Gursel Rafig oglu Aliyev

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in economics, Northeastern University; B.A. in international economic relations, Azerbaijan State Economic University


Gursel Aliyev is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. He received his M.A. in economics from Northeastern University and a B.A. in international economic relations (graduated with honors) from Azerbaijan State Economic University.

Before joining Pardee RAND, Aliyev was the country director for Azerbaijan’s Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC), an organization that promotes evidence-based policymaking and builds the capacity of social science researchers in the South Caucasus. He has worked at international organizations, including the World Bank and UNICEF. Aliyev also taught business statistics and math for economists at the School of Economics and Management at Khazar University (Baku, Azerbaijan) for nine years. His major fields of interest are behavioral decision-making, survey research, modeling and game theory.

Honors & Awards

  • Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship, U.S. State Department