3ie senior research fellows

3ie senior research fellows contribute to achieving our mission. They provide intellectual leadership and technical support to strategic areas for 3ie. Our fellows are experts in their field and are uniquely positioned to lead or support new and ongoing initiatives and programmes. 3ie’s fellowship programme provides an opportunity for experienced researchers to work with our global team on a range of new and ongoing projects in their area of expertise. Fellowship opportunities will be announced as needs arise.

Who are our senior research fellows?

Anjini Kochhar
Anjini Kochar is a 3ie senior research fellow. She served as Director of the India Program at the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development from 2000 to 2019. Prior to joining the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Stanford University.  Read more

Christoph Zürcher
Christoph Zürcher is a 3ie senior research fellow and a professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. Christoph has also worked with the University of Konstanz, Germany, the Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence, and Freie Universität Berlin.  Read more

David D Ferguson
David Ferguson is a 3ie senior research fellow and runs a boutique consultancy that operates at the intersection of international development, creating evidence of what works, and building partnerships to support innovative, collaborative programs to solve complex challenges.  Read more

Emmanuel Jimenez
Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez is an economist who is currently a non-resident senior research fellow at 3ie. Most recently, after five years Manny stepped down as 3ie’s executive director in January 2020.  Read more


Gonzalo Hernández Licona
Gonzalo Hernández Licona is a 3ie senior research fellow. He is currently the director of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN-OPHI), where he coordinates 60 countries and 19 international institutions to advance and exchange ideas about implementing Multidimensional Poverty Indicators. Gonzalo also works with UNICEF on country-led evaluations.  Read more


John Cropper
John Cropper is a 3ie senior fellow with 25 years of expertise in NGO program and project management. His work focuses on helping NGOs to improve the ways they design, plan, manage and deliver programs and projects.  Read more


John Eyers
John Eyers is a 3ie senior research fellow with 40 years of expertise in information access and retrieval. His work focuses on constructing complex database search strategies for systematic reviews, evidence gap maps and rapid evidence appraisals, and reviewing search methods for the Campbell Collaboration. He has also run search methods workshops in various parts of the world including Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mali as well as in various European countries. Read more

Josh Furgeson
Josh Furgeson is a 3ie senior research fellow with more than 15 years of experience in program evaluation and systematic reviews. His work focuses on impact evaluations, qualitative implementation analyses, and systematic reviews. Read more


Liz Brown
Liz Brown is a senior research fellow at 3ie and currently a staff scientist at Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley where she leads the Cost Transparency Initiative to improve and scale the use of high-quality cost evidence in impact evaluation research.  
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Laurenz Langer
Laurenz is a 3ie senior research fellow. He is currently the senior researcher and the evidence synthesis portfolio lead for the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) at the University of Johannesburg. Laurenz’s work at ACE involves supporting national government decision-makers to integrate evidence from research syntheses (e.g. evidence maps, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses) in the formulation and design of public policies and programmes.
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Michael Bamberger
Michael Bamberger is a 3ie senior research fellow. Since retiring from the World Bank in 2000 he has been an independent development evaluation consultant. He has consulted with 10 UN agencies, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, development banks, foundations, NGOs, and governments on the evaluation of development policies and programs. Michael has spent more than 40 years evaluating development programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including 25 years as a senior sociologist with the World Bank. 
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Maren Duvendack
Maren Duvendack is a 3ie senior research fellow with 15 years of expertise in development economics. Her work focuses on applied micro-econometrics, impact evaluation, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, microfinance as well as replication and reproduction of quantitative analyses. She is particularly interested in the link between microfinance, women’s empowerment and reproductive health. Read more

Marta Moratti
Marta Moratti is a 3ie senior research fellow with more than 15 years’ experience working on the generation, analysis and communication of research and evaluations to inform policy. Her work focuses on poverty, inequality and wellbeing both in international development and in the UK. She is currently an independent consultant working on evaluation, evidence synthesis and research uptake;
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Sean Grant
Sean Grant is a 3ie senior research fellow with nearly a decade of experience in evidence synthesis, research transparency, and intervention science. Dr Grant's work aims to advance the credibility of intervention research and its utility for supporting evidence-based policy and practice. He primarily focuses on interventions for behavioral health, though he is interested in intervention research across the behavioral, social, and health sciences. Read more

Sudhanshu Handa
Sudhanshu (Ashu) Handa is a 3ie senior research fellow and Kenan Eminent Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A trained economist, Ashu is one of the principal investigators of The Transfer Project, an initiative in partnership with UNICEF and FAO to document the wide-ranging impacts of government sponsored cash transfer programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Vegard Iversen
Vegard Iversen is a 3ie senior research fellow with more than 25 years of experience teaching and researching development. He is currently a Professor of Development Economics and Head of the Livelihoods and Institutions Department at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich. He joined NRI from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad where he was a professor (Economics Area).
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Since its inception 3ie has been at the forefront of innovation in impact evaluations, systematic reviews, and evidence gap maps. We have been able to do so with limited staff by drawing extensively on outside experts. It is now time to reward and further encourage their commitment to our mission by offering them the visibility of our fellowship program. We also think we should be transparent about who is working with us.

Marie Gaarder
executive director