Myriam N. Marending

I am a quantitative researcher at NOVA School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal, with a research fellowship at NOVAFRICA.

My interests and expertise lie within the field of spatial econometrics, micro and macro development with a growing emphasis on financial mechanisms.

In my research, I seek to study and understand how shocks and constraints impact the decision-making of actors, assembling large datasets based on surveys and satellite images. On the one hand, my research attempts to quantify climate change induced socio-economic risks at the micro-level. Of particular interest is the quantification of environmental quality in its interplay with climate-resilient and sustainable development adaptation pathways. On the other hand, motivated by the overall negative cost benefit equation of insecurity, I work to examine conflict dynamics around peace interventions and to learn how the path to peace is not simply the reversal from the path to war.

During my professional career I have been leading research projects in Mali and Chad and consulted stakeholders in an EU financed security and development project in Central Mali.

I received a Ph.D. in economics from the Department of Economics at Copenhagen Business School, a MA in Economics from the University of St.Gallen and a BA in International Affairs from the University of Geneva.