Prof. Dr. Franziska Gassmann

Professorial fellow

Research group(s):
2. Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development (coordinator)
6. Migration and Development

Franziska Gassmann (PhD in Economics) is Professor Poverty and Social Protection at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Science, and Professorial Fellow/Senior Researcher at UNU-Merit/MGSOG. She leads the research theme on Poverty, Public Policy and Inclusive Innovation. Her own research studies social protection policies and the measurement of poverty and vulnerability using primarily empirical methods on the basis of large household surveys. Currently, the focus of her research is on understanding investments in social protection in low and middle-income countries, and the relation between social protection and labor market participation. Dr. Gassmann has 20 years of experience as consultant and adviser to Governments and international organizations on social policy issues in Central and Eastern Europe, countries of former Yugoslavia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and South-East Asia. She has project experience in more than 15 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Dr. Gassmann is experienced in the development of monitoring systems, indicators and data collection methods that allow the regular assessment of poverty and the effectiveness and efficiency of social protection policies, using microsimulation, policy impact assessments, benefit incidence and cost-benefit analysis. Dr. Gassmann is regularly teaching in graduate programmes (MSc, PhD) in the field of welfare state economics and public policy analysis (certified university teacher BKO), executive training programmes, and she currently supervises seven doctoral candidates.

Selected publications by Franziska Gassmann