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ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, SOAS, University of London

Kambaiz Rafi is a political economy researcher and holds a PhD in Development Policy from UCL (University College London). He is the author of "Patriarchal Hierarchy; Market Capitalism and Production in Afghanistan". Kambaiz joined SOAS University of London in October 2022 as a UK Research and Innovation ESRC Post-doctoral Fellow in development studies.

His doctorate studied private capitalist investments in manufacturing sector in the context of a market economy affected by conflict (taking Kabul 2002-2018 as a case study), drawing on methods from institutionalist political economy and economic sociology. He received his doctorate in summer 2021 and is now working on upcoming research projects.

His undergraduate is in economics from Pune University (India), and he has a master's in international political economy from King’s College London. He also holds a diploma in national security and international relations from India. Kambaiz is Afghan-American and has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, US, UK and France. He is fluent in Persian, English, French, Pashtu, and understands Urdu and Hindi. He regularly contributes to online outlets as an independent analyst.


  • 2022–present
    ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, SOAS University of London
  • 2020–2021
    Senior Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, UCL (University College London)
  • 2018–2019
    Senior Advisor , Ministry of Economy of Afghanistan
  • 2017–2018
    Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, UCL (University College London)


  • 2021 
    UCL (University College London), Development Policy and Planning
  • 2014 
    King's College London, MA International Political Economy
  • 2010 
    Savitribai Phule Pune University, Economics


  • 2022
    Patriarchal Hierarchy; Market Capitalism and Production in Afghanistan,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Economic and Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council