Christa Brunnschweiler


I am an Associate Professor in Economics at the School of Economics at UEA. 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 been studying how we can change attitudes and behaviour for better natural resource management using behavioural economics, with fieldwork in Ghana and Indonesia. In my research, I use secondary data, as well as primary data gathered through surveys, field experiments, and lab 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.

I studied political science, economics and Russian literature at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. After spending two years working first for a bank in Zurich and then an audit and consulting firm in Moscow, I returned to academia and got a PhD in economics from the University of Zurich while working as a doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich. I stayed on at ETH as a postdoc and then a Lecturer until 2012, with research visits to the University of Oxford and Wageningen University. I then moved to NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, where I was a Research Associate Professor for three years, before coming to UEA in 2015.

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