My name is Elías Cisneros, and I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Göttingen.

My areas of research are the political economy of environmental degradation, development economics, and conflict economics. In particular, I combine spatial data on biophysical conditions with exogenous market and political shocks to investigate human behavior and the transformation of landscapes. Remotely sensed high-resolution and high-frequency data on forest losses, fires, as well as geo-coded policies and social media data allow me to explore the dynamic processes of the economy and policy. I thereby aim to inform society and policymakers for better governance of the environment.

I studied economics at the University of Freiburg where I received my diploma in 2012. At the University of Bonn, I first worked as a research assistant at the Center for Development Research (2012-2015) and later as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics (2015-2017). In 2017, I received my doctoral degree and subsequently took a year of parent leave before joining the Chair of International Economic Policy at the University of Göttingen in 2018.

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