I am an Urban Economist at the World Bank where I joined the Africa Urban and Disaster Risk Management team based in Washington, DC. I have been focusing on the drivers and impediment of African cities’ productivity and livability, including fragility. My work cuts across issues of the economics of urbanization, conflict/fragility and disasters. I am currently working in various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. I obtained my PhD in Economics from the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Universit√© libre de Bruxelles. In 2014-2015, I was a Fulbright visiting student researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. I hold Master degrees in economics and in demography from Universit√© catholique de Louvain (2008 and 2012). During my PhD, I studied post-war economics, drawing from micro-level evidence from the African great lakes region.

I am particularly interested in Development Economics, Civil War, Spatial development, Public Health, Demography and Applied Microeconometrics

My CV is here.

You can contact me at odaoust@worldbank.org