I am a Professor of Urban, Regional and International Economics at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. My research interest lies in the areas of labour economics and trade, with a particular interest in creative production and digitisation. My research has touched on several subfields of economics such as agglomeration of economic activity to migration, peer effects, innovation, auctions and art markets to international trade of goods and services, in particular, the role of virtual proximity for global integration. I am an empirical economist and I like working with novel datasets based on which a certain economic, cultural or societal aspect can be quantified and thereby understood better. My most recent research projects deal with the role of the internet for international trade in services as well as the production by historic writers.

I received my PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, my M.A. from University College Dublin, Ireland, and my B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Before I was appointed to Dortmund I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Hamburg, Germany and a Post-Doc at the University of Heidelberg.

I have published in journals such as the European Economic Review, the Empirical Economics, Applied Economics Letters, Research in Economics and the Journal of Cultural Economics. Moreover I have contributed to the Wiley Handbook of Genius edited by Dean Keith Simonton. I will serve on the Board of the Association of Cultural Economics from 2018 to 2020.