I am an Assistant Professor in Economics at the IE Business School and the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University. My research interests revolve around natural hazards, the socioeconomic impacts of disasters and geospatial data analysis.

I was previously a postdoc at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and I have a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as well as an MSc in Mathematics from the Vienna University of Technology.

Work in Progress

  • Lackner, S., Oppenheimer, M. and Cheong, S.-M. Mapping the Response of Population Movements to Hurricane Harvey with Cellphone GPS Location Data.

Working Papers


  • Lackner, S. 2018. Earthquakes on the surface: earthquake location and area based on more than 14 500 ShakeMaps, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1665-1679, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1665-2018.
  • Beedasy J., Petkova E., Lackner S., Sury J., Jeong Oh E., and W.-Y. Tsai. (2021) Gulf Coast Parents Speak: Children’s Health Outcomes in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Environmental Hazards (Forthcoming)