I am an  Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat) at Leibniz University Hannover’s Institute of Macroeconomics, headed by Prof. Martin Gassebner. 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) and affiliated with Data-Pop Alliance — a coalition on Big Data and development.

My research is broadly situated in applied econometrics, development economics, and political economy. Within those fields I’m interested in almost anything involving geospatial data,  but particularly economic growth, the political economy of ethnicity,  the effects of institutions on different aspects of development, 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.