I am a development economist based at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien).
I deliver lectures and seminars in economics, international politics and development at the University of Vienna and at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.
My academic career started in 2011 when I received my PhD at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). Before that I worked for ten years with the International Red Cross in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Central Europe and in Brussels.
My research agenda explores how individual actors influence economic performance. To estimate the effects of indvidual colonial bureaucrats on post-independence development I exploit a new set of biographical data of 14,000 British colonial officers, which I have assembled during my stay
In 2016, I teamed up with students (History Department, University of Vienna) to systematically interview remaining colonial officers still alive today. We wanted to find out what exactly they did to prepare the colonies for independence. Until mid 2018, project VOICES has recorded the personal histories of over 100 former colonial officers. We have also collected rich biographical material with the aim to publish it in a digital humanities project.
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