I'm an Associate Professor in Economics at the School of Economics of the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Previously, I was a Research Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. Before that, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, after getting my PhD in economics from the University of Zurich. I'm currently our School's Equality and Diversity Director, a role which has made me particularly aware of the pervasive problems facing women in economics. I'm also the head of our Environment, Resources, and Conflict research group. You can find more information on my background in my curriculum.
My research interests are in applied economics. I've mainly explored topics in economic growth and development, particularly in resource economics and conflict studies. I've recently extended my interest in the origins of various forms of conflict to the study of industrial actions and peaceful mass protests. In my research, I use secondary data, as well as primary data gathered through surveys, field experiments, and lab-in-the-field experiments. I'm also fascinated by economic history and how it helps us understand present-day economic and political activities, and I love delving into old books and archives.
When I'm not at work, I spend time with my husband and two children and try to indulge my love of photography and gardening.
On this site you'll find my publications, including my working papers. I've uploaded some datasets and other extra material for my published papers; if you can't find what you're looking for, then please send me an email. There are also some links to articles in the popular press that have covered my work. If you're a student and would like to know more about a course I'm giving, please visit my teaching page.
All photographs on this site belong to me, so please don't use them without my permission.