I obtained my Ph.D. in
Economics from the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, in January 2005. My area of specialisation is labour economics.
Since my graduation, I have worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock, Germany)
and the National Foundation for Gerontology in Paris and as a lecturer at Brunel University in London. In September 2010,
I joined the University of Manchester as a Senior Lecturer in Development Economics. My current research interests include
education, employment and poverty dynamics in African countries like Malawi and Tanzania. As part of my 3-year British Academy
grant, I am also in the process of building an academic network with researchers from Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso and Cote