Elise Wang Sonne 2017 Leamer-Rosenthal Prize RecipientBITSS CatalystEconomics

2017 Leamer-Rosenthal Prize Recipient — Emerging Researcher

Soazic Elise Wang Sonne is a PhD candidate in the department of Economics and Governance at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the application of micro-econometric impact evaluation techniques to understand which interventions work better to increase women’s empowerment, labor saving technology adoption, and children’s health and schooling in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through her teaching activities in statistics and econometrics, as well as her thesis mentorship of MSc students in Public Policy and Human Development at her university, Elise aims to advance the rigor of research methods. She is dedicated to “Empowering the next generation to advance Open education, Open access and Open Data”, and is committed to sensitizing and building junior researchers’ adoption of transparent methods in Sub Saharan Africa.

As a BITSS Catalyst, Ms. Wang Sonne has lead trainings on openness and transparency in Cameroon, South Africa, the UK, the Netherlands, and the US.  Her efforts have lead to the exposure and training of over 150 researchers.