Tilman Brück

Professor Tilman Brück is the Founder and Director of ISDC. He is also Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Team Leader – Development Economics at IGZ near Berlin, Research Affiliate of the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon, and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. Professor Brück is the co-founder and co-director of the „Households in Conflict Network (HiCN)“ and the coordinator of the Marie Curie action “Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict“ (TAMNEAC).

His research interests focus on the economics of household behavior and well-being in conflict-affected and fragile economies, including the measurement of violence and conflict in household surveys and the impact evaluation of programs in conflict-affected areas. He has published over thirty articles in peer-reviewed journals (including Journal of Conflict ResolutionJournal of Peace ResearchJournal of Comparative EconomicsEuropean Journal of Political Economy, and World Development) and edited over a dozen books and special issues of journals on the economics of conflict and insecurity. Professor Brück has led as a principal investigator several impact evaluations in conflict-affected and fragile states.

Professor Brück was previously Director of SIPRI, Professor of Development Economics at Humboldt-University of Berlin, and Head of the Department of Development and Security at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). He has also worked as a consultant for the BMZ, European Commission, DFID, GIZ, ILO, KfW, OECD, UNDP, USAID and the World Bank. Tilman Brück studied economics at Glasgow University and Oxford University and obtained his doctorate in economics from Oxford University.

Anastasia Aladysheva

Anastasia-imageDr Anastasia Aladysheva is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Life in Kyrgyzstan project, focussing on impact evaluations of development and peacebuilding programmes in Kyrgyzstan. Her primary research interests include development economics, impact evaluation methods, social and behavioural economics, and political economy.

Anastasia completed her PhD in International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development in Geneva in 2013. Anastasia previously worked as a field coordinator and a consultant at the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation Initiative for a community-driven development project in Burkina Faso, and as an instructor and teaching and research assistant at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She received an MA in Economics from the Central European University, Budapest, and an MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.

Ghassan Baliki


Ghassan Baliki from Lebanon is a Research Affiliate with ISDC, a research associate at the Department of Development and Security of DIW Berlin, and a doctoral student at Humboldt University of Berlin. He is currently co-managing in collaboration with the London School of Economics (LSE) a project to collect conflict event data in Syria. He previously was a Marie Curie fellow with TAMNEAC (Training and Mobility Network for the economic Analysis of Conflict), has worked with the EU Election Observation Mission of Lebanon as a media monitor and analyst, and as a STC with the World Bank.

His  interests include the analysis of media during conflict, with focus on the Middle East, as well as topics related to violence, deprivation, and democratization. His areas of expertise are quantitative statistical analysis and data collection and management.

Carlos Bozzoli

Carlos BozzoliDr Carlos Guillermo Bózzoli is currently Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) in Buenos Aires and Research Affiliate at ISDC. He holds a B.A. degree summa cum laude (best GPA of the class) from UTDT. He has a PhD degree from the University of Princeton (U.S.A), having as advisors Anne Case and Angus Deaton. Previously, he was Researcher at DIW Berlin between 2007 and 2011, where he conducted research in different fields: confllict, poverty, war, health, economic develoment, and political economy. His research was presented at prestigious meetings, such as during the AEA (American Economic Association) and EEA (European Economic Association) annual meetings. His publications appear in different field and interdisciplinary journals, among them Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Letters, European Journal of Political Economy, Demography, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Economics & Human Biology, among others.

Damir Esenaliev

Dr Damir Esenaliev is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and a Senior Researcher at the Life in Kyrgyzstan project at SIPRI. He has worked at SIPRI since April 2013. Previously he worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Dr Esenaliev holds a PhD degree from Humboldt University of Berlin and he obtained his Master’s degree in Development Economics from Williams College (USA). His research interests include quantitative microeconomic research related to labor markets, poverty, inequality, and intergenerational mobility. Lately he has been involved in impact evaluation studies of peace-building interventions in Kyrgyzstan. His past professional experience was at the National (Central) Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic and the World Bank office in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Neil Ferguson

Neil-imageDr Neil Ferguson is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and a Senior Research Associate at BIGS in Potsdam. He obtained his PhD in Economics in July 2013, from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, focusing on theoretical and empirical analysis about the role of multiple aggressors in civil conflicts. His current interests lie in a broad cross-section of theoretical and empirical conflict and development topics, including: the role of micro-dynamics on conflict intensity, behavioral impacts of conflict involvement, the impact of corruption on growth and the relationship between conflict and economic behavior. He has on-going research interests focusing on conflicts and violence in Northern Ireland, Kenya and Mexico. Previously, Neil worked at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and studied on the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics at the University of Edinburgh.

Patricia Justino

Patricia JustinoProfessor Patricia Justino is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and a development economist specialising in applied microeconomics. Her current research work focuses on the impact of violence and conflict on household welfare and local institutional structures, the microfoundations of violent conflict and the implications of violence for economic development.

Other research interests include the measurement of multidimensional inequality and poverty and their effects on social development and economic growth, the measurement and modelling of poverty (static and dynamic), the role of social security and redistribution on economic growth and household welfare and the impact of economic shocks on household income mobility.

Patricia has led several research projects funded by the British Academy, DFID, the European Commission, the ESRC, FAO, the Leverhulme Trust, UNDP, UNESCO, UN Women and the World Bank. She is the Director of MICROCON and co-founder and co-director of the Households in Conflict Network. Since September 2013, Patricia Justino leads the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Sussex.

Sindu Kebede

Sindu2bwDr Sindu Kebede is a post-doctoral researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and a Research Affiliate at ISDC. Currently, she is working in the HORTINLEA project on issues of poverty and food security in Kenya. Her research focuses on poverty, vulnerability and coping of households, especially on multidimensional poverty measures, shocks affecting the food security status of households and their coping strategies. She completed her doctoral studies from Humboldt University of Berlin and Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), both in Berlin. She obtained her MSc in Economic Policy Analysis and a BA degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Dr. Kebede has many years of experience with academic research including her work with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Sindu has published a book chapter on the effects of civil war on agricultural development and rural livelihood in Sierra Leone.

Sami Miaari

Sami1bwsmallDr Sami Miaari is Lecturer at the Department of Labor Studies in Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and a Research Affiliate at ISDC. His research focuses on the labour economics, economic causes and consequences of conflict, including on the economic costs of political instability and the relationship between economic shocks and conflict. The results of his research serves to evaluate international policies designed for a peaceful resolution of conflict. His works have appeared in mainstream journals of economics such as Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Population Economics and Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Maren M. Michaelsen

Maren M. Michaelsen

Dr Maren M. Michaelsen is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. She obtained her PhD in Economics in July 2013 at Ruhr Universität Bochum where she subsequently was appointed as assistant professor of economics. In her PhD thesis, she analysed empirically the determinants and outcomes of inequalities in human capital accumulation with a focus on the consequences of violent conflict on individual behaviour, such as labour supply, migration, and psychological well-being. Her research interest lies in the micro-dynamics of conflict, especially the interrelation between economic agents, and psychological and behavioural consequences of life-threats. Previous to her PhD, she studied economics at the University of Birmingham, UK, and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant and interned at RWI Essen, Germany. She teaches economics of conflict and peace and microeconometrics. She is also a research affiliate of the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn.

Bakhrom Mirkasimov

Bakh_imageBakhrom Mirkasimov is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and a lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT). He is expected to obtain his PhD in Economics in Spring 2015, from Humboldt University of Berlin. In his PhD thesis, he empirically analyzed the relationship between migration, remittances and the human capital of those left behind and the transfer behavior in migrant sending communities using panel data from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

His current research work focuses on the impact of forced marriages on child birth weight, comparative analysis of labor market outcomes in the economic transition of Central Asia and the implications of trust for local institutional structures.

Previously, he visited Duke University as a Research Scholar, worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and served as a consultant to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He earned his Master’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and studied finance at Boise State University.

Eleonora Nillesen

Nillesen-bandwDr Eleonora Nillesen is a Research Fellow at UNU-MERIT and a Research Affiliate at ISDC. Her research interests include the impact of conflict on socio-economic outcomes in Sub-Sahara Africa. Eleonora obtained a PhD in development economics from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, in June 2010. Before joining UNU-MERIT, Eleonora held research positions at Wageningen University, ETH Zürich and DIW Berlin.

Eleonora has published on the impact of violent conflict on socio-economic indicators and institutional change, with a particular focus on rural households in Sub-Sahara, in international peer reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. Her current work focuses on assessing the effectiveness of aid interventions using field experiments in Liberia, DR Congo, Kyrgyzstan and Kenya.

Myroslava Purska

Mira-imageMyroslava Purska is a Project Manager at ISDC. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing a management, communication and dissemination framework for a number of EU-funded research projects. Myroslava also has a track record for effective and efficient collaboration with researchers and administrators in Europe and developing countries. She received Master degrees in humanities from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and Lviv National University, Ukraine.

Philipp Schröder

Philipp SchröderDr Philipp Schröder is a Research Affiliate with ISDC and a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin. His current research project focuses on the ethnography of trade and translocal livelihoods in Eurasia, in particular Kyrgyzstan, Russia and China. Previously, Philipp was a member of the research group on ‘Integration and Conflict’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale. He obtained his PhD in 2012 from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, researching youth cultures, identity and urban change in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. Philipp has published on the relationship between migration and conflict in Central Asia, on gender relations and urban lifestyles, on spatial and social mobilities, and on ethnographic methodology.

Wolfgang Stojetz

Wolfgang Stojetz is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and a Ph.D. candidate in the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Sceince (BDPEMS). He is also a Research Affiliate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), and a Visiting Research Fellow at Yale University.

Wolfgang’s primary research interests are the economic, social and institutional interactions of development and violent mass conflict. His dissertation studies the long-term integration of Angolan civil war veterans into the post-war economy, society and household. It draws on ten months of fieldwork conducted in Southern Angola and makes use of novel quantitative data at the household and individual levels.

Wolfgang studied physics, mathematics and economics at the University of Colorado (Boulder), the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, and the University of Regensburg, Germany, and earned a Diplom in Physics from the University of Regensburg (equivalent to M.Sc.). He has held grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Portuguese Research Council (FCT), the German Physical Society (DPG), Humboldt-University of Berlin, and BDPEMS, and has served as a short-term consultant to the World Bank.

Philip Verwimp

philip_verwimp_200px-b-wPhilip Verwimp is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and he currently holds the Marie and Alain Philippson Chair in Sustainable Human Development at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he is also a Fellow of ECARES. Philip holds BA, MA and MSc degrees in Economics and Sociology from the universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Göttingen. He obtained his PhD in economics in 2003 from Leuven where his doctoral work was supervised by Professor Stefan Dercon and Professor Lode Berlage. He spent 1,5 years at Yale University, first during his PhD as a Fellow from the Belgian-American Educational Foundation and then as a post-doc with a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.

Philip specialises in the economic causes and consequences of conflict at the micro-level. He has done quantitative work on the death toll of the genocide and on the demography of post-genocide Rwanda. In 2004 he received the Jacques Rozenberg Award from the Auschwitz Foundation for his dissertation. He taught development economics at the Institute of Social Studies (now Erasmus University of Rotterdam) in The Hague and at the Universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Utrecht and was a Research Fellow from the Fund for Scientific Research (Flanders, Belgium) and Visiting Fellow at ECARES (2007-2009). He. Philip is engaged in longitudinal studies of health, schooling and nutrition in Burundi where he is the lead researcher in a partnership between his university and UNICEF-Burundi, involving among others impact evaluation. In the fall semester of 2013 he visited the Economics Department of UC Berkeley.


The ISDC works in close collaboration with a range of international experts on security and development who contribute to different projects at various times.

One such group of experts are the Affiliates of the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN). Their details can be found here.