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Vanessa van den Boogaard

I'm a political scientist specialising in the politics of taxation and informal institutions, the political economy of development, and conflict and statebuilding.

I am a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Tax and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and a Senior Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (University of Toronto).

I completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto and have mixed methods and experimental research experience in Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, and Ghana.

I am the recipient of the Vincent Lemieux prize, recognizing the best PhD thesis in political science in Canada (2019-2020) and I was named one of the TaxCOOP's 35 leaders of the future.


  • 2020–present
    Research Fellow, International Centre for Tax and Development
  • 2020–present
    Senior research associate, University of Toronto


  • 2020 
    University of Toronto, PhD