I am a tenured researcher at the Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE(CSIC)) and a Research Professor at the Barcelona GSE. My CV can be found here.

My fields of interest are political economy, development economics and conflict studies. In my most recent research projects I have analyzed how political institutions can make societies more robust, the channels through which violence affects the economy and how conflict can be predicted using millions of newspaper articles.

My work has been published in leading journals in economics and political science such as the American Economic Review (AER), the American Political Science Review (APSR), the Journal of the European Economic Association (JEEA) and the American Journal of Economics: Macro (AEJ: Macro). I have also produced research reports for the UK government, the World Bank and the UN.

My main activity as is to conduct research on the economy and political institutions that drive our wellbeing. My research is mostly quantitative and I am typically combining methods from several fields of economics, political science and data science both in terms of empirical tools and theory.

I specialize in Political Economy, Development Economics, Conflict Studies, Machine Learning and Industrial Economics. My research is motivated by the enormous challenges posed by armed conflict and inequality in the world. This is also why I am engaged in policy oriented research for organisations like the UN, IMF, World Bank, Banco de España, DFID (UK) and the Universal Rights Group.

I completed my Ph.D. in Economics at the London School of Economics in 2008. Since then I have been working at the Institute for Economic Studies (IAE(CSIC)) and became a tenured researcher at the institute in 2018. In 2019 I also became Research Professor at the Barcelona GSE. I am also affiliated with MOVE and CEPR.

Apart from my academic research I am trying to be useful by both teaching and providing policy oriented research. I teach political economy at the IDEA program and political economy and data science at the Barcelona GSE. I have written policy reports for the UN, IMF, World Bank, Banco de España, DFID (UK) and the Universal Rights Group.


My research is dedicated to an understanding of economic development. One of the biggest challenges for development is political instability and the outbreak of violence. In my research I try to understand why countries destabilize and how instability affects economic development. But I have a diverse interest in methods and topics including the effect of the Spanish crisis and the driving factors of structural change in Northern Africa.


Advances in data generation and analysis have created tremendous chances for a better understanding of the development process. I want to contribute to this process by helping the development of new techniques in my research and by educating future generations to be able to use both social science and data science tools in their work.