Prof. Hodler is Professor of Economics at the University of St.Gallen and Research Fellow at CEPR, CESifo and OxCarre. He holds a PhD from the University of Bern. He had appointments at the University of Melbourne and the University of Lucerne before moving to St.Gallen. His research covers topics in development and political economics. His interests include how ethnic diversity, natural resources and foreign aid influence economic and human development as well as conflict, corruption and favoritism. He often works with geospatial data covering African countries. His research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; and covered by the BBC, the Economist, the Guardian, Le Monde, NZZ, and the Washington Post. He is also a member of the Bayelsa State Oil & Environmental Commission. This commission develops proposals for reforming the governance of the oil industry in the Niger Delta, with the goals of reversing environmental degradation and improving local livelihoods.