Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

Lead Research Fellow | Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

  • 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


    • Rat für nachhaltige Entwicklungspolitik der Stadt Hamburg
    • W3 - Werkstatt für internationale Kultur und Politik e.V.
    • Entwicklungsökonomischer Ausschuss, Verein für Socialpolitik
    • International Association for Research in Income and Wealth

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428

    Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

    "Stepping Down the Ladder": The Impacts of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Removal in a Developing Country

    This paper provides quasi-experimental evidence from Ghana on the impact of fossil fuel subsidy removal on cooking fuel choices.

    Hannes Greve

    Formerly Research Fellow

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

    Land Use Policy | 08/2022

    Smallholders in Agro-Industrial Production: Lessons for Rural Development from a Comparative Analysis of Ghana’s and Indonesia’s Oil Palm Sectors

    Dr. Daniel Chrisendo

    Dr. Abdul Malik Iddrisu

    Dr. Alhassan Abdul-Wakeel Karakara

    Dr. Nunung Nuryartono

    Prof. Dr. Evans Osabuohien

    Environment and Development Economics | 07/2022

    How Vulnerable are Small Firms to Energy Price Increases? Evidence from Mexico

    The vulnerability of small firms to price shocks may partly explain why fossil fuel subsidy removals in developing countries are so difficult to implement. This paper analyzes the effects of fuel and electricity price increases on profits of micro- and small-sized enterprises in Mexico.

    GIGA Working Papers | 05/2022

    Large-Scale Land Deals and Social Conflict: Evidence and Policy Implications

    How do large-scale land acquisitions increase the risk of conflict, and what kind of policies can mitigate this effect? The authors address these questions with a policy-oriented synthesis of prior research and develop policy recommendations in highlighting the need for regulatory frameworks, consultation, and transparency.

    GIGA Focus Africa | 5/2021

    Development Cooperation Policy with Africa: Dare for More Coherence

    Development policy plays a crucial role in addressing global as well as African challenges. The authors of this GIGA Focus Africa expect the future German Federal Government to ensure coherence in development policy and joint action by the foreign, economic and environment ministries.

    Research Project | 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2022

    Land-Based Investments in Global Supply Chains and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups

    The second phase of the research project “Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Rural Change, and Social Conflict” focuses on the socio-economic impact of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA) on local populations, particularly in terms of communal land rights and indigenous groups. Furthermore, it investigates the relationship between LSLA and global (agricultural) supply chains. The project aims to synthesise existing research and generate new evidence at the intersection of rural development and sustainable production and consumption.
    BMZ, 2022

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft: Digital Transformation Lab (DigiTraL)

    The Digital Transformation Lab (DigiTraL) has a tripod structure. The lab currently focusses on Leg I – “Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft”, funded by the Federal Foreign Office. (Legs II “Digital Development and Sustainability” and III “Digital Warfare and Peace” are planned to complement the work at a later stage.) "DigiTraL Diplo" focuses on how digital transformation offers new opportunities, challenges, and instruments for foreign policy. It will identify the chances and (security) threats of digitalization to advance adequate responses of (digital) diplomacy.
    FFO, 2021-2023

    Research Project | 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2026

    Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)

    MIASA, based at the University of Legon, Ghana, is one of five Maria Sibylla Merian Centres for Advanced Studies, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research. Its overall aim is to work towards a reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production and bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. MIASA's thematical focus is on sustainable governance. The GIGA contributes to the Interdisciplinary Fellow Group on ‘Sustainable Rural Transformation’ and its outreach activities.
    BMBF, 2020-2026

    Research Project | 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2022

    Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains

    The aim of the research network is to contribute to the sustainability of global supply chains through research. It initiates new research, pools the expertise of leading scientists around the world and makes new findings accessible for political decision-makers and other stakeholders. The network is hosted by a consortium of the German Development Institute (DIE), the GIGA, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).
    BMZ, 2020-2022

    Stuttgarter Zeitung | Interview | 27/08/2021

    Afrika muss noch wichtiger werden | Quote | 27/08/2021

    Wie Investitionsanreize in Afrika wirken

    Süddeutsche Zeitung | Quote | 27/08/2021

    Wie der Pakt der guten Hoffnung läuft

    Organiser | 02/11/2022 - 03/11/2022

    Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium 2022

    Several German research institutes ATB, GIGA, IGZ, PIK, ZALF and ZMT – all members of the Leibniz association – have initiated the Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS). The aim of LEADS is to foster interdisciplinary exchange and stimulate collaboration on global societal challenges.

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

    Moderator | 24/02/2022

    Third Indo-German 1.5 Track Dialogue

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar hosted and chaired this closed-door dialogue with other experts and decision-makers from Germany and India. Ambassador Jasper Wieck and Ambassador Rachita Bhandari spoke and discussed at this cooperation event, among others.

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

    Chair | 07/12/2021

    Sustainability in Global Value Chains

    Cooperation Event 06/12/2021 - 07/12/2021 Organisers: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel Centre for Globalization, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), German Development Institute

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

    Teaching | University of Göttingen | 2020

    Controversies in Development Economics

    University of Göttingen Göttingen Germany


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