Dr. Tobias Broich

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions

Tobias Broich joined the United Nations University (UNU- MERIT) in the Netherlands as a PhD Fellow in 2012 and graduated in 2017 with his dissertation “New Actors in the Global Economy: The Case of Chinese Development Finance in Africa”. His research fields are development economics, political economy, institutional economics, and African history. His regional focus is sub-Saharan Africa. His research is based on applied econometric analysis and analytical country narratives. During his PhD Tobias conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia where he interviewed Ethiopian government officials, staff from international aid agencies, and NGOs on the role of development finance and international cooperation on poverty reduction. At the graduate school, Tobias taught several courses in statistics and econometrics.

Prior to joining UNU-MERIT Tobias completed a Bachelor and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Economics from Maastricht University. During his Bachelor, Tobias spent half a year abroad at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada. In 2010, Tobias completed a development internship at AIESEC Yaoundé, Cameroon, an international non-governmental not-for-profit organisation. Tobias also interned for the Hans-Böckler-Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Tobias is a referee for the Journal of African Development and the Social Science Quarterly. Between October 2016 and July 2017, he was a Lecturer at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Maastricht University where he taught Development Economics, Doing Business in Emerging Markets, Country Risk Analysis, International Macroeconomics, Innovation in Business and Economic Growth and Understanding Society. Tobias is a member of the Society of Institutional and Organizational Economics (SIOE) and the Chinese Economic Association (CEA).

Since July 2017, Tobias works in the International Development Unit of ECORYS, a research based consulting firm in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with a global reach, providing technical assistance and capacity building in more than 100 countries. Tobias works in the Ecorys Finance and Accountability team which has a strong track record in fields such as strategic planning, budget formulation, budget execution, performance budgeting, and fiscal decentralisation. Its clients include, among others, the European Union, World Bank, DFID, GIZ, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Development Bank and UNICEF.

In his free time, Tobias enjoys travelling, playing and watching football, swimming, reading and photography.




Selected publications by Tobias Broich


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