PhD Supervision

Arjun Bedi

I have a wide range of interests but I tend to supervise projects in the area of applied microeconomics/microeconometrics. I have successfully supervised PhD candidates and co-authored papers with them on evaluating the impact of educational interventions in Ecuador and Portugal; analysing the increase in female labour force participation in Kenya and most recently on the role of agricultural diversification in reducing poverty in Vietnam. I am currently supervising several PhD projects. Three of these deal with evaluating the effects of community based health insurance projects in India and Ethiopia; others deal with issues such as internal migration in Bihar, India and migration and welfare gains in Costa Rica.


Peter van Bergeijk

I work a lot with master and PhD students and the collaboration often results in working papers, conference papers and articles or book chapters. Typically this works best when students work on topics that fit in my research profile, but at ISS it is also possible to choose your own topic. My present research interests are: world trade collapse and financial crisis, economic diplomacy and sanctions, gravity and trade and investment, and meta-analysis. Some examples: Economic diplomacy, trade and developing countries, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (with Mina Yakop); Reconsidering Economic Sanctions Reconsidered: A Detailed Outlook at the Sanction Database of the Peterson Institute (with Muhammad Shahadat Hossain Siddiquee); Multi-membership and the effectiveness of regional trade agreements in West and Southern Africa: A comparative study of ECOWAS and SADC (with Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor); Firm heterogeneity and development: a meta-analysis of FDI productivity spill-overs, Journal of International Trade and Development (with Anagaw Derseh Mebratie)

Rolph van der Hoeven 

I have worked for over decades  on issues of employment, inequality, poverty, economic reform especially in developing and emerging economies, increasingly  also in the context of globalization. More recently I am also concerned with the system of international development, in particular issues of global governance, the Millennium development Goals and all the discussions on a relevant post 2015 development agenda. I would like to welcome PhD candidates in these filed that I have a special interest and experience.

Syed Mansoob Murshed 

My research interest confined to developing economies. I welcome PhD research projects in the field of political economy, especially fiscal capacity, aid conditionality, political economy of growth, political economy of macroeconomic policy making, and economics of conflict, such as rational choice approaches, peace agreements, micro-studies of conflict, and the liberal (capitalist) peace. I also welcome candidates researching the natural resource economics in particular resource curse and ‘Dutch’ Disease; as well as in International economics.

Susan Newman

I would be interested in supervising projects that involve critical engagement with orthodox economics and the pursuit of heterodox economic analyses in the broad subject areasof Industrial policy and industrialization; Commodity dependence and economic development; the financialisation of accumulation; Financial sector development and the allocation of capital; the relationship between finance, financial practices and the organisation of production and work (in particular, but not limited to, transanational supply chains and networks). 

Howard Nicholas

My preference is to supervise PhD students researching  in the areas of Industrial policy and Industrialisation. This may include topics in business cycles in the global economy as a whole and developing countries in particular; the sources and nature of shifts in global economic power between regions and countries; industrial development and industrialisation policies in developing countries; functioning of money and capital markets in developing countries. I also welcome candidates in the fields of economic and financial integration in the East Asian region; the experience with, and future prospects for, development banking; and determinants of external payments balances and exchange rate movements in developing countries.

Lorenzo Pellegrini 

I welcome PhD students who want to engage with: Governance and environmental policies, corruption, institutional settings and collective action in environmental management, forestry and poverty reduction, natural resources dependency and poverty, extraction of non-renewable resources and institutional determinants of long‑run economic development. PhD Candidates who want to work on interdisciplinary issues around the extraction of hydrocarbons and minerals in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia are especially invited to apply. 

Irene van Staveren

I am a pluralist economist. I work in the perspectives of social economics, institutional economics, Post Keynesian economics and feminist economics. I welcome research proposals in either of these schools of thought, preferably with a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. I am interested in both macro and micro economics. My current research topics cover the financial crisis, gender and finance, ethics and economic behavior, experimental economics, and theoretical/conceptual work. I have no preference for a particular region of the world.

Natascha Wagner

My research interests are in international economics, development and health. In my research, I apply quantitative microeconomic methods to interdisciplinary questions such as for example the economic consequences of female genital cutting (FGC), the link between bride price payments and fertility decisions and the impact of polygamous household organization on child health. Moreover, I took part in various impact evaluation studies: In Senegal, I gathered data for an evaluation under the auspices of the World Bank and carried out surveys for the evaluation of a rural infrastructure program of the UNDP. In Côte d’Ivoire, I was field coordinator for an HIV/AIDS prevention program by the Projet d'urgence Multisectoriel de Lutte contre le Sida (PUMLS). Currently, I work on the long-term effects of quality improvements in Philippine public hospitals. I am also in the process of setting up a randomized control trail supporting people living with HIV in Burkina Faso. I welcome PhD students in these special interest and experience.

EDEM  PhD researchers blog

The PhD supervisors in EDEM have a history of actively integrating PhD and MA students into their research projects and staff is also substantially involved in CERES the national research school for resource studies for development and in supervision at ISS, other faculties of Erasmus Universities and other universities, both in the Netherlands and abroad. EDEM takes pride in the fact that major contributions to its research program have been (co-)authored with current and former PhD and MA students.