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Binyam Afewerk Demena

Assistant Professor of Development Economics, International Institute of Social Studies

Binyam Afewerk Demena (PhD) is an empirical economist with expertise across economic disciplines focusing on the area of development, environment, and health. He has extensive research experience in several fields related to systematic research synthesis and meta-analysis. He has participated in several impact evaluation projects ranging from international trade, investment, economic conflicts and sanctions to public health, public governance, rural infrastructure programs, and to informal economy and enterprises, applying observational, experimental, and quasi-experimental evaluation techniques. He has a track record of published research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, among others in Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Labour Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, Applied Economics, and Third World Quarterly. He has solid field research experience in low- and middle-income countries.
He is currently deputy coordinator and principal investigator of a targeted EU/ACP financed research project that aims to strengthen the capacity of policymakers, exporters, and trade associations with REPOAOpens external in Tanzania. The project uses a multi-dimensional approach comprising knowledge generation (first pillar), capacity building (second pillar) and value chain development (third pillar). The project is funded by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). He is also a principal investigator of a research project funded by the Local Engagement Facility (LEF) exploring the impact of COVID-19 and the measures taken by marginalized or (often) overlooked groups of people in the City of The Hague, The Netherlands. The project is titled Experiences of recent Habesha migrants to the Netherlands.


  • 2017–present
    Teaching and research fellow, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University


  • 2017 
    International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, PhD in Development Economics