SELUSI Core Academic Team

Marieke Huysentruyt (Academic Coordinator)

Marieke [right in photo] is Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SITE) and Faculty Fellow at the London School of Economics (Managerial Economics and Strategy group at the Department of Management). Her main research fields are poverty, and behavioural and organizational economics. Marieke has a Bio-Engineering Degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, an MSc. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, and a PhD in Economics form the London School of Economics. She has been invited to spend time at Harvard University and the Santa Fe Institute as a visiting scholar, and collaborated with numerous development NGOs e.g. in Kenya, Mali, the Netherlands and the UK. Marieke co-initiated SELUSI and is the academic coordinator of the Project.

Topi Miettinen

Topi is Research Fellow at SITE. His research interests include microeconomic theory, game theory, and behavioural and experimental economics. He holds MSc in Social Sciences majoring economics at the University of Helsinki of which he spent the last year at Université des Sciences Sociales à Toulouse. He has a PhD in economics from University College London. During the last two years of his PhD he held a researcher position at RUESG, an Academy of Finland centre of excellence at the University of Helsinki. Prior to joining the SELUSI team at the Stockholm School of Economics, he spent two-years as a Post-doc at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Germany where he strongly engaged in experimental economics research. He has been active in initiating the PCRC experimental laboratory in Turku, Finland, which was inaugurated in Spring 2009.

Tomislav Rimac

Tomislav is a PhD candidate in Strategic Management and Organizational Theory at IESE Business School in Barcelona. His research focuses on sustainable development and social and institutional innovation practices in new organizational forms that blend for-profit and not-for-profit activities in the context of emerging economies. Tomislav is a part of the European Commission SELUSI (Social Entrepreneurs as Lead Users for Service Innovation) project team that aims at furthering general understanding of emerging social ventures across Europe. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the Pompeu Fabra University and EMBA classes at the Stockholm School of Economics. Before starting his PhD studies, Tomislav worked as a Business Manager for the TD Bank Financial Group, and as a consultant in technology sectors in several countries around the world. He was one of the founding members of Rotman Nexus Consulting, an MBA student-run consulting agency specializing in not-for-profit and social enterprise consulting at the University of Toronto. In 2004, Mr. Rimac launched a social purpose enterprise initiative of the "St. Christopher House" in Toronto. He graduated with distinction from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management’s MBA program in 2004 and holds a masters and bachelor degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. In his free time, Tomislav is passionate about yoga, classical music, travelling, good food and laughing in company of his friends.

Ute Stephan

Ute is Research Fellow at the Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation (MSI) at the School of Business and Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Her main research interests lie in entrepreneurship (cultural influences on entrepreneurship, success and health) and organizational behaviour. Ute has a MSc. in Psychology from Dresden University of Technology and a Ph.D. in natural sciences from Philipps-University Marburg. Ute worked as a full-time Lecturer in Work & Organizational Psychology at the Philipps-University Marburg, as a researcher and project manager at the Dresden University of Technology, and as an independent organizational development consultant. Ute is a founding and board member of the International Network of Psychology of Entrepreneurship Research and Education (INPERE).

Emma von Essen

Emma is a PhD student at the Department of Economics at Stockholm University. The focus of her research is Behavioral Economics, Micro Econometrics and Experimental Economics exploring for example behaviors related to competitiveness, gender and social status. At Stockholm University Emma is a part of a research group focusing on Experimental Economics research. Emma has a Master in Social Science with major in economics from Uppsala University and a Bachelor in Statistics from Stockholm University. As part of the undergraduate studies she worked one semester at UNDP in Bratislava. Prior to joining SELUSI team Emma was a visiting PhD student at the Institute for Empirical Research in economics at Bonn University conducting experimental and behavioral research. Before starting her PhD together with friends Emma initiated a Social Venture focusing on enhancing older women’s participation in outdoor sports.

Sunčica Vujić

Sunčica is a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (Managerial Economics and Strategy group at the Department of Management). Her main area of interest is quantitative research on socio-economic questions, in the fields of economics of crime, economics of education, behavioural economics, and health economics. Suncica holds a B.Sc. degree from the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, an MA degree from the Economics Department of the Central European University in Budapest, an M.Phil. degree from the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam, and a Ph.D. degree from the Economics and Econometrics Departments of the Free University in Amsterdam. Her work experience includes posts at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) of the London School of Economics, The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), and ORTEC Finance. She held lectureship positions at various universities: Free University Amsterdam (statistics, economics and econometrics), University of Freiburg (economics of education), University of Groningen (micro-econometrics and statistics). She also regularly gives Stata courses.

SELUSI Analysts

Cristina Alonso, Tina Basi, Niki Charalampopoulou, Mats Elzen, Genevieve Farjeat Gonzalez, Anabella Florea, Iyasu Ghirmai, Luz Gutierrez, Juan Pablo Larenas, Gauri Mahtani, Jennifer Marzullo, Vera Mazzara, Dunia Mennella, Carmen Mezinca, Visa Miettinen, Gustavo Montes de Oca, Sandrine Schoumans, Bernadett Tarjanyi, Peter Tatrai, Elias Tavsan, Lucia Torres, and Joanna Wylegala.

SELUSI Research Assistants (Past and Current)

Phil Armour, Manasvi Menon, Olivier Darmouni, Bert Peeters and Arvind Pillaipakam-Bahukudumbi




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