Tilman Brück


Director, ISDC – International Security and Development Center, Berlin, Germany; Team Leader, Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Großbeeren, Germany; and Professor, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK

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Research Interests

Development economics, including the empirical analysis of poverty and employment. Economics of security, conflict, reconstruction and terrorism. Measurement of conflict in household surveys. Impact evaluations in conflict-affected areas.


Professor Tilman Brück is Team Leader, Development Economics, IGZ in Großbeeren near Berlin and the Founder and Director of ISDC – International Security and Development Center in Berlin. He is also Research Affiliate of the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Professor Brück is the co-founder and co-director of the “Households in Conflict Network (HiCN)”.

His research interests focus on the economics of household behavior and well-being in conflict-affected and fragile economies, including the measurement of violence and conflict in household surveys and the impact evaluation of programs in conflict-affected areas. He has published over thirty articles in peer-reviewed journals (including Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Comparative Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, and World Development) and edited over a dozen books and special issues of journals on the economics of conflict and insecurity. Professor Brück has led as a principal investigator several impact evaluations in conflict-affected and fragile states.

Professor Brück was previously Director of SIPRI, Professor of Development Economics at Humboldt-University of Berlin, and Head of the Department of Development and Security at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). He has also worked as a consultant for the BMZ, European Commission, DFID, GIZ, ILO, KfW, OECD, UNDP, USAID and the World Bank. Tilman Brück studied economics at Glasgow University and Oxford University and obtained his doctorate in economics from Oxford University.

Browse Tilman Brück's Working Papers

HiCN Working Paper Nº 297

Can Jobs Programs Build Peace?

Tilman Brück, Neil T. N. Ferguson, Valeria Izzi and Wolfgang Stojetz

HiCN Working Paper Nº 280

The Microeconomics of Violent Conflict

Verwimp, P., Justino, P. and T. Brück

HiCN Working Paper Nº 277

Determinants and Dynamics of Forced Migration to Europe: Evidence from a 3-D Model of Flows and Stocks

Brück, T., K. M. Dunker, N. T. N. Ferguson, A. Meysonnat and E. Nillesen

HiCN Working Paper Nº 275

Assets for Alimentation? The Nutritional Impact of Assets-Based Programming in Niger

Brück, T., Díaz Botía, O. M., Ferguson, N. T. N., Ouédraogo, J and Ziegelhöfer, Z.

HiCN Working Paper Nº 260

Micro-Foundations of Fragility: Concepts, Measurement and Application

Baliki, G., Brück, T., Ferguson, N. T. N. and S. W. Kebede