Graduating PhD Students

Eyayaw Beze (UDE)

Eyayaw Teka Beze is expected to receive his PhD from the Chair of Tobias Seidel at the University of Duisburg-Essen in the Summer of 2024. He has a master’s degree in development policy from KDI School in South Korea and in Comparative Local Development from a consortium of four European universities (the Corvinus University of Budapest, University of Regensburg, University of Trento, and the University of Ljubljana). He worked as an intern at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg, Germany, and as a lecturer of economics at Jimma University, Ethiopia, before joining the RTG and RGS in the Ruhr Area.

His research interests focus on regional and urban economics, particularly housing markets, and data science with R and Python.


Siegfried To will be defending his dissertation in Summer 2024 at the Chair of Tobias Seidel, where he has worked as part of the RTG since 2020. Siegfried has a B.Sc. in Economics with a Political and Computer Science minor as well as a Master’s in Economics at the University of Heidelberg and Mannheim respectively. He spent one semester abroad at the Keio University in Tokyo.

Siegfried’s research interests are the application of Machine Learning methods in Economics as well as regional heterogeneity.


Lu Wei (UDE)

Lu Wei is a graduating PhD student in the job market 2024, working under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Tobias Seidel at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Before joining the RTG for her doctoral studies, Lu achieved a Master’s degree in Economics from Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and a Bachelor’s degree in International Finance from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Her scholarly pursuits are enriched by diverse professional experiences in investment management and economic consulting. Lu’s research is primarily centered around International Trade, Regional and Urban Economics. Her doctoral research projects include notable works such as “A Quantitative Analysis of the EU – South Korea Free Trade Agreement”, “Trade Liberalization and Production Fragmentation”, and “High-Speed Rail and Regional Disparities in China: A Quantitative Analysis”.