Gundula Loffler entered the Wagner doctoral program in 2009. Her research interests are in institutional issues of local finance and decentralization reform; participatory local governance and accountability; modes of delivery and aid effectiveness. She completed her coursework and comprehensive exams in the fields of public policy, international development and mixed methods and is currently preparing her dissertation proposal.
Prior to joining NYU Wagner, Gundula worked in development assistance for the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Egypt, Syria and Germany on issues such as participatory development, decentralization, slum upgrading and urban management. She spent three years in Cairo as advisor on capacity development for local governance. Gundula holds a Masters in Public Policy and Management from the University of Konstanz in Germany and a Masters in City and Regional Studies from Rutgers University.