Amare Teklay Hailu

PhD, Senior research assistant

Amare Teklay Hailu

Amare has dual professions: economist and software developer. As a Senior Research Assistant at Beijer, he plays a pivotal role in the project Sustainability, Emotions, and Intelligent Machines, funded by the Wallenberg Foundation, within the research programme Governance, Technology and Complexity.  In this project he leverages his programming skills to develop experimental platforms, while drawing upon his experience in experimental economics to contribute to experiment design, data analysis, and interpretation of results. Additionally, he contributes to running simulations in system dynamics and regime shifts in another project.

Amare’s research interests encompass a broad spectrum, ranging from human behavior and environmental issues to natural resources, incentives for behavior change, the interaction between technology (specifically AI) and human behavior. His research skills include experimental methods, econometric analysis, as well as machine learning and predictive analytics.

After completing his PhD at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in 2018, he was a Mäler scholar at Beijer from September 2018 to March 2019 and served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) from March 2019 to September 2021.

Amare is cautiously optimistic about AI. With a keen eye on the interplay between human actions and technological advancements, he aims to understand and leverage this relationship for societal and environmental betterment, seeking to uncover novel ways in which technology can be harnessed to shape positive behavioral outcomes.