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Dr Elisa Cavatorta is a Reader in Economics in the Department of Political Economy.

Elisa holds a PhD in economics from Birkbeck, University of London. Before joining the department, she worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

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Elisa’s research focuses on the study of conflict, the formation of individual preferences and beliefs, impact evaluation of policy interventions and the development of new measurement tools for applied research. Her research addresses questions like: how and why does living in a violent context shape the formation of people's preferences and beliefs? What factors drive the willingness and the ability to negotiate and cooperate? What conditions and interventions facilitate cooperation and improve socio-psychological wellbeing? She uses a variety of methods, including lab and field experiments, RCTs, large-N surveys and cohort studies. She has a regional expertise in the Middle East region. Check out her latest research.

PhD supervision

Elisa welcomes PhD applications from potential students interested in the following topics:

  • Consequences of exposure to violence
  • Impact evaluation of educational and psychological interventions
  • Preference and beliefs formation and their heterogeneity
  • Anti-social behaviour prevention and attitude change