Marc-Andreas Muendler | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Marc-Andreas Muendler | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Prof Marc-Andreas Muendler, University of California, San Diego, United States

Prof. Marc-Andreas Muendler is a distinguished professor at the University of California, San Diego, specializing in economics since July 2017 and serving as the Department Chair since July 2023. He is the founding director of the Globalization and Prosperity Lab (GP-lab). With extensive affiliations, he is a research professor at the ifo Institute, a research associate at NBER, and a research fellow at CESifo. His work focuses on international trade, economic growth, and labor economics. His research has been published in top-tier journals, highlighting his influential contributions to the field πŸŒπŸ“šπŸ‘¨β€πŸ«.

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πŸŽ“ Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation titled “Essays on International Trade, Growth, and Finance” (May 2002). πŸ“š Spent 2000-01 as a visiting doctoral student at PontifΓ­cia Universidade CatΓ³lica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 🌍 Holds a Diplom-Volkswirt in Economics from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, with a thesis on “The Impact of Government on Family Planning” (May 1998). πŸŽ“ Earned an M.A. in Economics from Boston University (September 1997) and a Baccalaureat in Economics from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (September 1996). 🌟


Marc-Andreas Muendler is a distinguished Revelle College Faculty Fellow at UC San Diego (2023-2024). He has collaborated with Reto Follmi and Hartmut Egger on projects funded by SNF and DFG (2021-2024). Muendler’s article on offshoring was among the top five most cited in the Journal of International Economics (2014-2016). He has co-investigated research for CEPR, PEDL, and Weiss Family Program Fund. He received numerous grants from NSF and the World Bank. Muendler’s work earned him the UCSD Faculty Teaching Award (2013-14) and the Journal of Development Economics Prize (2001). πŸ†πŸ“ŠπŸŒ

Research focus

Dr. Marc-Andreas Muendler’s research focuses on international trade and its economic impacts. His work explores firm-level export behaviors, market learning in employee spinoffs, and the relationship between trade and inequality. His studies often analyze data from various countries, examining how trade policies influence labor markets, wage inequality, and the allocation of tasks and skills both onshore and offshore. Key themes in his research include export dynamics, firm productivity, and multinational labor substitution. Dr. Muendler’s comprehensive approach bridges theoretical models with empirical evidence to better understand global economic patterns and their implications. πŸŒπŸ“ˆπŸ’ΌπŸ‘©β€πŸ”¬

Publication top notes

Do employee spinoffs learn markets from their parents? Evidence from international trade

Trade and inequality: From theory to estimation

Trade and tasks: An exploration over three decades in Germany

Export or merge? Proximity vs. concentration in product space

Exporters and their products: A collection of empirical regularities

Sources of wage inequality

Offshoring and the onshore composition of tasks and skills

Employee spinoffs and other entrants: Stylized facts from Brazil

Margins of multinational labor substitution


Chuma Maxwele | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Chuma Maxwele | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Dr Chuma Maxwele, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Dr. Chuma Maxwele is an accomplished economist with a PhD from Nelson Mandela University 🏫. He holds a Master’s in Commerce in Economics πŸŽ“, along with a Bachelor’s in Education (Economics and Business Management) from the University of Fort Hare πŸ“˜. His expertise spans international trade, applied microeconomics, and econometrics πŸ“ˆ. Dr. Maxwele has taught at various educational institutions and conducted significant research, focusing on economic complexity and governance in Sub-Saharan Africa 🌍. He is proficient in Xhosa and English 🌐 and has published multiple papers in renowned journals πŸ“‘.

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πŸŽ“ Dr. Chuma Maxwele’s academic journey began at Qokolweni S.S.S., Mthatha, where he completed Grade 12 with top marks in IsiXhosa, English, Mathematics, and more. He earned a Bachelor of Education in Economics and Business Management from the University of Fort Hare (2012-2015), excelling in modules like Basic Classroom Research and Community Development. At Nelson Mandela University, he achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics (2017) and later, a Master’s in Commerce in Economics, specializing in Advanced Macroeconomics and Economic Impact Assessment. Dr. Maxwele culminated his studies with a PhD in Economics, producing an impactful thesis. πŸ“šπŸŒŸ

Research Skills

Conducted basic classroom research at UFH, and a research treatise at NMU. Completed a research paper on β€œDeveloping content knowledge in Economics” and β€œEffect of the exchange rate on economic growth in South Africa” over two months (August-September 2015) at UFH, and 11 months at NMU.

Research focus

Chuma Maxwele’s research focuses on the intersection of economic complexity and governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. His work explores how intricate economic activities and structures impact the quality of governance across different countries. By analyzing cross-country data, he aims to uncover patterns and relationships that can inform policy and drive sustainable development. This research is crucial for understanding how economic diversity and sophistication contribute to better governance outcomes, ultimately fostering growth and stability in the region. πŸŒπŸ“ŠπŸ”πŸ“ˆ

Publication top notes

Economic Complexity and Good Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cross Country Analysis


dilan Kilic Onar | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award

dilan Kilic Onar | Social Sciences | Best Researcher Award


Dr dilan Kilic Onar, University of Southampton, Turkey

Dr. Dilan KΔ±lΔ±Γ§ Onar is a dedicated psychologist and researcher specializing in sexual health and romantic relationships. She holds a BA in Psychology from Hacettepe University, an MSc in Health Psychology, and is pursuing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Southampton. Her research interests include women’s sexuality, communication about sexual preferences, and sexual satisfaction in relationships. Dr. KΔ±lΔ±Γ§ Onar has published extensively and presented at international conferences. She also has teaching experience and has volunteered as a psychologist in disaster relief efforts. πŸ§ β€οΈπŸ“šπŸ‘©β€πŸ«βœ¨

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Graduating from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology πŸŽ“πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡· in 2013, the journey continued at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, where a Master’s in Family Counselling was completed between 2014-2016 πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘ͺ. Further advancing in the field, an MSc in Health Psychology was earned from the University of Southampton in the UK during 2017-2018 πŸŽ“πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§. Currently, the pursuit of a Ph.D. in Psychology at the same institution has been ongoing since April 8, 2019 πŸ§ πŸ“š, demonstrating a deep commitment to psychological research and practice.


With a robust background in psychology, I’ve worked on various projects, including my MSc under Prof. Roger Ingham and Prof. Haluk Arkar, and my PhD under Prof. Cynthia Graham and Dr. Heather Armstrong. Since 2019, I’ve been part of the CCCAHP and an affiliate of the CSHR. My roles included being a Research Assistant under Verena Klein and a Volunteer Researcher for a project on sexual re-partnering in later life. As a teaching assistant at the University of Southampton (2020-2023), I taught and marked various courses. Additionally, I’ve served as a psychologist in Turkey and contributed to disaster relief efforts. πŸŒŸπŸ“šπŸ§ 

Research Interests πŸŽ“πŸ”

My research focuses on sexual health and romantic relationships, emphasizing women’s sexuality and pleasure. Key areas include communication about sexual preferences, addressing sexual problems, and maintaining sexual satisfaction over time. πŸŒΈπŸ’¬β€οΈ

Presentations πŸŽ€πŸ“…

Presented at international conferences including the International Academy of Sex Research and the World Association for Sexual Health on topics like women’s solo masturbation and mutual masturbation. πŸŒπŸ—£οΈ


In 2020, he received funding from the COST-funded Action CA18124 “European Sexual Medicine Network” (ESMN) Training School, and I attended the European Research Workshop in Sexual Medicine from October 18-20, 2021, in Porto, Portugal πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή. He was honored with the Young Investigator Award by the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy in November 2020 πŸ†. Additionally, I participated in the International Postdoc Week, a research retreat at the psychology department of Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, from October 24-28, 2022 πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ. These experiences have significantly enriched my research and professional development in sexual medicine and psychology πŸ“šπŸ’‘.

Research focus

Dilan KΔ±lΔ±Γ§ Onar’s research focuses on sexual health, particularly within the context of relationships. Her work explores women’s experiences, motives, and perceptions of masturbation while in a relationship, as well as the role of mutual masturbation in enhancing sexual satisfaction and sexual self-esteem. By systematically reviewing qualitative studies, she sheds light on how these intimate behaviors contribute to overall relationship dynamics and individual sexual well-being. Her studies aim to provide a deeper understanding of sexual practices and their psychological and emotional impacts, highlighting the importance of open communication and mutual satisfaction in relationships. πŸ’‘πŸ”πŸ“š

Publication top notes

What does research tell us about women’s experiences, motives and perceptions of masturbation within a relationship context?: A systematic review of qualitative studies

The Role of Mutual Masturbation within Relationships: Associations with Sexual Satisfaction and Sexual Self-Esteem