Dr. Saeed Parto
My academic and consultancy work has centred on analyzing policy and institutions in a wide array of areas including capacity building through development aid programmes (Afghanistan, Ghana, India, Nigeria, and Vietnam), industrial clustering (South Africa, Egypt, and Afghanistan), regional integration (Turkey and the European Union), environmental policy (Canada, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Afghanistan), technological transitions (Europe and Japan), and industrial greening (Canada).
I have carried out research, published, and lectured extensively on these topics to an audience that has included undergraduate and graduate students, operations laypersons, NGOs, and private and public sector decision makers. The two key questions that have guided my academic and non-academic work are:
• Why are policy outcomes often different than policy objectives? And
• How can we minimize the gap between policy outcomes and policy objectives?
In my analysis I focus on the modes of governance and the formal and informal institutions through which governance is exercised, emphasizing the links between governance and policymaking at different jurisdictional and territorial scales. It is through this systemic perspective that I introduce students of international relations, technology and society, urban planning, environmental and natural resource management, regional economics, and policy and government studies to the rich institutionalist literatures in economics, human geography, innovation economics, political science, and sociology.
I am currently Director of Research at Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (www.APPRO.org.af) based in Kabul, Afghanistan and responsible for research programmes on Aid Effectiveness, Socio-economic, Civic, and Political Rights; Natural Resource and Environmental Management; Governance; and Political Economy. I am also Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.
Policy and Policy Analysis, Institutions and Institutional Analysis, and Governance in Development, Environment, and Technology