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Apl. Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

Lead Research Fellow

Head of RP 3

Short CV

  • 10/2015 - 10/2018: Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs

  • Since 2015: Apl. Prof. at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

  • Since 2009: Head of GIGA Research Programme 3 "Socio-Economic Development in the Context of Globalisation"

  • 2009 - 2015: Junior-Professor at the Georg-August-University, Göttingen

  • 2007 - 2009: Head of Research Area ‘Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Development’, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany

  • 2002 - 2006: Research Fellow, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany

  • Since 2002: Various Consultancies for The World Bank, the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the OECD Development Centre (details of selected projects below)

  • 2002: Consultant, OECD Development Centre, Paris, France

  • 2001: Research Assistant, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas, La Paz, Boliva

  • Education: Doctoral Studies at the Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany; Dr.rer.pol. (summa cum laude); Dissertation on ‘Evaluating the Poverty and Distributional Impact of Economic Policies and External Shocks Combining Macro and Micro Approaches: Three Case Studies from Latin America’; Master in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirt) at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany; Undergraduate Studies at Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg, Germany; University of Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain; University of California, Los Angeles, United States

Current Research

  • Informal entrepreneurship in developing countries

  • Structural change and its poverty and distributional implications

  • Natural resources, economic development and conflict

Countries and Regions

  • Africa




Media Contributions


Moderator | 09/03/2021

Launch Event for the Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains

Cooperation Event
Online event: 09/03/2021
Organisers: German Development Institute, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

The virtual launch of the Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains: the network is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with the aim of undertaking and stimulating new research that helps to make supply chains more sustainable and to synthesize the best international research on this topic and make it accessible for policymakers and other societal stakeholders.

For this purpose, BMZ has commissioned the German Development Institute (DIE), the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) to establish a network of internationally leading scholars to produce a series of research papers, conferences, policy dialogues, podcasts, a blog, an annual report as well as a dedicated website.

The launch event will be opened by State Secretary Norbert Barthle, BMZ, and include a panel discussion among leading international supply chain researchers, a discussion on the pros and cons of due diligence laws holding companies accountable for their suppliers as well as selection of topical academic presentations.