Astrid holds an MA (2010) in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University, which she carried out in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C., USA. Prior to this she was awarded a BSc with honours (2008) in Economics, Politics and International Studies with study abroad from the University of Warwick. For her year abroad, she studied economics for a year at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain (2006/07). She is currently pursuing her Executive Masters Degree in the Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems at the EPFL.
Astrid is an Austrian/Ugandan urban economist based in Kampala, Uganda, who has worked in government and non-governmental organizations across various countries. She is currently the Senior Country Economist for Cities, working with the policy research institution, International Growth Centre (IGC). The IGC, led by the London School of Economics and University of Oxford, is based in 15 countries across Africa and Asia and in this role, she manages and carries out policy-based research, based on demand from the government, in the urban sector. Prior to joining the IGC, she worked for Innovations for Poverty Action as the Interim Deputy Country Director for Uganda as well as a Program Manager for Evidence Action, which included work in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi. Astrid has also worked as an analyst on a large-scale agriculture project in South Sudan and as an Economist in the Ministry of East African Community in Kenya focusing on the Common Market and Monetary Union negotiations. In 2016, she was nominated by the University of Cape Town as one of Africa’s Young Leaders.
Her areas of research interest are within the broad frame of urban economics, specifically looking at municipal financing, urban mobility and land reform, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has published a number of papers, blog posts and articles in international media on a variety of subjects. Astrid is particularly interest at the nexus of policy and research. Outside the urban sector, Astrid has interests in public financial management overall and has worked on a number of randomized control trial experiments in different sectors.