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Personal profile


I am an Associate Professor in Economics. I hold a PhD in Economics and an MA in Political Science from the University of Zurich.

My research interests are in applied economics. I've mainly explored topics in economic growth and development, particularly in resource economics and conflict studies. I've recently been studying how we can change attitudes and behaviour for better natural resource management using behavioural economics. In my research, I use secondary data, as well as primary data gathered through surveys, field experiments, and lab-in-the-field experiments. I'm also fascinated by economic history and how it helps us understand present-day economic and political activities, and I love delving into old books and archives.

My work has been published in leading general interest and field journals such as Science, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the Journal of Monetary Economics, Ecological Economics, and World Development. One of my articles on the natural resource curse won the 2009 biennial Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics.

You may find further details on my work on my personal webpage.

PhD Supervision Interests

I am interested in topics involving mainly applied work (desk analysis or fieldwork) in economic growth and development, particularly in resource economics, conflict studies, and political economy. I am happy to advise theses that use macro-, microeconometric or behavioural approaches, and that combine theory with empirical applications. 


Areas of Expertise

natural resource management; natural resource curse; natural resource transparency and accountability; environmental behavioural economics; origins of violent and nonviolent conflict

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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