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Ralph Hippe

Ralph Hippe is a scientific officer in the Human Capital and Employment Unit of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). While initially at JRC Ispra (Italy), he now works at JRC Seville (Spain).

He contributes to research and policy support in education economics and various related areas. Among others, he has been responsible for JRC reports using PISA data and is currently working on SELFIE, a self-reflection tool supporting schools for learning in the digital age which was launched on 25 October 2018. Ralph has been involved in all parts of the project. He is a PM2 certified project manager and is leading SELFIE for vocational education and training (VET) and work-based learning.

Ralph has (co-)authored more than 30 publications, including various articles in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Journal of Economic Growth) and a book on education economics.

He previously worked as a post doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics (LSE) on the development of the knowledge economy (in particular, education and ICT) within a green growth framework. He was also a consultant in a World Bank project and a visiting researcher at IDDRI/Sciences Po Paris.

Ralph holds a PhD in economics from University of Strasbourg, BETA/CNRS (France) and University of Tübingen (Germany) (summa cum laude). His thesis was awarded four dissertation prizes (e.g., by DFH/UFA) and focused on human capital formation and economic growth in the European regions. During his PhD, he worked as a Research Assistant at Sciences Po Strasbourg and the University of Tübingen, giving more than 250 hours of lectures in English, French and German.

He also holds Master's degrees in business administration and management from Ecole de Management Strasbourg and University of Tübingen (very good, 1.11). He wrote his Master's thesis at Banque de France on regional economic integration.

Ralph speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.