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 a Young Professional (YP) with the Social Development Global Practice of the World Bank Group in Washington DC currently on a Development Assignment with the Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) unit 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.