Helen Berga Paulos

Research themes
  • Global development and trade
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Theories of Development
  • Macroeconomic Issues
  • Land, water, food and energy
Research countries
  • Ethiopia
Professional experience

Research Fellow, Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions/Ethiopian Inclusive Finance Training and Research Institute

Junior Research Fellow, Ethiopian Economics Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute

Graduate Assistant and Part-time Lecturer, Addis Ababa University


MSc in International Economics

BA in Economics

Funding institutions


Thesis title

Modeling the Nexus between Water, Energy and Food in the Eastern Nile Basin

Thesis abstract

The Eastern Nile Basin is generally indicated to be one of the regions in the world with high existing tension, emerging peril and security threats regarding the three most important resources of water, energy and food (WEF). Ethiopia is central to the WEF nexus in the Eastern Nile basin due to its geographical location, resource base and, persistently changing demand for these resources triggering more investments on water development. This study will try to address questions on how cooperation through joint development of the interdependent WEF sectors affects economic benefits in the three sectors across Eastern Nile. The study will mainly rely on secondary data. Primary assessment of the views and concerns of key stakeholders will also be conducted which can serve as a base for scenario development. Methodological approaches with are suitable to address specific research questions mainly an integrated hydroeconomic will be used.

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr Joachim von Braun

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Alisher Mirzabaev

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Junior Researcher


ZEF B: Department of Economic and Technological Change