

E-mail: Details: Lecturer, Department of Economics and Development Studies PhD in progress M.Phil Economics (Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan) BS (Hons) Economics (Government College, University Lahore) Additional Responsibilities: Deputy Director P&D (June 2016-June 2017) Member of the syndicate (June 2014-June 2017) Attended 20th Masters trainers faculty professional development program (MTFPDP) at HEC islamabad Email:

Dr Fazal Rabbi

E-mail: PhD. 2009 awarded by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management, Justus Liebig University Giessen Germany. Dr. Fazli Rabbi Joined University of Malakand in 2009 and worked as Assistant Professor in the department of Economics till August 2010. In August 2010, he joined University of Swat as a pioneer team member of the first administration of the University of Swat. Since then, he is working as Assistant Professor department of Economics and Development Studies University of Swat. He has been teaching courses in Environmental economics, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, and Research Methodology. His Research interests include issues pertaining to Rural economy, rural livelihoods, Natural resource and Human Ecology, climate Change and economics of Mountainous livelihoods to name a few.

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Tariq Shah

Assistant Professor


Ph.D (Agricultural Economics and management)

Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China



Dr.Umar Hayat

Assistant Professor

Details: Ph D in Economics, Department of Economics (University of Peshawar) M. Phil Economics, Department of Economics (University of Peshawar) Email:​

Details: Lecturer, Department of Economics and Development Studies M. Phil Economics and Finance Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad 

Assistant Professor

PhD Economic (in Progress), Department of Economics, University of Peshawar
M. Phil, Applied Economics Research Center, University of Karachi

Details: Lecturer, Department of Economics and Development Studies. M.Phil (Agricultural-Economics) Agriculture University Peshawar Email: