Staff

Dorothee Weiffen

Dorothee Weiffen is a Researcher at ISDC. Her research interests include poverty alleviation, food security, inequality, and gender, especially in conflict-affected settings. Previously, she worked as a Quantitative Research Assistant at the Development Economics and Food Security research group at IGZ. In addition, she completed several internships, among others at the German Federal Ministry of […]

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Alicia Barriga

Dr. Alicia Barriga is a Researcher at ISDC. She currently works on the impact evaluation of a set of interventions conducted by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. Alicia obtained her MS and PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Connecticut – USA, where she studied the dynamics of displacement, environmental quality, and […]

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Simon Voß

Simon Voß is a Research Assistant at ISDC. His research interests include labor and housing markets, inequality, and impact evaluation. Previously, he worked as a teaching assistant at Freie Universität Berlin. In addition, he completed several internships, among others at DIW Econ GmbH. Simon holds a B.A. in Modern and Contemporary History and Economics from […]

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Ani Todua

Ani Todua is a Research Assistant at ISDC. Her research interests include impact evaluation, shocks & livelihoods. Previously, she worked as a Business Client Advisor at ProCredit Bank Georgia and a Research Assistant at the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ). Ani holds a BA (Hon’s) in Economics from Tbilisi State University, Georgia. […]

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Asees Mohamed Shareef

Dr. Asees Mohamed Shareef is a Researcher at ISDC and a Philipp Schwartz Fellow. His research interests include internally displaced persons (IDPs), forced migration, international politics and international relations. Asees’s past projects include research on national unity and reconciliation among university students in Sri Lanka. Previously, he was a Lecturer at the University of Colombo and an […]

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Andrej Smirnov

Andrej Smirnov is a Research Assistant at ISDC. His Research interest include the interaction between inequality and growth, migration and economics of conflict. At ISDC, Andrej works on the “Gendered Dimension of Forced Displacement” project and assists with data analysis in the “Life with Corona” survey. Previously Andrej held Research Assistant positions at DeZIM-Institute (German […]

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Laura Peitz

Laura Peitz is a Researcher at ISDC and a PhD Researcher at The Hertie School in Berlin as part of the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS). Her research interests include UN peacebuilding efforts, micro-level dynamics of violence, development finance, Multilateral Development Banks and private sector engagement in development. Among others, Laura […]

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Lea Ellmanns

Lea Ellmanns is a Researcher at ISDC. Lea’s varied research interests include conflict and peacebuilding, post-conflict stabilisation, global health security, as well as the law of armed conflict. Geographically, her interests lie in Asia and the Middle East. At ISDC, she is working on the “Financing Peace Processes” project, implemented jointly with Swisspeace. Previously, she […]

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Jan Elfes

Jan Elfes is an intern at ISDC. His research interests include the themes Impact Evaluation as well as Violence & Peacebuilding. Jan studies physics at the University of Heidelberg. Prior to the internship at ISDC he has carried out his Bachelor Thesis at the Institute of Environmental Physics.

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Oscar Mauricio Diaz Botia

Oscar Mauricio Diaz Botia is a Researcher at ISDC. His research interests include education, poverty alleviation, early childhood development and development in conflict environments. At ISDC, Oscar contributed to data analysis for the impact evaluation of the World Food Program Interventions on Children Anthropometric Indicators in Niger. He is currently working on the ‘Evaluation of […]

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Wolfgang Stojetz

Dr. Wolfgang Stojetz is the Director of the Research Program on Behavior 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 […]

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Neil Ferguson

Dr Neil Ferguson is the Director of the Research Program on Peacebuilding 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 research interests address a […]

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Damir Esenaliev

Dr Damir Esenaliev is a Senior Researcher at ISDC. His research interests include quantitative microeconomic research related to social cohesion, labor markets, inequality, rural development, and intergenerational mobility. He has published in Journal of Comparative Economics, Economics of Transition, Social Indicators Research, and International Journal of Psychology. In addition, he has a number of working papers and reports published at […]

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Ghassan Baliki

Dr. Ghassan Baliki is the Director of the Research Program on Welfare at ISDC and a Research Associate at the Development Economics and Food Security research group at IGZ near Berlin. He obtained his PhD from Humboldt-University of Berlin, where he studied violent conflict dynamics in Syria at the micro-level. Ghassan’s research focuses on the interlinkages between […]

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Tilman Brück

Professor Tilman Brück is the Founder and Director of ISDC. He is also Professor at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich and Team Leader – Development Economics and Food Security at IGZ near Berlin. Tilman is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the „Households in Conflict Network” (HiCN) and the Principal Investigator […]

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Myroslava Purska

Myroslava Purska is a Project Manager at ISDC. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing management, communication and dissemination strategies for long-term, multi-partner research projects. Myroslava has a track record for effective and efficient collaboration with researchers and administrators in Europe and developing countries. In the past, she managed several EU-funded programs, including the […]

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Sophie Zschäbitz

Sophie Zschäbitz is a Finance Manager at ISDC. In the past, Sophie worked as a Project Controller and conducted several internships in Controlling and HR. She received her BA in International Business from HTW Dresden and spent exchange semesters in Finland and Slovakia.

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