Philip obtained his PhD in Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven in January 2003 with a dissertation on the political economy of development and genocide in Rwanda. He specialises in the economic causes and consequences of conflict at the micro-level. Philip has done quantitative work on the death toll of the genocide and on the demography of post-genocide Rwanda. Philip was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at Yale University and worked for the World Bank as a Poverty Economist. He received the Jacques Rozenberg Award from the Auschwitz Foundation for his dissertation. Philip taught Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and at the Universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Utrecht. Philip was a research fellow from the Fund for Scientific Research (Flanders, Belgium) and visiting fellow at ECARES (2007-2009). He currently holds the Marie and Alain Philippson Chair in Sustainable Human Development at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Philip is currently engaged in longitudinal studies of health, schooling and nutrition in Burundi where he is the lead researcher in a partnership between his university and UNICEF-Burundi, involving a.o. impact evaluation. Philip visited the Economics Department of UC Berkeley during the 2013 Fall semester.