Soazic Elise Wang Sonne





Soazic Elise WANG SONNE is a Young Professional (YP) with the Social Development Global Practice of the World Bank. From July 2018 till June 2019, she was a UK-DFID Young Scholar/ World Bank Africa Fellow with the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group (FCV). She holds a double engineering degree in statistics and applied economics ("Ingenieur Statisticien Economiste") under ENSAE-Paris/CAPESA and a MSc in Project Evaluation and Sustainable Development from the University of Rennes I (France) funded by the Cameroon UK Chevening Scholarship.

She is a PhD research fellow at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht, The Netherlands and was a 2019 trinity-term fellow at the Refugees Study Center of the University of Oxford. She receives a 2019 German DAAD scholarship at the Max Planck Institute in Rostock, Germany where she worked on digital computational methods using twitter data to proxy migration. She is an affiliate with the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) and was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley CEGA-BITSS From June 2017 till July 2018. From June 2016 till July 2017, she was a research fellow for the New York University (NYU)-Global TIES for children in conflict-affected settings and a 2015 research fellow at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Soazic is mainly interested in understanding the short and long-term consequences of conflict, forced displacement and various development interventions on household’s wellbeing in East and Central Africa. Soazic Research interest on Internal Displacement is on the study of the long-term and intergenerational impacts of IDPs influx on children’s health and learning ability in Burundi. She presented her work at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) in Geneva and the Population Association for America (PAA).  Soazic is a strong advocate of research transparency and reproducibility in Social Sciences and her work as a catalyst across the US, Europe, and Africa has been rewarded by the 2017 UC Berkeley-BITSS Leamer-Rosenthal Prize in the category of Emerging Researcher.