Tamara Kool is a PhD fellow in Economics and Governance at Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT. She has a particular interest in human development in fragile and conflict-affected settings. For her PhD, she further explores this setting by focusing on the impact of conflict on society and economy. She holds a MSc. in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT. For the past years, she has been active in the field of gender, peace and security as independent research consultant and as program officer at the Women Peacemakers Program on the project ” Candid Voices from the Field: Obstacles to a Transformative Women, Peace and Security Agenda and to Women’s Meaningful Participation in Building Peace and Security”.