Soazic Elise Wang Sonne is a PhD research fellow in economics and governance from the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands. She is an economist at the Health, Nutrition and Population unit of the World Bank Group in Washington DC supporting projects aiming at strengthening health systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected situations for a better response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She holds a double engineering degree in Statistics, Econometrics and Applied Economics and a MSc in Program Evaluation from the CAPESA/ ISSEA/ ENSAE Paris with distinction. Her research interests are on the intersection of applied development impact evaluation in conflict and post-conflict affected countries using a quantitative lens. She is an affiliate and alumni of the Project TIER aiming at Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research and was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). In 2019 she was a trinity-term fellow at the University of Oxford Department of International Development and a German DAAD scholar at the Max Planck Institute in Rostock, Germany where she worked on digital computational methods using twitter data to proxy migration. She was also a GDN-EIB research fellow with the Global Development research Network and received the 2020 UK Imperial College London Women Scholarship Award. She is a recipient of a research grant for the Council of Social Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA) to promote research transparency and openness in higher education in Africa. She has so far been a strong advocate of research transparency and reproducibility in the Social Sciences and her work as a catalyst across the US, Europe, and Africa has been rewarded by the 2017 UC Berkeley-BITSS Leamer-Rosenthal Prize.