I am a quantitative social scientist who works at the intersection of environmental and development economics - or envirodevonomics for short. I combine data, mathematical models, and coffee to study how human development and environmental sustainability can reinforce each other in lower- and middle-income countries. I am particularly excited about policies that strengthen resilience in local communities, invest in biodiversity and ecosystem services, or enable just, pro-poor transitions towards (and beyond) net-zero.
I work as a Research Assistant in Climate Compatible Growth at the University of Oxford, where I form part of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, the Resilience and Development research team at the Environmental Change Institute, and the Institute of New Economic Thinking. Before coming to Oxford, I worked with the Development Economics Group at ETH Zurich and studied at UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University.
Large data sets, spatial information and time trends are common to most of my projects. Therefore, I mostly code in R and occasionally dabble with Python and Julia. Other than that, curiosity and caffeine fuel most everything I do and I’m passionate about sharing specialty coffee with the people around me while we brainstorm new ideas and challenge each others mindsets in conversation.
I am also a self-certified geek when it comes to FOSS, languages (human and programming), and music. In my screen-free time, you might find me running, cooking, or taking pictures of the world around me. Here, I write the occasional blog post to capture an idea I have, take note of something I would otherwise forget, or weigh in on a topic that has recently caught my attention.