Saeeda Batool

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Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University

Email:
batool [at] fc.ritsumei.ac.jp (Replace "[at]" with "@")
Office Location:
AC5413
Office Hours:
Monday 15:00-16:00 (Make an appointment by email in advance)

Education

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University

I did my undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistic followed by a graduate degree in Economics. It enabled me to understand the basics of business, markets, and the role of governments and motivated me to pursue my career in Economics. My doctoral dissertation was focused on the Inequality of Opportunities in Pakistan in the context of Sustainable Development Goals. During my Ph.D., I completed my fellowship as a Young Development Economist at the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (GSCASS).

Message to Students

The global economy faces a number of serious challenges in the 21st Century. These problems include global inequality and unequal economic development, unemployment, global poverty, the exhaustion of non-renewable resources, depletion of the environment, and systemic problems associated with inadequate regulation of financial markets. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown that the world is unprepared to react promptly to global health as well as economic threats. At GLA we will help you learn the ways to contribute to your local communities and get more globally aware of economic, social, and political challenges and play your role to attain a sustainable future for your future generations. In this academic journey, I will stand with my students by offering any guidance they needed.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Institutionalism in Social Studies
  • Human Security in Developing Societies
  • Introduction to Global Liberal Arts I

Introduction to Economics

Life is about choices, and economics is about how incentives affect those choices and shape our lives. This course will develop an understanding of the framework that economists use to analyze how people choose, what motivates their actions, and how their actions influence their personal welfare choices and what are the implications for how societies work. If you read books, newspapers, or social media, you often encounter issues related to poverty, inequality, stock markets, and supermarkets, and the role of government policy to improve outcomes for a society, this course aims to develop your skills to comprehend these issues.

Institutionalism in Social Studies

This course is focused on exploring the fundamental cause of prosperity with a particular focus on political and economic institutions. The first part of this course is “getting the toolkit”, students will learn basic concepts of microeconomics such as the functioning of markets, market failures, poverty, inequality, GDP, economic growth, physical and human capital, technological change, and welfare. In the second part of the course, we discuss the institutional underpinnings of a market economy and public policies and their implications for the current societies and institutional innovation. In the third part of this course, we discuss the economics of COVID-19 and how the corona vaccine market has challenged the role of various institutions.

Human Security in Developing Societies

In the field of peacebuilding and security, the transformation of technology institutions and society entailed by globalization has brought about new forms of threats and crises while it is also fostering new frameworks of solutions and opportunities. In this course, students will learn the theory and reality of Human Security, especially in terms of human rights and capability, particularly in the context of developing societies in Asia. This course will help you explore the interlinkages between human security, peace, development, and human rights, and equally considers civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.

Research Interests

Development Economics, Poverty, Inequality

My research interest lies in exploring the economic inequalities, inequality of opportunities prevailing in developing economies , and different dimensions of wellbeing including health and education.

Supervision Information

I would be happy to supervise any topic related broadly related to sustainable development goals and specifically related to economic challenges faced by developing economies.

Representative Publications

To be added