Aline Meysonnat joined the Evans School as a Research Associate in October 2018. She earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. After obtaining her degree, she spent one year as a research associate at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).
Her research relates broadly to economic growth, poverty reduction and more recently gender inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region. Her research methods include both mathematical modeling and empirical research. In her dissertation, she investigated how much aid is needed for countries to grow out of poverty using a multi-stage optimum control approach. More recently, her research focused on women and youth empowerment in the MENA region. Specifically, she was involved in a large-scale research project funded by the ILO adapting the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) to the Tunisian’s context. Currently, she works on projects related to gender inequality and women empowerment in agriculture.
In addition to her work at the university, Aline served as a consultant for UNICEF, WFP and the World Bank Group working on development projects in Central and South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.