M.A. Talpur

PhD Student


Musharaf Talpur is a PhD student in the department of Environmental Economics of IVM Institute for Environmental Studies at the VU University Amsterdam. He earned his first master degree in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan, and his second master degree in Agricultural Economics from Imperial College, University of London, UK, specialising in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. His MSc dissertation addressed the role of sustainable groundwater irrigation to mitigate irrigation-induced salinisation in Pakistan. At present, Musharaf Talpur is working on a PhD project pertaining to welfare measures and methodological issues in revealed and stated preference models for estimating the recreational economic value of the Indus Delta Mangrove Ecosystem (IDME) in Sindh province in Pakistan. The main objective of this project is to determine overall recreational economic value by combining revealed and stated preference methods to support the sustainable management of IDME. Musharaf Talpur’s main interests are in methodological and econometric issues related to non-market valuation and choice models in particular.


Natural Resource Economics, Mathematical Economics, Applied Econometrics

Academic training

1997-1998MSc Agricultural Economics, University of London, UK
1992-1994MSc Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
1988-1989BA Economics, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan

Professional employment history

2011-presentPhD student, Department of Environmental Economics, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University, Amsterdam
2003-presentAssistant Professor (on study leave), Sindh Development Studies Centre (SDSC), University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan
1996-2003  Lecturer, Sindh Development Studies Centre (SDSC), University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan
1994-1996Research Associate, Sindh Development Studies Centre (SDSC), University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan


2011-2014               PhD scholarship, awarded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) / University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan

1996-1998               Post-Graduate Scholarship, awarded by the Department for International Development / British Council, UK

Selected publications

Journal articles

Pathan, P. A and Talpur, M. A. (2009), "Cotton Export Policies under WTO: A Case Study of Pakistan-China", Biannual Research Journal of GRASSROOTS, 39, 1–10.

Talpur, M.A. & Taherani, A. (2004). Using economic valuation for sustainable natural resource management: an important aspect of environmental policy making for wetlands in Pakistan. Research Journal of Social Sciences, 4 & 5, 153–167.

Talpur, M.A. & Jariko, G.A. (2001). Policy constraints threatening sustainable groundwater irrigation development in Pakistan. Research Journal of Social Sciences, 3, 43–50.

Talpur, M.A. & Jariko, G.A. (2001). Role of environmental legislation and administration in protecting the environment: the experience of Pakistan. Biannual Research Journal of GRASSROOTS, 23, 75–84.

Book chapters

Talpur, M.A. (2006). Pollution under asymmetric information & environmental regulation, Chapter 13, Section–III: Environmental Governance. In Troubled times: sustainable development & governance in the age of extremes (214–226). Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad & SAMA Publishing Services (ISBN 969-8784-40-3).

Taherani, A. & Talpur, M.A. (2004). The economic value of water and the problem of water scarcity in Pakistan. In Arain, M.A & Khuhawar, M.Y (eds), Environmental, social, and cultural impacts of water scarcity in Pakistan (221–232). Dr. M.A. Kazi Institute of Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan.