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.  More details.

Anastasia-imageAnastasia Aladysheva
Dr 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. More details.

Ghassan-imageGhassan 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. More details.

Carlos BozzoliCarlos Bozzoli
Dr 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). More details.

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. More details.

Neil-imageNeil Ferguson
Dr 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. More details.

Mariia Iamshchikova
Mariia Iamshchikova is a Research Affiliate at ISDC, she works with the ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Study team.



Patricia JustinoPatricia Justino
Professor 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. More details.

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Dr 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. She completed her doctoral studies at Humboldt University of Berlin. More details.

Charles Martin-Shields
Dr Charles Martin-Shields is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. He is currently a researcher at the German Institute for Development Policy/Deutsches Institut fuer Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn, Germany where he does research on development policy and migration. His research areas include international development, peace and conflict processes, and the politics of digital technology. More details.

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Dr Sami Miaari is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. He 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. More details.

Maren M. MichaelsenMaren 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. More details.

Bakh_imageBakhrom Mirkasimov
Bakhrom Mirkasimov is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and a lecturer at Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT). He is a PhD student in Economics at Humboldt University. In his PhD thesis, he empirically analyzes the relationship between migration, remittances and the human capital of those left behind and the transfer behavior in migrant sending communities. More details.

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Dr 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. More details.


Jérôme Ouedraogo
Jérôme Ouedraogo is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and an Economist-Statistician at Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in Burkina Faso. He is currently a Visiting Researcher at UNECA, where he supports data collection, analysis and outreach for the Impact Evaluation of a WFP project on Malnutrition Interventions in Niger.


Mira-imageMyroslava Purska
Myroslava 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. She received Master degrees in humanities from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and Lviv National University, Ukraine. More details.

Philipp SchröderPhilipp Schröder
Dr 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. He obtained his PhD in 2012 from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. More details.

Wolfgang Stojetz
Dr Wolfgang Stojetz is a Research Affiliate at ISDC and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at Humboldt-University of Berlin. Previously, he was a Predoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University and a Research Affiliate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Wolfgang’s primary research interests are the economic, social and institutional interactions of development and violent mass conflict. More details.

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Professor Philip Verwimp is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. 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. He obtained his PhD in economics in 2003 from Leuven. More details.


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.