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Eleonora Nillesen is Research Fellow at UNU-MERIT. She holds a PhD in Development Economics from Wageningen University. Her research interests include the impact of conflict on socio-economic indicators and institutional change, with a focus on Sub-Sahara Africa. She is involved in research projects in Liberia, DR Congo, and Kyrgyzstan, assessing the effectiveness of development interventions through field experiments.

Eleonora has served as a consultant to the World Bank, UNDP and UNICEF on various occasions and is a member of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3IE) expert’s roster. She is also affiliated with the Graduate School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University; the International Security and Development Center in Berlin; the Global Labor Organization and the Households in Conflict Network. 

Selected Publications

(2017, co-authored with Aladysheva, A, Kyzy, GA, Brück, T, Esenaliev, D, Karabaeva, J, Leung) 'Impact evaluation of the Livingsidebyside peacebuilding educational
programme in Kyrgyzstan,' 3ie Grantee Final Report. New Delhi: International Initiative for
Impact Evaluation (3ie).

(2016) 'Empty cups? Assessing the impact of civil war violence on coffee farming in Burundi,' African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 11(1): 69-83.

(2014 co-authored with E. Bulte) 'Natural Resources and Violent Conflict,' Annual Review of Resource Economics, 6: 69–83.

(2012 co-authored with Voors, M.J., E. Bulte, B.W. Lensink, P. Verwimp & D.P. van Soest) 'Violent Conflict and Behavior: a Field Experiment in Burundi,' American Economic Review, 102(2): 941-64.

(2009 co-authored with Ree, J. de) 'Aiding violence or Peace? The impact of foreign aid on the risk of civil conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa,' Journal of Development Economics, 88: 301-313.