Prof. Dr. Janina Isabel Steinert

Room: H.202a

Phone: 089/ 907793 - 321


Twitter: @jisteinert

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Research Focus

Prof. Steinert‘s (*1989) research focus lies primarily in the fields of global health and development economics. Research topics include the examination of inter-dependencies between poverty and disease, the prevention of domestic violence and HIV/AIDS, and the identification of ethical challenges in development research. In prior projects, she has implemented randomised controlled trials as well as behavioural games in countries of the Global South and has conducted several systematic reviews and meta-analyses.


Prof. Steinert studied Political Science at the University of Konstanz (Germany) and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and holds a Master’s degree and a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford (UK). Prof. Steinert was a Post-Doc at the Development Economics department at the University of Göttingen until joining the TUM School of Governance as Professor in “Global Health“ in 2020.

Five Selected Publications

Steinert JI, Cluver LD, Meinck F, Nzima D, Doubt J: “Opening the Black Box: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Social and Psychological Mechanisms Underlying Changes in Financial Behaviour”. Journal of Development Studies. 2020;Online First.

Kaplan L, Kuhnt J, Steinert JI*: “Do no harm? Field research in the Global South: Ethical challenges faced by research staff”. World Development. 2020; 127: 104810. *authors contributed equally

Redfern A, Cluver L, Casale M, Steinert JI: “Cost and cost-effectiveness of a parenting programme to prevent violence against adolescents in South Africa”. BMJ Global Health.  2019; 4(3): e001147.

Steinert JI, Cluver LD, Meinck F, Doubt J, Vollmer S: “Household Economic Strengthening through Saving and Budgeting: Evidence from a Field Experiment in South Africa”. Journal of Development Economics.  2018134, 443-466.

Steinert JI, Zenker J, Filipiak U, Movsisyan A, Shenderovich Y & Cluver LD: “Do Saving Promotion Interventions Help Alleviate Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”. World Development. 2018; 104, 238-256