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Ammar Malik

I am a PhD student and Graduate Research Assistant at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University just outside Washington D.C. I have obtained a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, Masters in Public Policy from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and Masters in Public Affairs from Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Before starting my PhD, I worked as Program Officer Housing at the National Disaster Management Authority in Islamabad, Pakistan during the monsoon floods of 2010. I have also been part of Standard Chartered Bank’s International Graduate Program, working as Relationship Manager for Small and Medium Enterprise Banking in Lahore, Pakistan. I am also a public policy consultant and have completed projects for the World Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Growth Center (IGC). My PhD dissertation is titled ‘Understanding the Form and Function of Developing Country Cities: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach’ which investigates the links between spatial urban structures and human creativity, focusing on their relationship with economic growth. My PhD is being supervised by Dr. Jonathan Gifford, Dr. Hilton Root and Dr. Andrew Crooks. The USAID sponsored Pakistan Competitive Grants Program has funded my research on Pakistan. In addition, I serve as Adviser and Editor to the International Policy Leadership Institute in Paris. I am also an avid cricketer, currently the Vice President of the Washington Chargers Cricket Association.

3351 Fairfax Dr
Founders Hall # 636
United States

Email: ammar.anees@gmail.com
Web: http://malik.gmu.edu

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Andrew Crooks

Andrew Crooks is an assistant professor in the Department of Computational Social Science at George Mason University. He received his PhD from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London (UCL) where he focused on combining ABM and GIS for the studying residential dynamics. His research interests include ABM, GIS and visualisation focused upon city systems.

Department of Computational Social Science
Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
George Mason University
381 Research 1,
Fairfax, VA
United States

Email: acrooks2@gmu.edu
Web: http://gisagents.blogspot.com/

Hilton Root

Dr. Hilton Root is a policy specialist in international political economy and development, and a member of the faculty at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. His current research examines three related areas: (1) global power transition and the challenge of legitimacy; (2) the comparative and historical dynamics of state-building; and (3) the use of complexity models to understand the evolution of social institutions. He is currently a Professor at the George Mason School of Public Policy; a visiting Professor at King’s College, London; and visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute for Economic Affairs.

United States

Email: hroot2@gmu.edu
Web: http://hiltonroot.gmu.edu

Melanie Swartz

Melanie is a PhD student at the Department of Computational Social Science at George Mason University. She has a background in geography and information science and her current research interests are in agent-based modeling and network analysis in the social sciences.

Department of Computational Social Science
Research I
CSC Suite
Level 3 4400 University Drive Fairfax,
VA 22030
United States

Email: mswartzgmu@gmail.com


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