Gundula Loffler has been in the Wagner doctoral program since the fall of 2009. Her research interests are in institutional issues of local finance and decentralization reform, participatory local governance and accountability and modes of delivery and aid effectiveness. She is currently working on her dissertation about fiscal decentralization and revenue mobilization in Rwanda. Her dissertation research involves extensive field work comprising both quantitative and qualitative data collection.
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.