Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Achim Kemmerling joins the Willy Brandt School as new Gerhard Haniel Professor of Public Policy and International Development

The Brandt School is pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Achim Kemmerling, who will join the academic staff as Gerhard Haniel Professor of Public Policy and International Development on January 1, 2018.

Before coming to the Willy Brandt School, Prof. Dr. Achim Kemmerling worked as Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Public Policy, Central European University Budapest teaching courses on methodology, public policy and development. Transferring his research interest in the “real world”, he has worked as a consultant to the German parliament, the German Society for Technical Cooperation (former GTZ, now GIZ), the Open Society Foundation and the European Investment Bank.

He holds a PhD in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin, and an M.A. in International Political Economy from Warwick University. He has published in academic journals of various disciplines (e.g. World Development, Journal of Common Market Studies, Socio-Economic Review) on a wide range of issues from taxation and fiscal policies, to social and labor market policies, and to the environment. His monograph "Taxing the Working Poor" (Edward Elgar 2009) deals with the political and economic tradeoffs between redistribution and job incentives for poor workers. Currently, he is writing on a book about human progress and the role of public policy.

The MPP students can benefit from his experience in his seminar “Do Aid Policies Work? European and International Experience” and in the mandatory course “Comparative Policy” (together with Prof. Heike Grimm.

We are grateful to the Haniel Foundation for the initial funding of this new professorship.