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.