data|in|space gives social scientists easy access to geospatial and non-traditional data sets and are directly useable in standard statistical software packages.

It is also a platform for researchers to publish tools (i.e. code, scripts) and learning materials and get credit for their work.

The aim is to enhance transparency and replicability, and eventually enable social scientists to create their own data sets in pursuit of their inquiries.


Paul Raschky – Founder

Paul is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Monash Business School. He completed his PhD in 2008 at the University of Innsbruck Austria and joined Monash University  in 2009 after a research visit at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in the fields of political economy, environmental economics, insurance economics and development economics with a focus on natural hazards. His research has been published, among others, in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the European Economic Review.

Paul’s website    @PaulRaschky

Sarah Meehan – Content Editor

Sarah Meehan is a freelance writer and researcher working in the areas of economics and law. She was previously Senior Solicitor at Kimberley Community Legal Services in Broome, Western Australia, where she established and ran the service’s West Kimberley office and developed a practice focussed on tenancy and human rights matters, and a Banking and Finance solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne, Australia. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Honours Degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), for which she was awarded the R.H. Snape-Productivity Commission Prize for top student in Honours in Economics, from Monash University.


Roland Hodler

Roland Hodler is Professor of Economics at the University of St.Gallen, External Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre), and Research Fellow at CEPR and CESifo. After having received his PhD in Economics from the University of Bern in 2004, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. He then became Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and later Professor at the University of Lucerne. His main research interests are in political economics and development economics. Among others, he is interested in the economic, social and political effects of ethnic divisions, natural resources, and foreign aid. His research has been published in academic journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics, and has been covered by media outlets such as the Economist, Financial Times, and Washington Post.

Roland’s website