I am an  Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat) at Leibniz University Hannover’s Institute of Macroeconomics. I am also an Affiliated Researcher at Maastricht University and United Nations University’s Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), affiliated with the AidData Research Consortium and with  the RTG 1723 Research Training Group Globalization and Development (GlaD) at the Universities of Göttingen and Hannover.

From October 2019 onward, I will be on leave as a Humboldt fellow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

My research is broadly situated in development economics, urban/ regional economics, political economy and applied econometrics. Within those fields I’m interested in almost anything involving geospatial data,  but particularly economic growth, the political economy of ethnicity, and studying poverty/ inequality around the world.

The German Science Foundation (DFG) recently funded a large and exciting project called “Shining (New) Light on Regional Inequality, Convergence and Development”. You can learn more about the project, our partners and output at

Click here to download my full CV (PDF) or head over to my Leibniz University staff page.