Philip 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.