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 School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and I hold 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

Mapping the Response of Population Movements to Hurricane Harvey with Cellphone GPS Location Data, with M. Oppenheimer, M. , E. Kalhor, A. Zhang, and S.-M. Cheong

Working Papers

Lackner, S. (2018). Earthquakes and economic growth. No. 190. FIW Working Paper. https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/194225/1/1043719490.pdf. Most recent version here.

Lackner, S., Pennerstorfer D., Sinabell F., and C. Small. The Relationship between Nightlight and Socio­economic Variables at High Spatial Resolutions.

Lackner, S. A New Approach to Visualizing Spatial Exposure Data for Comparing Earthquakes.

Lackner, S. A Matter of Measurement: Earthquake Shaking is a Better Predictor for Impacts than Magnitude.


Beedasy, J., Petkova, E. P., Lackner, S., and J. Sury. 2020. Gulf Coast parents speak: children’s health in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Environmental Hazards. https://doi.org/10.1080/17477891.2020.1772188.

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.

Published Reports

Sinabell F., Böhs G., Lackner S., Pennerstorfer D., Habersack H., Löschner L., Samek R., Schober B., and W. Seher. 2016. Natural Hazards and the Impact on Länder Budgets in Austria, Austrian Institute of Economic Research.

Sinabell F., Pennerstorfer D., and S. Lackner. 2016. An Economic Assessment of Torrent and Avalanche Control Measures in Austria. The Supply of Protective Constructions and Future Demand, Austrian Institute of Economic Research.