ISDC is seeking a Junior Researcher (50% FTE) to support research efforts at the nexus of development and political violence. Under direction, the junior researcher will provide research, analysis and operational support.
We investigate long‐term trends in intergenerational educational mobility in Kyrgyzstan and find that Kyrgyzstan maintained high educational mobility, comparable to levels during the Soviet era. However, younger cohorts, exposed to the transition during their school years, experienced a rapid decline in educational mobility.
Dr Damir Esenaliev joined ISDC as a Senior Researcher in January 2019. He brings topical expertise on peace-building, social cohesion, human development, labor markets, inequality, and rural development, and regional expertise in Central Asian and transition economies. Damir also has extensive experience designing and conducting panel data collection and impact evaluations. He will continue his […]
The theories that explain relationships between welfare and work do not provide clear insight for developing countries. In this paper, we confirm that hours worked and income are insufficient to explain the relationship between jobs and wellbeing in a developing country.
A World Bank multi-regional training in the use and integration of the Conflict Exposure Module (CEM) in national household surveys. ISDC conducts intensive trainings for statistical agencies of over 30 countries from MENA, SSA, and Eastern Europe.
An AERC-commissioned study analyzing the micro-level interlinkages between poverty and fragility based on panel data from Kenya.
Conflict disproportionately takes place in countries with large numbers of young people living in rural areas. Yet, this group is seldom the specific focus of analysis in the conflict or rural development literatures. The project outlines what can be learned from prior literature and how it can be applied to rural youth.
This project provides new evidence and recommendations from North-east Nigeria for food security interventions in conflict-affected settings. The findings are based on a review of relevant linkages food security and conflict and an empirical impact analysis of an agricultural input intervention by FAO.
What causes a country to be “fragile” differs significantly across locations. Individuals in different places will often experience fragility very differently. In this project, we develop a survey module to measure individual experiences of fragility, applying this concept for the case of Kenya.
This project analyzes the relationship between food security and violent conflict. We review the literature on the linkages between food security and conflict, develop a novel analytic framework, and create new empirical cross-country and within-country case studies.
A scoping study assessing the use of programmatic micro-data held by WFP Somalia to conduct future impact evaluations.
Dr. Maren M. Michaelsen is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Integrative Health Care and Health Promotion in the Faculty of Health at Witten/Herdecke University, where she works as a behavioural economist on a “Nudging for health” project in an interdisciplinary team. Her research interests are […]
Sami Miaari is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Labor Studies in Tel-Aviv University and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University and an ISDC Affiliate. Dr. Miaari’s research focuses on labor economics, the economic causes and consequences of conflict, including the economic costs of political instability and the […]
Dr. Charles Martin-Shields is a researcher at the German Development Institute in Bonn, Germany, and a Research Affiliate at ISDC. His research focuses on the role of ICTs and digitalization in development cooperation, with particular focuses on peacebuilding and migration. He has recently published research inWorld Development, International Studies Perspectives, International Peacekeeping, and has work […]
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. Her research focuses on poverty, vulnerability and coping of households, especially on multidimensional poverty measures, shocks affecting the food […]
This paper reviews both current practices and common challenges of measuring the causes, functioning, and consequences of violent conflict at the micro-level. The authors review existing conflict — and violence-related survey questionnaires, with a particular focus on the World Bank’s Living Standard Measurement Surveys. Further, they discuss methodological challenges associated with empirical work in conflict-affected […]
A short- and medium-term impact evaluation of a food security and resilience intervention by FAO Syria that aims to address emergency needs, support early recovery, and build longer-term resilience in the agricultural sector.
Dr. Wolfgang Stojetz is a Senior Researcher 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 […]
Dr Neil Ferguson is a Senior Researcher 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 broad cross-section of […]