Graduating PhD Students

Avtandil Abashishvili

Avtandil received his Bachelor’s degree from Tbilisi State University in Georgia and his MSc degree in International Economics at the University of Mainz in Germany. He joined the RTG team at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Philip Jung (TUD) in 2019 and will be graduating in 2023.

Avtandil is an alumnus of the US State department financed Future Leaders Exchange Program and DAAD ERP study scholarship. He has more than three years of professional working experience at private and public institutions, including Tbilisi Municipality City Hall. Besides, he is an active film photographer and mountaineer.

His research interests are International Trade, Labor Economics, and Regional Economics.


Nina Furbach

Nina Furbach holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Heidelberg and a Master’s degree from the University of Bonn, both in Economics. She started her PhD in 2018 at the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) and in 2019 she joined the first cohort of the RTG at the Chair of Philip Jung (TUD). Before starting her PhD studies, Nina interned at the German Central Bank and completed the ECB’s traineeship program. She will be receiving her PhD degree in 2023.

Nina’s research interests are centered around Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Public Economics and Inequality.


Maren Kaliske

Maren Kaliske is a doctoral researcher at the chair of Christiane Hellmanzik for urban, regional and international economics. She is holding a Bachelor in Politics and Economics from the University of Münster, Germany and a Master in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Her main research area is in the field of international trade and regional economics, where she provides novel evidence on the dynamics of national and regional trade and investment flows in the European Union. She works with theoretically embedded empirical analysis using large datasets on international and regional trade as well as investment flows both on aggregate and firm level. Her three dissertation chapters consider different aspects of the intra-EU trade relations, i.e. political convergence, environmental policy preferences and investment in road infrastructure.

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Philipp Markus

Philipp Markus started his PhD in 2018 at the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics. In 2019, he joined the RTG at the Chair of Tobias Seidel (UDE). Philipp studied Economics in Bonn and Cologne where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He gained work experience at a research and consulting company and did an internship at the Tanzanian Trade Development Authority (TanTrade).

Philipp’s research interests are centered around Public Economics, Inequality, and Regional Economics. His dissertation work is on the measurement of local amenities in the context of regional disparities. Philipp will be graduating from the RTG in 2023.