Research Associates


Isabelle Agier

Zineb Aouni

Britta Augsburg

Beatriz Armendáriz

Arvind Ashta

Eddy Balemba

Ranjula Bali Swain

Johan Bastiaensen

Olga Biosca

Erwin Bulte

James Copestake

Simon Cornée

Marcella Corsi

Anastasia Cozarenco

Lucia Dalla Pellegrina

Gregor Dorfleitner

Bert D'Espallier

 

Davide Forcella

Cyril Fouillet

Supriya Garikipati

Pascal Glémain

Aleksandr Grigoryan

Isabelle Guérin

Begona Gutiérrez Nieto

Valentina Hartarska

Niels Hermes

Knar Khachatryan

Susan Johnson

Cécile Lapenu

Carolina Laureti

Robert Lensink

Roy Mersland

Solène Morvant-Roux

Ephrem Niyongabo

Anaïs Périlleux

Marc Raffinot

Trond Randøy

Koen Rossel-Cambier

Joakim Sandberg

Claudia Savarese

Coline Serres

Jessica Schicks

Mathias Schmit

Jean-Michel Servet

Mankal Shankar Sriram

Ritha Sukadi Mata

Hubert Tchakoute-Tchuigoua

Annabel Vanroose

Baptiste Venet

Isabelle Agier

Isabelle Agier

Isabelle Agier holds a PhD in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil. She also graduated from the ENSAE and the Paris School of Economics (France). She has spent 5 years in Rio de Janeiro, including 4 years devoted to writing her thesis on the role of credit officers and the control for discrimination against women in loan allocation. Over that period of time, she cooperated with Vivacred, a NGO specialized in providing microcredit in Rio's favelas that recently joined the national Brazilian Programme "CrediAmigo". Her research focuses on the dynamics of intra-household financial decision-making in India, in cooperation with Paris 1 University, the IRD (France), and CERMi.

Email: isabelleagier@gmail.com 

Isabelle Agier's webpage
Isabelle Agier on RePEC
 

Zineb Aouni

Zineb AOUNI is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at emlyon Business School. Her teaching experience covers some fifteen years of coaching and teaching entrepreneurship. Zineb AOUNI obtained her doctorate in entrepreneurship at HEC Liège and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the European Microfinance Research Center (CERMi) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Zineb AOUNI's research focuses on entrepreneur and investor cognition, entrepreneurship education, social entrepreneurship and public policies for entrepreneurship.

Emailaouni@em-lyon.com

 

Britta Augsburg

Britta Augsburg is a Senior Research Economist in the development sector of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo), and an affiliated researcher at the United Nations University-Merit in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Her research concentrates on understanding the effectiveness of programs and policies that tackle constraints to productivity of poverty affected individuals and households, with a particular focus on credit and technology adoption constraints. She has worked on a number of studies related to microfinance and particularly the effectiveness of this financial tool in achieving improved outcomes for the intended beneficiaries. At present, a large part of her project portfolio focuses on sanitation technology – understanding information and financial constraints to uptake at the demand as well as the supply side. To this end, she is managing a number of large scale sanitation impact evaluation projects, primarily randomized field experiments, in India and Nigeria.

 
Email: britta_a@ifs.org.uk
Britta Augsburg's webpage

 

Beatriz Armendáriz

Beatriz Armendáriz

Beatriz Armendáriz is Associate Professor of Economics at University College London. She has worked as a Research Fellow at the OECD, has taught Economic Development at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Toulouse School of Economics, and Microfinance at the Solvay Brussels School of economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where she was recipient of the “Brains Back in Brussels Fellowship”.

She co-authored the first and second edition of The Economics of Microfinance with Jonathan Morduch, respectively in 2005 and 2010, MIT Press.  Beatriz co-edited The Handbook of Microfinance with Marc Labie in 2011, and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. With Felipe Larraín, she has recently published The Economics of Contemporary Latin America, MIT Press, 2017, and, together with Aaron Graham, she is recipient of the World Savings Bank Institute 2019 Award for their work on micro-savings.

Beatriz Armendáriz grew-up in México where she founded the first Grameen replication in her native Chiapas in 1997.

 
Email: b.armendariz@ucl.ac.uk
Beatriz Armendariz on the University College London website
Beatriz Armendariz on RePEC
 

Arvind Ashta

Arvind Ashta is a professor of finance, control and law at the Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Burgundy School of Business – CEREN in Dijon, France. He offers an optional course in Microfinance and has taught Microfinance as visiting faculty in Chicago, Brussels and Pforzheim, and provided student seminars in Barcelona, Hertfordshire, Nancy and Mysore. Microcredit, social entrepreneurship, and fintech are currently his main fields of research. He has authored "Microfinance: Battling a Wicked Problem" and “Realistic Theory of Social Entrepreneurship: A Life Cycle Analysis of Micro-Finance”. He has edited a book on "Advanced Technologies for Microfinance" and co-edited books on "MIS in Microfinance" and on "Slow Management". He has over eighty publications in international journals, including Ecological Economics, Strategic Change, Innovations, and Cost Management. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, a PGDM from IIM Calcutta, a LL.B., from Delhi University, a Doctorate in Law from the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) and a HDR in Economic Sciences from the University of Lille 1 (Sciences and technologies). He worked 17 years in Corporate Enterprises in India and France in the fields of Management Control and Accounting before entering academics. He is a member of CERMi, the Research and Innovation Network (RRI) and an informal member of the European Microfinance Platform.

 
Email: arvind.ashta@bsb-education.com
Arvind Ashta on the Burgundy School of Business website 
Arvind Ashta on RePEc
Arvind Ashta's other working papers on SSRN
Arvind Ashta on Research Gate
 

Eddy Balemba

Eddy Balemba

Eddy Balemba Kanyurhi is an associate professor in the Faculty of Economics and Management at Catholic University of Bukavu, South Kivu, DRCONGO. He holds a PhD degree in Economics and Management from the Warocqué School of Business and Economics in Mons, Belgium. He has a master degree in Microfinance from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles). His research interests include Microfinance, Banking Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Gender Analyis and Pychometric Analysis. He published in "International Journal of Bank Marketing", "Strategic Change" and "Innovations. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management". He also has forthcoming articles in "Mondes en Developpement" and "Revue Finance Contrôle et Stratégie". 

Email: balemba.kanyurhi@ucbukavu.ac.cd

Eddy Balemba on UCB
Eddy Balemba on Research Gate
 

Ranjula Bali Swain

Ranjula Bali Swain

Ranjula Bali Swain is a Visiting Professor and Research Director, at the Center for Sustainability Research, Stockholm School of Economics and a Professor of Economics at Södertörn University. Ranjula Bali Swain’s research interests are primarily in the field of microfinance, rural credit markets, vulnerability, gender and sustainable development. In the past she has also worked as an Expert of Impact Assessment at the International Labour Organisation, Geneva, Uppsala University, Sweden and has been Visiting Professor/Scholar at University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Tufts University and University of Pretoria to name a few. She has extensive field experience from Asia, Africa, Central America and Eastern Europe. Her recently published books include, The Microfinance Impact (Routledge), Sustainable Consumption and Production (Volume 1): Challenges and Development (Palgrave Macmillan) and Sustainable Consumption and Production (Volume 2): Circular Economy and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan).
 
Email: Ranjula.Bali@hhs.se  -  Ranjula.Bali.Swain@sh.se
Ranjula Bali Swain on Stockholm School of Economics website
Ranjula Bali Swain on the Södertörn University website
 

Johan Bastiaensen

Isabelle Agier

I have an historical research interest in microfinance for rural development, immediately related to my involvement in the creation and the development of the Fondo de Desarrollo Local (FDL). The FDL is the microfinance institution that was created from within Nitlapan. Today, FDL is the largest and most rural/agricultural microfinance institution in Nicaragua, with a historical trajectory of innovation to which my IOB research has attempted to contribute over the years.


Email: johan.bastiaensen@uantwerpen.be

Johan Bastiaensen's webpage
Johan Bastiaensen on Researchgate
 

Olga Biosca

Dr Olga Biosca is a Senior Lecturer and lead researcher on Microfinance at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University (UK). Olga is experienced in transnational comparative research dealing with economic exclusion and vulnerable groups and has extensively published in these topics. At present, Olga is principal investigator of the FinWell project, the first ‘Financial Diaries’ research project in the UK, which aims to explore the financial management strategies used by the low-income population, such as the use of microcredit, and how these connect to their health and wellbeing. She has also been involved in several national and international research projects such as, for example, the Horizon2020 projects TransSol, which investigates transnational solidarity at times of crisis, and SIRIUS, aiming at advancing integration of migrants, refugees and asylum applicants in European Labour Markets. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sheffield, and an MSc degree in Development Economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.

 
Olga Biosca on the Glasgow Caledonian University website
Olga Biosca on Research Gate
 

Erwin Bulte

Erwin Bulte

Erwin Bulte is a professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), as well as a professor at the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands), where he is in charge of the department of Development Economics. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University (UK) and an advisor on agrarian and development economics for the World Food Organization.

 
Email: erwin.bulte@wur.nl
Erwin Bulte on RePEc
 

James Copestake

James Copestake

James Copestake is a member of the Centre for Development Studies of the University of Bath since 1991. He teaches development economics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has carried out his own research and supervised doctoral students in the fields of agrarian change, microfinance, poverty, social protection and aid management. He has first-hand experience of carrying out research in India, Zambia, Malawi, Bolivia and Peru. Prior to joining the University he worked with the official British aid programme in Bolivia and India, and with non-government organisations in India and Zambia. He has carried research and consultancy sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat, DFID, ESRC, Ford Foundation, National Audit Office, Nuffield Foundation and the Wold Bank. James Copestake is an active member of the Development Studies Association. He has served as an external examiner for the universities of Birmingham, Bradford, Imperial College (Wye), Manchester, Reading, SOAS, Swansea and the Open University. He has a degree in economics from Cambridge, and an MSc and a PhD in agricultural economics from Reading.

He has published numerous articles, in the Journal of International Development, Development Policy Review, Small Enterprise Development, Journal of Development Practice, Journal of Microfinance and Journal of Development Studies.

 
Email: j.g.copestake@bath.ac.uk
James Copestake on the University of Bath website
James Copestake on RePEc
 

Simon Cornée

Simon Cornée

Simon Cornée is assistant professor at the University of Rennes 1 (France) and researcher at the CREM CNRS. He holds a PHD in Management Science from the University of Rennes 1. His main research